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

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Meshiaak To Support Metal Church

Heavy metal titans Metal Church recently announced a string of European tour dates for this summer in celebration of latest studio album "XI," which was released last year via Nuclear Blast. Australian group Meshiaak has been announced as direct support act on this trek.

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof from Metal Church comments: "The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for heavy metal music is second to none!"

Meshiaal added: "We are extremely excited to be making our debut tour through Europe with the mighty Metal Church. We couldn't be happier about starting our journey in Europe and we can't wait to finally play our new songs live." More...

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Jeff Plate Splits With Metal Church

Jeff Plate, longtime drummer for Metal Church, announced his departure from the band citing time and time management issues. The band announced that it is withdrawing from the AlterBridge/In Flames tour scheduled for this May.

In a post on Facebook, Plate stated: "Hello everyone. It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my departure from Metal Church. I came to this conclusion 2 weeks ago, and agreed to hold off on the announcement until Metal Church had made some decisions on what they were going to do.

"This is obviously not an easy decision. After many conversations with myself, my wife, my family, my management and Kurdt Vanderoof and Mike Howe, I know I am doing the right thing for my future.

"I know there will be questions and speculation. The bottom line is time, my time, and how best I manage it. I had to come to terms with the fact that time is just blowing by at the speed of light and there is no time for me to second guess or regret anything I'm doing. At this point in my life I need to be in more control of my time and career. I have a number of things I’d like to do and try, and to do these I have to give up something I truly love and am very proud of.

"I cannot thank Kurdt Vanderhoof enough for inviting me into Metal Church. For the past 12 years I have had the honor and privilege of playing some of the best, truly iconic Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal songs ever written. I have recorded 4 records with the band. The latest, 'XI', is not only one of my favorite Metal Church records, but I feel it is the one of the best, if not the best records I have recorded throughout my career.

"Also, I cannot thank the Metal Church fan base enough for the tremendous support. I have met thousands of you over the years and you, fans old and new, are simply the best. You have kept this band alive for the past 33 years, and I am sure there is more great music to come.

"Metal Church is in a good place, and there are a number of shows and good things coming up this year. This decision is made now to not only let me prepare for the year to come, but also to let Metal Church do the same. Kurdt Vanderhoof(g), Mike Howe(v), Steve Unger(b), Rick VanZandt(g), Tim Harding(sound and production), and Joe Obrien(President @ Rat Pak Records) have been a tremendous team, and they are also very good friends of mine. I wish them nothing but the best.

"I hope to see you all again somewhere down the road. I will keep you posted on my activities. Trust me, I will not sit still for very long. Thank you, take care." More...

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Metal Church Issues "Fake Healer" Re-Make Video

Metal Church issued a video clip for the newly re-made classic "Fake Healer" (originally released in 1988 on "Blessing in Disguise"). The song features a duet with Mike Howe and Queensryche's Todd LaTorre. It will be featured as a studio track on the band's upcoming new live album "Classic Live," coming April 28th via Rat Pak Records.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Beyond the Black
2. Date with Poverty
3. Gods of a Second Chance
4. In Mourning
5. Watch the Children Pray
6. Start the Fire
7. No Friend of Mine
8. Badlands
9. The Human Factor
10. Fake Healer (Feat. Todd LaTorre) (Bonus Studio Track) More...

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Metal Church Announces New Tour Dates

Metal Church is very pleased to announce the band is returning to U.K. shores in June for a five date long run, touring in celebration of latest studio album "XI," which was released last year via Nuclear Blast.

The tour kicks off at legendary London venue the Camden Underworld on 20th June, taking the five piece to Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, before finishing at Thekla, Bristol on 24th June. Supports are to be announced in due course.

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said of the announcement: "The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for Heavy Metal music is second to none!"

20th June – London, Underworld
21st June – Glasgow, Audio
22nd June – Belfast, Limelight 2
23rd June – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
24th June – Bristol, Thekla More...

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Metal Church Issues "Needle & Suture" Video

Metal Church issued a new video clip for the song "Needle And Suture." The song appears on the latest album "XI," which marked the triumphant return of Mike Howe to vocals. Check out our review of the album at this location.

Metal Church will be headlining ProgPower USA XVIII Day 2 on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Check out the video here:

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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

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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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