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Metal Church Announces Break Up

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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.

"There has been far too much frustration and disappointment in trying to keep moving forward. The collapse of our record company, SPV, has made it next to impossible for us to continue in any kind of professional manner due to lack of tour support. This decision was not made lightly.

"We do have unfinished business in the studio, and with any luck we will have something that will be of interest to Metal Church fans in the near future.

"We would like to thank all the fans that have stuck with Metal Church through all these years, the lineup changes and the ups and downs.

"We can't tell you how much your support has meant to us, we appreciate each and every one of you.

"It's been a great ride.

Metal Church."

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Diamond Oz's avatar

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

Man I'm f***ing gutted! I was looking forward to seeing them with Overkill a few months ago and was so disappointed when they pulled out (though Exodus took their place which isn't a bad thing at all.) Their last record was really good too!

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Kalis_wrath writes:

Wow! Never saw that coming! R.I.P Metal Chruch!

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Blindgreed1 writes:

Whoa!

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 6:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Terminator's avatar

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4. Terminator writes:

sh**. This is horrible news. I hate seeing awesome bands fold because of funding issues.

Long live the Church! now playing: metal church - hitman

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 6:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. wilco writes:

this sucks royal ass
one of my favourite bands around
again that down load sh** what did bring a metal band down
even more sad than the dead of mj

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 6:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Blindgreed1 writes:

NP: Start the Fire - Metal Church

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 6:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. bbristowe writes:

"again that down load sh** what did bring a metal band down"

There record label went bankrupt. Can't be a band without touring.

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. zMETALlica writes:

Holy hell! That hit me like a Ton of Bricks (ton of bricks)... seriously though wtf. this sucks. i missed them last time i had a chance to see em. I now regret it. Though I haven't liked anything they did since Masterpeace, but it still would be interesting to see live. oh well. i also think the whole record label going bankrupt is total BS of an excuse. bands get new labels all the time. so you can't tour for a while. find a new label or start your own. i know a bunch of unsigned bands that are touring - namely Periphery. Get some good management and promote yourself. stop complaining and expect everyone to do everything for you. that's not the way today's music world is.

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 6:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. zMETALlica writes:

on a lighter note hopefully they reunite in the way to/die/for did... 'we are done...' weeks later... 'just kidding new album coming out.'

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 7:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. cppchriscpp writes:

That's really sad news... they had a damn good run though. We sure can't say they'll be forgotten.

And wilco, NOT EVERYTHING THAT GOES WRONG IN THE MUSIC WORLD IS BECAUSE OF DOWNLOADING. Can't you just say it's sad to see the band go?

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 7:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. StonerChrist writes:

Wow. 28 years in they pulled the plug. I guess its to be expected though all good things (or even formerly good things I haven't liked most of their recent work) must come to an end, although this is a bit abrupt. R.I.P. to one of the old school, your contributions will be missed.

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 7:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. StonerChrist writes:

And wow is this thread ever collecting responses.

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 7:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Terminator writes:

zMETALlica - That was my first question I had, too. Surely, a band as popular as Metal Church wouldn't have any problems getting picked up by another label. I'm guessing that the passion and desire just isn't there at the moment...which sucks, but I'd rather a band call it a day than force a lackluster effort.

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 7:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. cppchriscpp writes:

Yeah, definitely not just that issue.. they said themselves that it was for a number of reasons. I'll agree with you on them calling it a day as opposed to ruining themselves as well.

Also holy crap this is picking up replies fast - I was curious to see but I didn't expect the number to double that quickly. I'll surely be beaten to posting this by like 4 people. :p

And since I haven't seen this done in a while,

np: Metal Church - Losers in the Game

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. zMETALlica writes:

Terminator: i agree. besides they've been lacking already these past few albums and with less and less of the original line up... yeah... i can understand why they'll call it a day. still, wish i could have seen them on tour and they should stop giving fans BS responses.

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 9:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. rk writes:

No offense i lost interest in them after The Dark anyways but their s/t back in the day with the title track and gods of wrath unfukwitable.

# Jul 7, 2009 @ 11:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. darkA.T.M writes:

no way!!! Im gone a few weeks and now Metal Church is gone!!! This sucks!

NP: Metal Church- Badlands

# Jul 8, 2009 @ 12:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Benson/ worldsend3001 writes:

wow! that sucks! what a great band to breakup! i seen them at the BWBK fest in cleveland ohio! i flew all the wayh from massachusetts! they were susposed to play at the Artist development complex in southbridge massachusetts but never did! sad day in metal i loved all metal church and the new material (last few cds) were great also!! RIP METALCHURCH ya wont be forgotten!

# Jul 8, 2009 @ 8:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Peter writes:

Terrible news. 'This Present Wasteland' was one of my favourite albums of last year, and got me looking into their back catalogue. I'd previously only heard their title song 'Metal Church', which was without doubt one of the precursors of thrash. Killer intro into killer riff into killer vocals, making one f***ing killer song.

This may be the end of Metal Church, but they've left an incredible back catalogue and I look forward to hearing their future projects. All the best guys!

Deeds of a Dead Soul will be playing loud tonight!

# Jul 8, 2009 @ 10:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Terminator writes:

Their s/t was released in '85. Thrash was well underway by then. Great album reguardless.

# Jul 8, 2009 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
21. BBSweet writes:

Big fan from 84.And tought you were going in the right direction with mike howe singing that stuff was awesome. Well get back HOWE and your support will come back

# Jul 8, 2009 @ 6:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Peter writes:

Terminator - Got my years mixed up there, although I thought it was released in '84? Nonetheless, I love that title track, and the rest of the album, for that matter

# Jul 9, 2009 @ 8:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. That_One_Guy writes:

Well that sucks!

# Jul 9, 2009 @ 12:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. glitchedgamer writes:

This blows...Metal Church is one of my favorite bands. Then again, I'm surprised they didn't stop sooner considering what they already have been through.

# Jul 9, 2009 @ 2:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Terminator writes:

peter - yeah, your right. It was released in '84. It was reissued in '85 which is what I was thinking of.

# Jul 9, 2009 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
26. metalhead213@yahoo.com writes:

Always sucks to see an awesome band call it a day. I've only heard their first 2 albums back when David Wayne (R.I.P.) was the singer, but that sh** was really good. Long live the Church. You're gone but not forgotten.

# Jul 9, 2009 @ 3:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Benson/ worldsend3001 writes:

wow! now i find out the same day that MIDNIGHT from crimson glory passed away! we just lost an incredible metal singer!!!! HAVE MONROE from metal church sing for crimson glory. although who can really replace MIDNIGHT! REST IN PEACE!!! MAN HORRIBLE DAY FOR METAL!!!

# Jul 9, 2009 @ 8:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. musichead68 writes:

You guys are the reason i still play metal today and the reason i started playing drums at 14 . Now at 41 i still love and charish all that you have contributed to the word of metal music and all the great tunes i still rock today youll be missed thanks guys R.I.P.

# Jul 9, 2009 @ 10:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Nihilist writes:

Well yeah that sucks but I knew that was coming after hearing their last album, which was quite bad.

# Jul 10, 2009 @ 7:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Rubyred writes:

Sorry, to hear such grieve news from one very energetic Classic Metal Rockers METAL CHURCH: as mentioned in one of the comment re-plies they been together 28yrs, Wow!!! That's quite a Music Career & up's and downs & hopefully after such a "blink" experience w/their last record company SPV these Master musicians can move on with other music endeavors & as said they do have something special in their vintage music vault...'maybe that can be shared later down the Road after all this pain has eased down. That's sad news and do wish each musician that made METAL CHURCH Classic Heavy the very best..'and do keep in contact with one another who know what the future holds. Peace!

# Jul 10, 2009 @ 6:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. deathfreak writes:

That f***ing sucks

# Jul 12, 2009 @ 11:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. MetalBro4Life writes:

I saw this coming and it needed to happen! They've been dead weight for years!

# Jul 13, 2009 @ 3:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. gigibigmeatyand bouncy writes:

ALas ..... Da Metal church ends.... RIP DAVID WAYNE.... and without Releasing the "Beyond the Black " movie ? .... they couldv'e out done the Anvil story ??? The story of Anvil ... ? Metal Church the story Beyond the Black !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Jul 21, 2009 @ 4:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. ZT* writes:

Wow...this is depressing, seeing as i NEVER got to see the guys live....

Oh well. The debut will always be a f***ing classic. ALWAYS.

# Jul 22, 2009 @ 6:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. PESTILENCE writes:

About time. Dont get me wrong. Seen them a couple times back in the day.Loved them back then 2.
But they should have pulled the plug years ago.

# Jul 23, 2009 @ 3:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. bro writes:

wow this is big and depresing i mean why bother breaking up?

# Jul 24, 2009 @ 10:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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