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

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Below is our complete Metal Church news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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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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Delain And Heidevolk Confirmed For 70K Tons Cruise

Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:

Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ensiferum
Evergrey
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween More...

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Tiamat And Evergrey Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The heavy metal cruise 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this coming January 28th, 2013 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL. The organizers of the cruise have now announced both Tiamat and Evergrey as the latest confirmed bands. For more info and to book a cabin, head over to this location.

So far the following 23 out of 40 total acts have been announced:

ANACRUSIS
ANGRA
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
DORO
DRAGONFORCE
ENSIFERUM
EVERGREY
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
GOTTHARD
HELLOWEEN
HELSTAR
IMMOLATION
IN FLAMES
KREATOR
LACUNA COIL
METAL CHURCH (Reunion Show)
NILE
RAGE and LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTRA
SABATON
SUBWAY TO SALLY
TIAMAT
TURISAS
TÝR

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Tyr Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Tyr for the 2013 edition:

"After crossing the North Atlantic 70,000 Tons of Metal stopped at the Faroe Islands to pick up some of their good old friends. Please welcome TÝR on board The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! Now they continue their journey into the Norwegian Sea, course East South-East. And what are their Scouts on the European mainland doing... how far East will they go?

"Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise! The Original Metal Cruise: Home of the biggest open air stage to sail the oceans!

"And they also spare no expense to remove the seats in front of the stage in the theater, or do you really like seated Heavy Metal shows? This is 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise where you enjoy unrestricted festival access to all live shows on board. And don't forget, every band plays twice! There are also Open Mic Nights, Clinics, Work-Shops, the infamous 70,000 Tons of Metal Karaoke, Bars that never close, you heard right: They don't close, two full days at Sea, a fun-and-sun-filled day on a beautiful Caribbean Island and an opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists that all join us for the entire trip. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!" More...

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Angra To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Angra:

"Have you prayed enough to get news from the ship? So long that you all became a little bit Angra? Yes! Please welcome Angra, who will play their first show with a new singer on board 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise. They're now sailing North along the South American East Coast...

"...when will you hear from them again? Are you ready to start next year in style? Just imagine: In January 2013, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship 'Majesty of the Seas' for 5 days and 4 nights. Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!"

The following 20 out of 40 bands have already been announced: More...

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Sunday Old School: Metal Church

The month of May marks a couple of pivotal moments in the history of one of America's most classic power/thrash bands, Metal Church. It was in May of 1984 that the band played its first gig at the D&R Theatre in Kurdt Vanderhoof's native Aberdeen, Washington. It was also in May, nearly seven years to the day, that the metal world lost one of its most iconic metal singers - original Metal Church vocalist David Wayne. In this homage to the Seattle band, we will look at the history of this venerable old school band and how it ties in with so many other acts while fulfilling its history. We will also bring you the rich history that Metal Church and all of its offshoots have lived through. Because, with Metal Church there is six degrees of separation from several other groups.

Back in the late seventies, Aberdeen's son Kurdt Vanderhoof was living in the San Francisco bay area. He played for a hardcore punk band by the name of The Lewd. As he started listening to the early prototypes of the British invasion of metal, he had an epiphany. Kurdt decided he'd rather start playing metal music, so he began talks with a few of the members of another San Francisco act - Leviathan. Together they formed Anvil Chorus - The Church of Metal, later shortening it. The rest of Leviathan left and formed Vienna. More...

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Ozzy, Slash And More Remember Ronnie Dio

As the tragic news of the death of heavy metal cornerstone Ronnie James Dio is sinking into the hearts of fans, many other musicians in the field of heavy metal and hard rock have posted messages online remembering the man and his music. Some more of which include the likes of Anthrax, Slash and even Dios Black Sabbath predacessor Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy Osbourne - "Rest in peace Ronnie"

Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses): "Ronnie died at 7:45am this morning, but his music will live for eternity."

Anthrax: "Dio, Italian for God. Words won't do the man justice so we won't even try. Horns up always!"

Sebastian Bach: "Crying right now in remembrance of my hero and friend Ronnie James Dio. Dio died this morning and he was a major, major part of my life. I got to do shows with him and work with him and I loved Dio my whole life. Thanks so much the world has lost one of the best. Your last album was your best. Of course" More...

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Ronny Munroe Appears On New Meliah Rage Album

Meliah Rage has issued the following announcement about Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe making a guest appearance on their new album:

"Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe was kinda enough to lend his vocal talents for a guest appearance on our new record 'Masquerade'. The song is called 'Last Rites' and we just posted it on our myspace player."

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Crimson Glory Announces ProgPower Guest Vocalists

Crimson Glory is pleased to announce that they have confirmed the following special guest vocalists to perform with them during their headlining set at ProgPower USA X:

Wade Black (Crimson Glory/Leatherwolf)
Zak Stevens (Savatage/Circle II Circle)
Lance King (Pyramaze/Balance of Power)
Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind)
Chris Salinas (Zero Hour/Power of Omens)
Ronny Monroe (Metal Church)
Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm/Symphorce/Ivanhoe)
Sean Peck (Cage)
Danilo Herbert (Mindflow)
Joakim Brodén (Sabaton)
Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus)
David Vanlanding (Crimson Glory/Michael Schenker Group) More...

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Ronny Munroe Announces New Album Release Party

Metal church vocalist Ronny Munroe has announced that there will be a release party for his upcoming album "The Fire Within" at Studio Seven in Seattle. He also issued the following statement about the release party:

"I would like to invite any and all of you from the Washington State area and abroad, to my 'The Fire Within' CD release party at Studio Seven in Seattle on August 1st. There are going to be some other great bands as well. I will be there early to sign autographs, answer questions and just hang out and talk with everyone! I'm happy and pleased to be able to do this with the help of Katrina King and Hot Rocks TV - it will be a great night and I hope you all can come out!"

The guest bands will include A Lesson in Chaos, Torture Box, and From the Sea.

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Metal Church Clarifies Break Up

Seattle, Washington based metal band, Metal Church has issued the following message clarifying the reasoning behind their break up:

"We'd like to clarify one thing... The situation with SPV is NOT the reason that we have decided to stop, it is just one small part of the trouble this band has had in trying to keep going. SPV has always been great to us, and it's very sad that they are not going to be around in the same capacity anymore."

"Our original statement didn't make that point clearly, and we apologize to SPV for any confusion. "

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Metal Church Announces Break Up

Seattle, Washington based metal veterans Metal Church have announced that due to a number of factors, the band are calling it a day. A message from the band reads as follows:

"To all of our fans and friends...

"We regretfully announce that Metal Church is calling it quits.

"The performance at Rocklahoma will be our last show. We have had to cancel the shows scheduled for August and that, among other things, has led us to have to make this decision. More...

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