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Formed: 1981
From: Seattle, WA, United States
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ProgPower USA Finalizes Days 1 & 2 Lineups

Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) and Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) - co-promoters for Days 1 & 2 of ProgPower USA - finalized the lineups for the 2017 installment of the annual U.S. Festival. Tickets for Days 1 & 2 will be available on November 1, 2016. For information and ticket links, head on over to this location. Days 3 & 4 have already sold out.

The running order and day placement for Days 1 & 2 is coming soon, but the bands are as follows:

Haken (UK) (Performing "Visions" in full) (Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Headliner)
Metal Church (USA) (Thursday, September 7, 2017 Headliner)
Between The Buried And Me (USA)
Orphaned Land (Israel)
Vanden Plas (Germany)
Serenity (Austria)
Twilight Force (Sweden)
Power Quest (UK)

The eight acts join previously announced acts for (and subsequently sold out) Days 3 & 4 of the festival (brought to you by festival founder Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), which are as follows: More...

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Butcher Babies Hitting The Road With Megadeth

Butcher Babies will be hitting the road with Megadeth this fall as part of the "Dystopia" tour in North America. Also joining will be Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Metal Church.

The month long tour starts in Casper, WY on September 20 and concludes on October 16 in Camden, NJ. In addition to the tour, both Butcher Babies and Megadeth will be performing at this year's "Ozzfest Meets Knotfest" event, which takes place on September 24 & 25 in San Bernardino, CA

Speak about her enthusiasm for the upcoming tour, Butcher Babies vocalist Heidi Shepherd states, "We're incredibly honored to join forces with some of our idols, legendary musicians and bands! Megadeth is a staple in metal music and we can't think of a better way to round out our 2016 touring schedule than with these metal gods. Who didn't grow up with a Megadeth poster glued to your wall with dreams of dreams of sharing the stage with them. Bucket list... Check!" More...

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Wacken Open Air Live Stream Available

This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).

The live stream can be accessed at this location.

The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):

Thursday, August 4th:

16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
17h40-18h05 Hämatom
18h10-19h25 Saxon
19h30-20h30 Panzerballett
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
23h35-00h15 Therapy?
00h15-00h45 (tba)
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)

Friday, August 5:

16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
18h30-19h45 Eluveitie
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
21h10-22h25 Tarja
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
00h15-01h30 Ministry
01h45-03h00 Testament

Saturday, August 6th:

15h40-16h55 Borknagar
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
18h15-19h30 Therion
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
20h55-22h10 Clutch
22h15-23h30 Triptykon
23h35-00h35 (tba)
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...

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Amon Amarth Announces Tour With Megadeth

This September and October, Swedish metal group Amon Amarth will return to the U.S. as direct support to Megadeth.

The tour, which runs from September 20th through October 16th, will also include Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok.

Comments Amon Amarth of the upcoming trek: "We are proud to be supporting the legendary and mighty Megadeth on their US tour in September! Sharpen your blades and bring out your drinking horns, because this will be a brutal show that no true metalhead should miss. Raise your horns!"

During the journey, Amon Amarth ill also join the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, and more on Sunday, September 25th as part of the annual Knotfest. See all confirmed dates below. More...

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Metal Church Kicking Off New Tour

The heavy metal titans from Metal Church just released their latest blistering album "XI" on March 25th through Nuclear Blast Records.

In support of this comeback release with returning vocalist Mike Howe, the band will be touring Europe starting this Friday. The package will be completed by Antwerp, Belgium-based metallers Bliksem and Dutch old school thrashers Distillator. Find all dates below.

w/ BLIKSEM, DISTILLATOR
06.05. D Hamburg - Klubsen
07.05. D Hannover - Musikzentrum
08.05. D Saarbrücken - Garage
10.05. UK London - Underworld
12.05. CH Pratteln - Z7
13.05. D Regensburg - Airport Obertraubling
14.05. D Gelsenkirchen - Rock Hard Festival*
15.05. D Berlin - Columbia Theather
*METAL CHURCH only More...

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Armored Saint Hitting The Road With Metal Church

Starting this June, the mighty Armored Saint will head back out on the road, playing to fans across the world this summer. The first run of dates kicks off in the USA, with the band joining Metal Church for a special west coast trek.

Armored Saint's Joey Vera (bass) comments: "We're super excited to go back out for some select dates this summer. The June dates with Metal Church are a fan-made match that is sure to be an amazing time!"

As previously reported, Armored Saint will also make several European festival and club appearances this July, before concluding a world tour in Japan at Loud Park. See below for all upcoming dates! More...

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Metal Church Releases "Reset" Lyric Video

Metal Church released a lyric video for the new track "Reset," the opening track from the new album "XI." The album drops on March 25th via Rat Pak Records (Nuclear Blast in EU).

"XI" marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles via this location. A limited number of the deluxe international versions are available on the website and features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself.

The track list for "XI" is:

1. Reset
2. Killing Your Time (see lyric video here)
3. No Tomorrow (see music video here)
4. Signal Path
5. Sky Falls In
6. Needle & Suture
7. Shadow
8. Blow Your Mind
9. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools

Check out "Reset" here: More...

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T.S.O.'s Caffery To Join Metal Church On U.S. Tour

T.S.O./Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery announced that he will be filling in for injured Metal Church guitarist Rick van Zandt on the band's upcoming U.S. tour, which commences March 24th in Portland, ME.

In a post on Facebook, Caffery stated: "I'm really excite[d] to announce that I will be playing guitar with the mighty Metal Church on their upcoming US tour. Their guitarist Rick had a serious eye condition develop that needed surgery and we all pray for his continued, speedy and successful recovery.

"It will be a lot of fun to play with my longtime bandmate Jeff Plate and the guys. The first time I toured with Kurdt his band Vanderhoof was opening for Savatage. Then my solo band opened for Metal Church on my Faces tour! Steve was on bass then at the time, all of these guys are amazing musicians. It's gonna be so awesome to hear Mike Howe every night! I watched him on the cruise and was blown away at how incredible his voice is!

"If you don't have your tickets yet...what are you waiting for! It's time to go to Church!

"Lots of work on my end in the next few weeks but I can't wait to play this stuff live! See you soon!"

For dates and venues for the upcoming tour (which includes European dates), head over to this location, or refer to the poster below.

Metal Church will release "XI" on March 25th via Rat Pak Records (Nuclear Blast in Europe). It marks the return of former vocalist Mike Howe. More...

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Metal Church Announces U.S. Tour

Hard rock titans Metal Church are hitting the road in the United States and Europe in support of their latest Rat Pak Records (Nuclear Blast in EU) release "XI," which is due out on March 25th.

The band will be playing two warm-up shows in the state of Washington before heading out on the Monsters Of Rock cruise this month. The first leg of the United States tour kicks off on March 24th in Portland, ME and runs through April 9th wrapping up in Rochester, NY at the Montage Music Hall. The record release party for "XI" will be the show on March 25th in Manchester, NH at the Jewel Nightclub. Admission to that show is free and is on a first come first served basis. Metal Church will be heading over to Europe in May and then return back to Europe for more dates in July and August. More tour dates to be announced in the near future. For more information on all upcoming tour dates, go to this location.

"XI" marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles via this location. A limited number of the deluxe international versions are available on the website and features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself.

The track list for "XI" is:

1. Reset
2. Killing Your Time (see lyric video here)
3. No Tomorrow (see music video here)
4. Signal Path
5. Sky Falls In
6. Needle & Suture
7. Shadow
8. Blow Your Mind
9. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools

For the current list of tour dates check out the image below: More...

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Metal Church Announces European Club Shows

The U.S. heavy metal titans from Metal Church will unleash their latest record "XI" on March 25th through Nuclear Blast Records. Not only that, but the band will be showcasing songs from this killer release live during May with a string of European club shows, as well as the Rock Hard Festival.

Support for the club shows will come from Antwerp, Belgium-based metallers Bliksem and Dutch old-school thrashers Distillator See all dates below.

"XI" was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier. The band’s 11th studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe. Catch these upcoming Metal Church tour dates: More...

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Metal Church Posts "Killing Your Time" Lyric Video

Pacific Northwest metal titans Metal Church released a lyric video for the new track "Killing Your Time." The song appears on the band's upcoming new album "XI," which is set to drop via Rat Pak Records on March 25th. The band’s 11th studio release marks the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe. The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles at this location.

"XI" was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier. The track listing is:

1. Reset
2. Killing Your Time
3. No Tomorrow (see music video here)
4. Signal Path
5. Sky Falls In
6. Needle & Suture
7. Shadow
8. Blow Your Mind
9. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools

Check out "Killing Your Time" here: More...

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Details Of New Metal Church Album "XI" Revealed

Pacific Northwest metal titans Metal Church have announced the track listing and unveiled the cover for their latest album "XI," slated for release on March 25th via Rat Pak Records. The band’s 11th studio release marks the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe. The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles at this location.

A limited number of the deluxe international versions are available on the website, which features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself. The album is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play and via iTunes over here. Fans that order the digital version will receive an instant download of "Killing Your Time" from the new album. "XI" was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier.

From the first guitar riff of album opener "Reset" through the driving outro of album closer "Suffer Fools," it is clear Metal Church is back and better than ever. "Needle and Suture" and "Soul Eating Machine" showcase the songwriting that made the early Mike Howe albums "The Human Factor," "Blessing In Disguise" and "Hanging In The Balance" such fan favorites. Musical opuses "Signal Path" and "Sky Falls In" clock in at over 7-minutes each and put the musicianship that Metal Church was known for on full display in 2016. More...

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Metal Church Reveals Album Release, Posts Video

Metal Church returns with latest album "XI," slated for release on March 25th via Nuclear Blast Records (except North and South America, where the release is handled by Rat Pak Records on the same date).

The band’s 11th studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The reunion between Mike and Metal Church started in July of 2014 when Mike started working with Kurdt Vanderhoof on a side project he was forming with Nigel Glockler from Saxon.

Through these initial conversations, Kurdt convinced Mike to ultimately return to Metal Church. The idea was to see if they could recapture some of the magic from the three albums Metal Church released in the late 80’s: "The Human Factor," "Blessing In Disguise," and "Hanging In The Balance."

Out of those sessions, "XI" was born. “At first I struggled with the decision to come back, but after hearing the riffs that Kurdt was writing, I just couldn’t resist, the music called to me and I wanted to be part of it!” says returning vocalist Mike Howe.

Metal Church has also released an official music video for the debut single from "No Tomorrow." The video was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. More...

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Metal Church Posts Making Of New Video Footage

Metal Church released the second part in a series of EPK videos for the upcoming, yet untitled, new release. All the details of the new album, which marks the return of vocalist Mike Howe, will be issued on Tuesday, January 5th by the band and record label RatPak Records.

In this part, the band shows you behind the scenes footage for the making of the music video for the new track "No Tomorrow." In the last minute or so, a part of that new tune can be heard. Check it out here:

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Metal Church Posts EPK For New Release

Legendary U.S. metal veterans Metal Church released the first part in a series of EPK videos for the upcoming, yet untitled, new release. The album marks the return of vocalist Mike Howe, who rejoined the band in 2014 following the departure of Ronny Munroe.

In the video, guitarist/founder Kurdt Vanderhoof and vocalist Mike Howe discuss how the two came back together and rediscovering the bands roots in Aberdeen, Washington.

Details on the new album have yet to be announced, however, the album is expected in 2016 and details should surface shortly. Check out the video, which features clips of new tracks and Mike Howe in the studio:

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Metal Church Posts Video Album Update

Metal Church posted a video album update with drummer Jeff Plate (check it out in the player below), which includes some audio snippets of the new tracks "Find Your Way" and "Killing Your Time," both songs to be featured on the as of yet untitled upcoming new release. Recently, the band revealed that former vocalist Mike Howe has rejoined and later unleashed the re-recorded version of "Badlands".

In addition, a second audio clip for the new track "Suffer Fools" can be heard in the second player below.

In the update, Plate discusses the progress of the new album and that it should be released in 2016 - the year which the band has promised a very active year, including the performance at the 2016 Monsters of Rock (East) ("Shredders From the Deep")

Check out the video report here:

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Metal Church Releases Re-Recorded "Badlands"

Metal Church is streaming the re-recorded classic "Badlands," with Mike Howe back on vocals. The track originally appeared on the 1989 album "Blessing In Disguise." Howe recently rejoined the band and a new album is in the works.

There is no indication yet whether the track will appear on the upcoming release, or if any other tracks are being re-recorded from that era, however, a new album is expected this year via Rat Pak Records.

Check out the track here:

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Mike Howe Rejoins Metal Church

Legendary frontman Mike Howe has returned to Metal Church. In the summer of 2014, the band suddenly found themselves in need of a new singer with the departure of Ronny Munroe. As fate would have it, guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof was already in talks with Mike for another project that he was working on with Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler, so he decided to ask Mike to rejoin Metal Church. Mike agreed, but true to form, didn’t want to make it official until he knew for sure that the integrity of the new material was there. In Mike’s own words, "I didn't want to come back to Metal Church just for nostalgia, it had to be for the right reasons, it had to be the best stuff we’ve ever written together or it just wouldn't be worth it to anyone, especially the fans.”

Soon after, Kurdt and Mike began exchanging ideas and writing new material with the band. The end result sounds like "Classic Mike Howe era Metal Church, it’s both heavy and melodic" says Vanderhoof and further states "Mike sounds the same as he did 20 years ago, this is going to be truly epic!!" Drummer Jeff Plate comments, "Mike Howe is the ONLY singer for Metal Church. He has a reputation of complete honor and respect. We can now take Metal Church to the next level!"

Mike Howe originally joined Metal Church in the late 80’s and released 3 albums with the band: "The Human Factor," "Blessing In Disguise" and "Hanging in the Balance." Mike was also the face of popular music videos "Date With Poverty" and "Badlands" that aired during MTV’s heyday.

The band is currently in the process of working on their new album, which will be released later this year via Rat Pak Records.

Metal Church is:

Mike Howe (Vocals)
Kurdt Vanderhoof (Guitars)
Jeff Plate (Drums)
Steve Unger (Bass)
Rick VanZandt (Guitars) More...

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Ronny Munroe Splits With Metal Church

Legendary U.S. metal act Metal Church has announced that vocalist Ronny Munroe has split with the band to "pursue other interests." Munroe appeared on four albums that spanned his 10 year stint with the band. The statement posted on Facebook assures fans that the band is alive and well and "big announcements" are expected soon, presumably one of them being the naming of a replacement.

The statement reads: "AFTER 10 YEARS, 4 ALBUMS AND MANY GREAT SHOWS & PERFORMANCES, LEAD VOCALIST RONNY MONROE WILL BE LEAVING METAL CHURCH TO PURSUE OTHER INTERESTS. THIS IS REGRETTABLE, BUT UNDERSTANDABLE. WE WISH RONNY SUCCESS WITH HIS NEW ENDEAVORS. TO OUR FANS WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT METAL CHURCH IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE AND WE WILL HAVE SOME BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR YOU IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE \m/" More...

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Roundtrip To Hel, Part II

[Continued from Part I]

SATURDAY, 6/28 - 13:30

“That’s a killer e-cig; where’d you pick it up?”

Actually, the stranger on the bus doesn’t say that. At least not in English. And judging from his condescending glare from a row up and across the aisle, I’m thinking he doesn’t approve.

I exhale the last puff of vapor toward the ceiling and shrug uncomfortably.

Rachel exchanges a few words with him, nudges me on the shoulder. “He’s definitely not from here - I can’t recognize his accent - but he says you’re not allowed to do that on the bus.”

“If he’s not from here, why’s he lecturing other people on the rules?” I shoot the man a neutral nod. “This stuff isn’t affecting him.” Still, I put it away. Some people, man. Busybodies.

Through my vest pocket, I finger the boxy outline of the pack of Marlboro Reds I bought last night after I caved. Post-Dimmu, our gearing-down at Nikky’s place a few blocks away became a relaxed, languid, drawn-out gab session, leading us to miss the afterparty band, Amorphis. For shame. Harakiri shame.

Instead, we ended up at PRKL, another rock club, well after midnight. After buying the pack and stepping outside to smoke one, I nearly got myself flattened by a passing street tram. That was probably some kind of sign. More...

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