Band Photo: Metal Church (?)
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
Latest Metal Church News
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.
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.
Boston power metallers MELIAH RAGE are currently hard at work in the studio on their next release, tentatively due to hit stores this summer on Screaming Ferret Wreckords. The band are holed up at Red Devil Recording in Stoughton, MA with Rich Spillberg (former WARGASM guitarist) handling the production duties alongside Meliah Rage mainman Anthony Nichols.
"As some of you might know we recently parted ways with vocalist Paul Souza," says Nichols, "The only reason for the split is that Paul's schedule makes it difficult for him to tour. We are presently working on a new record and have plans for some summer 2008 touring. Anyone interesed in the position can contact us thru our MySpace page or via our website. If you have already sent an email feel free to try again as we might have missed a few in the shuffle." More...
METAL CHURCH singer Ronny Munroe has issued the following update:
"As you all know we are busy working on the new release. Metal Church is back with a vengeance and we know where you are. In appreciation for our fans old and new over the past two plus decades we have decided to accept artwork for the new cover from those who know us best.....our Congregation! If we accept your artwork and use it we will include your name on the CD.
The working title of the new release is "This Present Wasteland." So use your imagination. We will desplay some of the artwork we get on the Metal Church myspace page for everyone to see. We know there are many talented fans out there and we would love to see one of you get the cover. You can submit your artwork to This_Present_Wasteland @yahoo.com.
This new release is sounding incredable and we are all very excited for you to hear it. Until then good luck and Metal Horns to you."
METAL CHURCH have issued the following update:
"Due to personal reasons, Jay Reynolds (guitars) has left Metal Church. We thank him for his contributions to the band, and wish him all the best in future endeavors. Jay's replacement has not been decided upon yet, but it will be announced when a decision has been reached."
As previously reported, vocalist Runny Munroe recently checked in with the following update:
"As we start recording the new songs I want to take a moment and answer a few questions that we get over and over. The first one is when people ask if Metal Church is a christian band. The name started when Kurdt lived in an apartment in San Francisco and everyone came there to play. They nicknamed it the Metal Church and that is where the band name came from. We are not secular although Metal Church has always tried to write thought provoking lyrics about life, money, war, politics etc. Things we can all identify with.
There have always been many people that compare me to the previous singers. I know there are fans that prefer David Wayne or Mike Howe and I accept that there will always be the comparison because that is life. We each have our own styles. I have to say that I was a Metal Church fan. I remember cranking the car stereo and singing to 'Gods Of Wrath' at the top of my lungs wishing someday that would be me. Not many people can realize their dreams so I am grateful for where I am both as a fan like yourselves and as a member of such a great band that has stayed true to their music. If you are a David Wayne fan, Mike Howe fan or a Ronny Munroe fan it doesn't matter because you are a Metal Church fan and that is all I care about.
Kurdt (Vanderhoof) is and always will be the soul behind the music. He is a quiet talent that has been given many labels. I hear over and over Metal Church being one of the pioneers of thrash. Mr. Kurdt Vanderhoof is a musical genius in my opinion but the label I want to give him is that he is a great guy and good friend.
It is is our nature to resist change and Metal Church has had its share of change. Metal Church has also stayed true and as I see the younger fans banging their heads to our music just like I did at their age and I know all is good in this world. Metal is here to stay and is being kept alive by the fans and now by their children. How F*ing cool is that? Being a parent myself I know it is hard to find things to have in common with your teenager but this music has built that bridge.
So as we record the new music that will be released this year we do this for you the fans and for the love of the music. We look forward to seeing you all on the road this year. It will be a very busy year both in Europe and the US. I hope we can get to South America as well. The tour is currently being planned so if you want to see us in your town let us know."