Band Photo: Metal Church (?)
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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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."
Seattle 80s metallers, Metal Church, have confirmed the following tour dates:
8/02 – Maplewood, MN - Myth (w/ Judas Priest)
8/03 - TBA
8/05 - Warren, MI - The Ritz
8/06 - TBA
8/07 - Southbridge, Mass - ADC Performance Center
8/08 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
8/10 - Yonkers, NY - The Haunt
8/12 - Raliegh, NC - Volume 11
8/14 - New Port Richey, FL - Burbon Street
8/16 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Roberto Clemente Coliseum (w/ Queensryche)
More dates will be announced soon.
Seattle based metal band, Metal Church, post the following update:
"We have been getting so many emails about tour dates we wanted to give you an update on the plans for this years US dates. Metal Church will only be doing a handful of show later this summer at larger venues to accomodate more of the fans. These shows are currently being booked by Chuck Bernal at Artists Worldwide and will be recorded for our live album. It has been a long time since we have released a live album and this is the perfect opportunity.
We do have a couple special dates that have been confirmed. The first date is August 2, 2008 Mapplewood MN with Judas Priest. The second date is August 16th in San Juan Puerto Rico at Roberto Clemente Coliseum with Queensryche."
"We are really looking forward to these shows and we will keep you all posted on the other dates as soon as we know more."
Metal Church have posted the following update:
"Kurdt (Vanderhoof, guitars) is putting the final touches on our new release. We can't wait for you guys to hear it. This Present Wasteland rocks and we are all very proud of this work.
"Our new guitar player Rick Van Zandt came in and did a bang up job on his leads (they're killer) and we even have a couple guest guitar solos from some well known shredders! You are all in for a treat.
"We will fill you in on all the details at a later date.
"So stay tuned everybody for an actual release date and tour info. Make sure you check out a few pics from the last days of recording.
Keep metal alive. "
METAL CHURCH have issued the following update:
"After much consideration and many qualified applicants we have come to a decision on a new guitar player. We have chosen Rick Van Zandt."
"Rick is a very gifted player who spent many years in the Seattle metal scene in bands like THE END, ROTTWEILLER and THE RONNY MUNROE BAND. Some of Rick's influences are Steve Vai, Richie Blackmore and Eddie Van Halen."
"Rick brings a whole new level of playing to Metal Church and we are all glad to have him and we are sure you, the fans will be as well. Get ready for some shredding! The new album really kicks some metal ass, every band says that but we mean it!!"
Metal Church are putting the finishing touches to their new album, "This Present Wasteland," due out this fall via SPV.
Long-running Seattle metallers METAL CHURCH have issued the following update:
"After an overwhelming response to the album cover art [contest] for our new release, we have finally decided on a wining cover. The artist's name is Rainer Kalwitz from Germany who is amazingly talented."
"Due to so many talented entries, we have decided to incorporate several of the other submissions for the inner sleeve of the CD. This has really shown us what dedicated fans we have that truly understand our music and we are so fortunate to have the best fans in the world. We raise the horns to you, the Congregation!"
"We would also like to take this time to thank each and every one of you for your hard work, and for all of you that gave your opinions on the art we put up on our MySpace page. The ones on the MySpace page are only a fraction of the entries we received so you can imagine the difficult decisions we were faced with when choosing the winner." More...
Long-running Seattle-based metallers METAL CHURCH have issued the following update:
"Ronny [Munroe, vocals] just flew into Seattle to finish the final vocal tracks for the new [METAL CHURCH] release. We are very pleased with the way it is turning out. Look forward to more updates along with some studio photos."
METAL CHURCH's new album, tentatively titled "This Present Wasteland", is scheduled for release later in the year.
The band recently parted ways with guitarist Jay Reynolds (also of MALICE) for "personal reasons." A replacement guitarist has not yet been announced.