Band Photo: Metal Church (?)
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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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.
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...
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...
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."
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...
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.
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. "
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...
Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe has issued the following update about posting promotional pictures and a new teaser video for his solo album "The Fire Within:"
"I've posted some pictures of my recent promotional trek down to Puerto Rico. I spent some time pimping out "The Fire Within" and having some fun along the way. I even played a charity softball game for a local cancer victim and sat in with a band performing Iron Maiden's "The Trooper. Things are going great with the CD and you can still get all the cool pre order packages, up until this Friday the 24th! I will be calling some of you this Saturday (that purchased pre order packages "option 5") and I am looking forward to chatting with you! So check it out, spread the word, and stay metal!" More...
Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe has announced that his upcoming solo album will be titled "The Fire Within" and will be released in April, 2009. Rat Pak Records is currently streaming a new track from the album titled "Man on the Silver Mountain" on their official MySpace page.
Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe has announced that he will be releasing a solo album titled "The Fire Within" in April of 2009. The cover for the album can be viewed here.
Philly's Single Bullet Theory have posted a Metal Church cover of "Badlands" on their MySpace page. The cover was originally featured on their 2004 release, "Behind Eyes Of Hatred." The song also features guests James Murphy, of Testament, Death, and Obituary fame and Matt Thompson of King Diamond fame. More...
A new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" has recently been released by editor Justin St. Vincent examining the connection between spirituality and metal music. The bands referenced in the book include Angelcorpse, Asva, Blackmass, Breed 77, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Dawn Of Azazel, Enslaved, Enthroned, Evocation, Faith No More, Fantômas, Gorgoroth, Hatesphere, Metal Church, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Pitchshifter, Purgatory, Requiem, Resurrection, Samael, Striborg, Tarot, Unleashed, and Vile.
The website for the book gave the following explanation on what it covers:
The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music. Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music. This portfolio includes an eclectic mix of musicians playing many forms of metal music; ambient metal, avant-garde death-metal, black metal, brutal metal, death metal, doom metal, experimental metal, funeral-doom, gothic metal, grindcore, heavy metal, industrial metal, melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, psychedelic metal, Satanic metal, sludge metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, technical metal, thrash metal, and includes musicians from alternative-rock, avant-rock, and hardcore-punk bands. Metal Edition provides readers with an important introduction to metal music’s affinity with demonology, divination, magic, mysticism, Satanism, spiritualism, the occult, and witchcraft.
As previously reported, Metal Church has had to pull out of their European trek with Overkill due to guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof suffering from back problems. However European thrash fans will not be disapointed as filling the shoes of Metal Church will be thrash metal legends Exodus. Also on the bill will be young, Irish thrashers Gama Bomb and Torture Squad.
The tour dates are as follows:
February 20 - UK London @ Carling Islington Academy
February 21 - NL Uden @ De Pul
February 22 - NL Enschede @ Atak
February 23 - GER Aschaffenburg @ Colos Saal
February 24 - GER Hamburg @ Markthalle
February 25 - GER Bochum @ Zeche
February 27 - ESP Barcelona @ Bikini
February 28 - ESP Madrid @ Sala Live
March 1 - ESP Alicante @ Nave 8
March 3 - SWI Pratteln @ Z7
March 4 - ITA Milano @ Rolling Stone
March 5 - GER Augsburg @ Spectrum
March 6 - CZ Zlin @ Metalmania Festival
American thrashers Metal Church has posted the following message online:
"We regretfully announce that Metal Church has been forced to take a hiatus from touring activities for six months or so. Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar) has been suffering from serious bulging discs in his lower back and will have to be in regular spinal rehabilitation to correct the problem."
Kurdt released this statement earlier today:
"I have been living with severe pain almost constantly for the past four years and I have to do whatever possible to get healthy again. This condition is literally stealing my life from me, and making all the things I enjoy doing almost impossible. I want to be able to walk when I'm fifty and I can't live in pain anymore. But the good news is, with regular treatment and a rehab program I can get this fixed and get back to performing live and travelling again. This comes at a very bad time with the release of our new album, but it's unavoidable. I will be working in the studio on some new Metal Church projects, as well as completing Ronny Munroe's new solo album."
The band add: "The members of Metal Church will be pursuing other projects during this time and will get back to the stage as soon as Kurdt is healthy again. We thank all the folks that have been so supportive of Metal Church over the years and we appreciate your understanding in this situation. We will keep you updated as things progress."
German based Pirate Smile Promotions has posted the following message online:
"We have to inform you that METAL CHURCH cannot do the planned tour with OVERKILL in spring 2009.
"Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitars) was suffering with his back problems for a long time. After several treatments this summer all looked good so far, but last weekend it got so bad again that his doctor warned him about doing a bigger tour before the problem is solved. More...
American metallers Metal Church has posted the following message online:
"We just got news that although This Presnt Wasteland has been out for only a few days, we landed on Billboards Top 200 indie chart at #121.
"We want to give a shout out to everyone involved. Maybe next time we can land in the top 10 but for now it is nice to be recognized. We are very proud of this release and happy that we are getting so many great reviews.
"Thank you all for your support."
In February New Jersey's thrash veterans Overkill will go on their Immortalis European Tour 2009. They will be supported by Metal Church and Torture Squad. More...
Seattle based metallers Metal Church has posted the following message online:
"Just wanted to let you know we put a couple clips from This Present Wasteland on our MySpace page so when you get a chance stop by and take a listen. If you click on the new banner it will take you directly to Amazon to order the new CD. We also received a video from a guitar camp that Angus Clark (TSO) was a part of where he performed and discussed with the students the solo he did for the song Monster on our new release. Angus was one of the guest soloists on This Present Wasteland. We will see you Thursday night in Florida at Bourbon Street and then on Saturday in Puerto Rico with QUEENSRŸCHE!"
Metal Church is readying their new album, "This Present Wasteland" for a September 23 release via SPV/Steamhammer.
Here is track listing for "This Present Wasteland":
1. In the Company of Sorrow
2. Perfect Crime
3. Deeds of a Dead Soul
4. Meet Your Maker
6. Crawling to Extinction
7. War Never Won
8. Mass Hysteria
9. Breathe Again
The current Metal Church lineup for this release is:
Ronny Munroe – Vocals
Kurdt Vanderhoof – Guitars
Rick Van Zandt – Guitars
Steve Unger – Bass
Jeff Plate – Drums
METAL CHURCH have posted this announcement on their official website:
"We are forced to cancel some of the upcoming dates (August 14 and 16). It kills us to have to do this. We have tried everything possible to make this work, but because of logistics and screw ups out of our control our hands have been forced. We are pissed off and very disappointed. It is too bad bullshit has to get in the way of us doing what we love.
"We were looking forward to hitting the road and playing with JUDAS PRIEST and sharing some of the new album with all of you, but it is not going to happen at this time. We will still do the Florida show and the Puerto Rico show with QUEENSRŸCHE in August.
"More info to follow."