Band Photo: Metal Church (?)
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded
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.
The following statement from Metal Church:
"Due to health complications from years of struggling with diabetes, Kirk Arrington has stepped down as METAL CHURCH's drummer. He will be missed and we wish him only the best.
"We are pleased to announce that filling Kirk's shoes is the 'one and only' Mr. Jeff Plate (SAVATAGE, CHRIS CAFFERY, TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA).
"We are very honored to have a musician of Jeff's caliber working with us and we know that he will do a fantastic job in METAL CHURCH."
For more on Jeff, visit his web site at www.jeffplate.com.
METAL CHURCH are currently working on the follow-up to 2004's "The Weight of the World", tentatively due later in the year via SPV Records. The band's current lineup is completed by guitarists Kurdt Vanderhoof and Jay Reynolds (ex-MALICE), vocalist Ronny Munroe (ex-SAVATAGE, CHRIS CAFFERY, TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), and bassist Steve Unger. A short European tour is scheduled for June.
According to a posting on REVEREND's official web site, the surviving members of the group have begun rehearsing with vocalist Dennis Carnell, brother of the band's late frontman David Wayne (ex-METAL CHURCH). "All is going well. We will keep you up to-date. Still more to do Sunday [Nov. 6]," the group write.
Wayne's bandmates had previously stated about David's passing, "When a bandmate dies, the remaining members have to make a decision; continue on with the same beliefs, values, and direction, or stop playing together and pursue other projects. In our case, David left us specific instructions. After a period of mourning and in David Wayne's honor, we will follow through with the 'Godfather of Metal''s wishes.
"We are working on our older material plus the new collaborated songs with lyrics by David Wayne and are in search of a lead vocalist. We are not seeking a replacement for David Wayne, but a vocalist who wants metal to be metal and carry on the tradition and give justice to the lyrics and music of REVEREND!"
REVEREND 2005 is:
Davey Lee - Guitar
Nacho Vara - Guitar
Jesse Vara - Drums
Brendon Kyle - Bass
As previously reported, Wayne died on May 10, 2005 due to complications from injuries he sustained in a head-on automobile accident several months earlier. He was 47 years old.
The first annual "Monsters of Metal" show hits Salt Lake City, Utah. The show is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th at "Club Vegas" in Salt Lake City for this one time appearance by Helstar, Agent Steel, Katagory V and Avenger of Blood. Ronny Munroe, lead singer of Metal Church, will be making a special appearance as the emcee and will be hosting this special metal show. "Salt Lake City has a big following of Metal music and is a perfect place to put this show and that's why we are bringing this here," states Jeff Baker of Loud Production Co. of Las Vegas, Nevada who is putting this show on along with Salt Lake City promoters Mr. Toast/Triamid Productions. Legendary frontman James Rivera of Houston, Texas band Helstar is excited by this show because Salt Lake City has always treated him well and has a loyal following of fans there. We are also hoping to get people from all over to come to this event. You can view the poster/flyer at metalchurch.com.
Tickets are $18 in advance and are available at 24tix.com, SmithsTIX.com, The Heavy Metal Shop, Tease and Keys and at Club Vegas. Visit www.Utahmetal.com and www.clubvegas.org for more information and soon to be launched loudproductionco.net. For traveling information and hotel accommodations visit, visitsaltlake.com.
Metal Church have completed writing songs for their next album. While guitarist/founder Kurdt Vanderhoof is on the road with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the rest of the band is in rehearsal, with the entire outfit due to enter the studio in January to begin recording. The new album is expected to be released in April 2006.
The surviving members of DAVID WAYNE'S METAL CHURCH, the band formed by late METAL CHURCH frontman David Wayne, have issued the following press release:
"On May 10th, 2005 we lost a true brother and close friend, Reverend David Wayne. As many already know, David was returning to the metal scene with us, the band members of REVEREND, labeled as DAVID WAYNE'S METAL CHURCH (DWMC). His sole goal was to try and get metal to be METAL again, at the same time drawing attention towards our return.
"When a bandmate dies, the remaining members have to make a decision; continue on with the same beliefs, values, and direction, or stop playing together and pursue other projects. In our case, David left us specific instructions. After a period of mourning and in David Wayne's honor, we will follow through with the 'Godfather of Metal''s wishes.
"As of the date of this press release, DAVID WAYNE'S METAL CHURCH no longer exists; however, in the pursuit of true heavy metal we are announcing the reformation of REVEREND!
Davey Lee - Guitar
Nacho Vara - Guitar
Jesse Vara - Drums
Brendon Kyle - Bass
"We are working on our older material plus the new collaborated songs with lyrics by David Wayne and are in search of a lead vocalist. We are not seeking a replacement for David Wayne, but a vocalist who wants metal to be metal and carry on the tradition and give justice to the lyrics and music of REVEREND!
"Interested persons should send an 8x10 Photo, resume, and a CD of his/her vocal abilities to: Reverend, 404 Riverside Drive, Pipe Creek TX 78063."
METAL CHURCH associate Steve "Regiman" Johnson has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"Just a few weeks ago the guys doing the METAL CHURCH 'Beyond the Black' documentary flew up to Washington and crashed at my house while doing interviews with the guys from the current METAL CHURCH line-up.
"During the stay they also made contact with Duke [Erickson, original METAL CHURCH bassist] and Dave [Wayne, original METAL CHURCH singer] and got a chance to sit down with each of them also. I talked to Jeff Baker, one of the documentary guys, last night, he had just heard the news [of Wayne's passing] and was stunned. This as he was leaving his house in Vegas, heading to the airport on his way to Florida, where he will be interviewing Craig [Wells, original METAL CHURCH guitarist] in the next few days.
"With the addition of some live footage from some up-and-coming shows and a host of interviews over the next couple months, the filming process will end and the editing and will begin.
"At first when asked to participate and be interviewed, Dave was a bit apprehensive and not sure he wanted to participate at all or perhaps put it off 'till later this summer. However, after a few days to think about it, he decided to follow through. They got together, sat down for a couple hours and covered a gamut of subjects. Little did any of us realize the significance of the that interview. In light of this recent sad event, Dave's decision to do it then instead of later or not at all shall give his fans one last chance to here about his thoughts on many things and what his future plans would have been had not the creator called him home.
"I would guess the documentary will be done sometime this winter, ready for you all in the near future."
Wayne died on Tuesday (May 10) due to complications from injuries he sustained in a head-on automobile accident several months ago. He was 47 years old.
The following press release has been posted at the David Wayne's Metal Church web site:
"On behalf of David Wayne's Metal Church, we would like to express our deepest sorrow in the passing of our metal brother, David Wayne. This is not only a loss for us as a band and his family, but also millions of metalheads throughout the world. David died due to complications from injuries he sustained in a head-on automobile accident several months ago.
"David Wayne was the patented scratchy vocals of several METAL CHURCH albums and was in the process of returning to the metal scene with his new band lineup. His goal was to return to the sounds of METAL CHURCH's albums released in 1984 and 1986. We will always remember the burning words and vocals in 'Gods of Wrath', 'Watch the Children Pray', and 'Start the Fire'. David and his current band had just completed several new songs and were ready to head to the recording studio after their European tour dates this summer.
"Along with David's family and friends, we would ask that cards, letters, and flowers be sent to the below address. Additionally, donations are being accepted to help David's family with funeral expenses.
David Wayne's Memorial Fund
C/O Verna Schielling
1217 North 57th Court
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Canada's Into Eternity has been confirmed as the latest band added to the line-up of the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest to be held on Saturday May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
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Metal Church has posted the following message on the band's official website:
Hello again metal heads! It's been awhile since our last news post, but we have been BUSY!
October, November, and December of 2004 saw Metal Church on a state-side tour supporting "Weight Of The World," and we want to once again thank ALL our loyal fans for turning out. It was a smashing success, and special thanks to our new friends and opening act 3 Inches of Blood. Great band, be sure and check them out!
We got home just in time for the holidays, took January off, in February we played several regional shows AND went to Germany to do the Metal Forever Festival, which was a benefit for tsunami victims. Our March tour of Europe was postponed for summer and news on that is to follow soon.
In the mean time we have been in the studio writing and demo'ing the new album. We have also just confirmed the Monterrey Metal Festival for May 28th in Mexico and will have a major tour announcment soon!
Keep it Heavy!
Hammerfall and Equilibrium are the latest bands to be added to the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, scheduled to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.
Here is the complete roster of confirmed bands thus far: More...
Metal Church have posted this message on their official website:
To our European fans, we just wanted to let you know that we apologize for the confusion surrounding our upcoming tour, which was to start in March 2005. Our record company has advised us to postpone and reschedule a tour for late spring/early summer, in order to have proper promotion and organization. New dates are coming in as we speak, and we will be posting them here the minute they are confirmed. One date that IS confirmed is the Wacken festival. We can't wait to get there, and are looking forward to kicking ass all over Europe as soon as we can!
Thanks again for all your support!
Metal Church and Endhammer have been confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival on August 4-6 in Wacken.
A list of bands confirmed to appear so far:
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METAL CHURCH is touring now in support of the new album 'The Weight Of The World' through SPV Records, supported by Roadrunner metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD...
10/28/2004 Tailspin , Las Vegas, NV
10/29/2004 Burt's Tiki Lounge , Salt Lake City, UT
10/30/2004 The Starlight , Ft. Collins, CO
10/31/2004 Whiskey Bill's , Lakewood, CO
11/01/2004 Union Station , Colorado Springs, CO
11/03/2004 Hurricane, The , Kansas City,
11/04/2004 The Green Door , Oklahoma City, OK
11/05/2004 Hairy Mary's , Des Moines, IA
11/06/2004 Vnuk's Lounge 5036 , Cudahy, WI
11/07/2004 Station , St. Paul, MN
11/10/2004 Mirage , Indianapolis, IN 46203
11/11/2004 Viele's Planet , Springfield, IL
11/12/2004 Rockwell , Springfield, MO
11/13/2004 I-Rock Nightclub , Detroit, MI
11/14/2004 Token Lounge , Westland, MI
11/15/2004 House of Blues - Chicago , IL
11/16/2004 Sudsy Malone's , Cincinnati, OH
11/17/2004 Peabody's Downunder , Cleveland, OH 44115
11/19/2004 Jaxx , Springfield, VA 22152
11/20/2004 Thunderdome , Baltimore, MD
11/21/2004 Crazy Donkey , Farmingdale, NY
11/22/2004 Dingbatz , Clifton, NJ
11/23/2004 Chance , Poughkeepsie, NY
11/24/2004 The Icon , Buffalo, NY
11/26/2004 Cabbot Street , Chicopee, MA
11/27/2004 The Continental , New York, NY
11/28/2004 Fuel , Lowell, MA
Mayhem, Death Angel and Metal Church's one-off performance in Mexico City, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 23, has been cancelled, according to a posting on MAYHEM's web site. "The cancellation was due to misbooking and was no fault of the band's whatsoever," the posting adds. The one-day event, dubbed "Festival del Muerto", was also set to feature several local acts, including Men At Arms, Garrobos, Damn Shark and The Zephyr.
Posted on the official 3 Inches of Blood website:
To confirm, (guitarists) Bobby Froese and Sunny Dhak are no longer part of the band. The two of them decided they could no longer commit to touring and needed to deal with some personal matters. Naturally, we were all quite shocked and disappointed by their decision, but after much discussion we understand why they needed to do this and we wish them the best.
We decided afterwards that we didn't want to call it a day, so we've recruited the guitar talents of Justin Hagberg from war-metallers Allfather, and Shane Clark who plays in Ten Miles Wide and The Almighty Punchdrunk.
We're also pleased to announce that we'll be doing a tour of the U.S.A. as main support for Metal Church.
Confirmed dates for the Metal Church tour are as follows: More...
Mayhem, Death Angel, Metal Church will be teaming up for a one-off performance in Mexico City on October 23 at the VDMAS. The one-day event, dubbed "El Festival del Muerto", will also feature several local bands, including Men At Arms, Garrobos, Damn Shark and The Zephyr. A posted for the show can be viewed at this location.
Metal Church's official web site has been updated with photos of the band jamming with former members, original bassist Duke Erickson and guitarist John Marshall, at Hell's Kitchen in Tacoma, WA on July 9 and at The Last Day in Santa Rosa, CA on June 24, respectively. Check out the pictures at this location.
Metal Church's new album, "The Weight of the World", is scheduled for release on July 26 through SPV Records. The group's current lineup consists of guitarists Kurdt Vanderhoof and Jay Reynolds (ex-Malice), vocalist Ronny Munroe (ex-Rottweiller), drummer Kirk Arrington and bassist Steve Unger.
Upcoming Metal Church tour dates:
Jul. 19 - Mason Jar - Phoenix, Arizona
Jul. 21 - Showcase Theater - Corona, CA
Jul. 22 - House Of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
Jul. 23 – Tailspin - Las Vegas, NV
Jul. 24 - Electric Theater - St. George, UT
Jul. 27 - Club Underground - Reno, NV
Jul. 28 - The Roadhouse - Sacramento, CA
West Coast-based heavy metal legends Metal Church have posted samples of each song from their brand new forthcoming album, "The Weight Of The World", on their official website. Check them out here.
The current lineup is:
Ronny Munroe (ex-Rottweiler) - Vocals
Kurdt Vanderhoof - Guitars
Jay Reynolds (ex-Malice) - Guitars
Steve Unger - Bass
Kirk Arrington - Drums