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Formed: 1981
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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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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First Bands and Dates Announced For MDF 2015

The first round of band confirmations have been made for Maryland Deathfest 2015. The thirteenth edition of the festival will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from May 21-24, 2015.

The bands confirmed so far are as follows:

Aeternus (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Arcturus (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Aura Noir (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Bulldozer (Italy) - exclusive US appearance
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult (Germany)
Demoncy
Dragged into Sunlight (UK)
D.R.I.
Einherjer (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Funebrarum
Goatsnake
Impetuous Ritual (Australia) - exclusive US appearance
Lock Up - exclusive US appearance
Lycanthropy (Czech Republic)
Master
Melt-Banana (Japan)
Metal Church
Noisear
Neurosis
Portal (Australia) - exclusive US appearance
Serpentine Path
Skepticism (Finland) - exclusive US appearance
Splatterhouse
Suffering Mind (Poland)
Triptykon (Switzerland) - exclusive US appearance
Tsjuder (Norway) - exclusive US appearance
Twilight of the Gods - exclusive US appearance
Ufomammut (Italy)
Vallenfyre (UK) - exclusive US appearance
Vulcano (Brazil) - exclusive US appearance
Winter
Wolfbrigade (Sweden) - exclusive US appearance

Dates that each band performs and running times will not be set until closer to the festival dates.

The organizers are satisfied with the venue situation this year and have decided to use the same set up next year. This means that Maryland Deathfest 2015 will use the Edison Lot (located at 545 N. High St) for the two main stages, Rams Head (located at 20 Market Place) will be used each night and will host death/black metal bands, and Soundstage (located at 124 Market Pl) will be used each day/night for grind/hardcore/punk bands. On Thursday, only Rams Head will be used.

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Ronny Munroe Premieres New Music Video "United"

Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe premiered a music video for the new track "United" over at Metal Rules at this location (also streaming in the player below). The song appears on his new solo release "Electric Wake," which is set for a June 24th release date via Rat Pak Records.

The track listing for "Electric Wake" is as follows:

1. Burning Time
2. Ghosts (Feat. George Lynch) (streaming here)
3. Electric Wake
4. Turn To Stone
5. My Shadow
6. Not You Not Me
7. Pray
8. Ritual Damage
9. Sleepless Mountain
10. The Others (Feat. Pamela Moore and Dave Rude) (see music video here)
11. United
12. Tainted Nation (Bonus Track)
13. Total Eclipse (Iron Maiden Cover) (Bonus Track)

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Metal Church Announces New Tour Dates

Metal Church will release new album "Generation Nothing" on October 22nd, 2013 via Rat Pak Records.

Now the band has also announced a series of tour dates in support of the release this coming February and March, 2014. Currently announced details are as follows:

2-15 Sat Orange County, CA Tiki Bar
2-16 Sunday Hollywood, CA The Whisky A Go Go
2-18 Tuesday Tempe, AZ Club Red
2-20 Thursday San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
2-21 Friday Houston, TX Concert Pub North
2-22 Sat Oaklahoma City, OK Chameleon Room
2-23 Sunday Dallas, TX Trees
2-25 Tuesday Indianapolis In The Headquarters
2-26 Thursday Chicago, IL Reggies
2-28 Friday Westland, MI Token Lounge
3-1 Sat Toronto, Canada The Rockpile East
3-2 Sunday Toronto, Canada The Rockpile West More...

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Metal Church Posts Outtake Footage From New Video

Metal Church posted outtake footage from the upcoming new music video "Generation Nothing," the title track from the band's comeback release. The album is scheduled to drop on October 22, 2013 via Rat Pak Records. The track list is:

1. Bullet Proof
2. Dead City
3. Generation Nothing (streaming here)
4. Noises in the Wall
5. Jump the Gun
6. Suiciety
7. Scream (streaming here)
8. Hits Keep Coming
9. Close to the Bone
10. The Media Horse

Check out the outtake video here: More...

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Metal Church Streaming Title Track Of New LP

Days after streaming the new track "Scream", the iconic metal act Metal Church is streaming the title track to the forthcoming comeback album "Generation Nothing."

The album is set for release on October 22, 2013 via Rat Pak Records. The track list is:

1. Bullet Proof
2. Dead City
3. Generation Nothing
4. Noises in the Wall
5. Jump the Gun
6. Suiciety
7. Scream
8. Hits Keep Coming
9. Close to the Bone
10. The Media Horse

Check out "Generation Nothing" here: More...

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Metal Church Streaming New Track "Scream"

Metal Church is streaming the new track "Scream." The song appears on the upcoming comeback release "Generation Nothing," which is scheduled for release on October 22, 2013 via Rat Pak Records.

The track listing and cover art for the album can be seen over at this location. Check out "Scream" here:

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Metal Church Unveils "Generation Nothing" Artwork

Legendary metal act Metal Church is set to release the comeback album "Generation Nothing" on October 22nd via Rat Pak Records. The album artwork has been unveiled (shown below). Pre-orders for the release can be found at this lcoation.

"Generation Nothing" marks the bands 10th full length studio release and boasts the return to the band's classic metal sound, says founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof: "It has elements of both the first album and the 'The Dark,' but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past."

Now with the current band’s line up, Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar), Ronny Munroe (vox), Jeff Plate (drums), Rick Van Zandt (guitar) and Steve Unger on bass, "Generation Nothing" combines the best elements of the band’s early roots with modern day lyrical content and a revived hunger that delivers an electric assault of anthemic & epic metal songs! Videos for "Generation Nothing" and "Dead City" are currently in the post production stage and a world tour is in the works for 2014.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Bullet Proof
2. Dead City
3. Generation Nothing
4. Noises in the Wall
5. Jump the Gun
6. Suiciety
7. Scream
8. Hits Keep Coming
9. Close to the Bone
10. The Media Horse More...

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Metal Church Posts Samples Of New LP

Legendary thrash act Metal Church, who celebrated a reunion at sea aboard 70,000 Tons of Metal in January 2013, have now posted samples from the upcoming comeback release "Generation Nothing." The album is targeted for release this fall via Rat Pak Records.

The track listing has been revealed to be:

1. Bullet Proof
2. Dead City
3. Generation Nothing
4. Noises in the Wall
5. Jump the Gun
6. Suiciety
7. Scream
8. Hits Keep Coming
9. Close to the Bone
10. The Media Horse

Samples of "Hits Keep Coming" and "Scream" can be heard here: More...

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Metal Church Announces Name Of New LP

Legendary metal act Metal Church have announced that the name of the the forthcoming comeback album will be entitled "Generation Nothing." The band revealed that the album is completed on its Facebook Page and that dates for release will be announced soon.

The band reunited for the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise back in January and in a recent interview with Ronny Munroe, the album has "a lot of stuff that’s reminiscent of the old days. There is actually some thrashy punk sounding stuff, and of course there is some elements of…'Method to Your Madness' off 'The Dark.'"

More information is expected shortly. More...

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Metal Church Completes Recording Of 10th Album

Legendary thrash act Metal Church has announced that the recordings for the comeback album and follow-up to 2008's "This Present Wasteland" have been completed.

A post on the band's Facebook Page states: "OK, the new album has been recorded and now the mixing process begins!! This could be the best MC record of the Metal Church MK3 era!! Woohooo!! Cheers."

The band is expected to detail the album with a targeted release later in 2013. More information is expected shortly. More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal Posts Final Lineup

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.

The complete lineup is as follows:

3 Inches of Blood
Anaal Nathrakh
Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ektomorf
Ensiferum
ETECC
Evergrey
Fatal Smile
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween
Helstar
Holy Grail
Immolation
In Flames
Inquisition
Kreator
Lacuna Coil
Lizzy Borden
Metal Church More...

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