Monday, July 27, 2015


Metal Church (Seattle), as you may have heard, has Mike Howe back on vocals. Below you will find a new version of "Badlands" that the band has released to give people a bit of an idea. A new album is coming up, but for now, listen to the new "Badlands."
The band in 2015 is:
Mike Howe - vocals
Kurdt Vanderhoof - guitar
Rick Van Zandt - guitar
Jeff Plate - drums
Steve Unger - bass
Just in case you are not familiar with the story of Metal Church. This is a bit from the band's bio on Facebook.
"Born out of the West Coast Metal scene of the 80's, Metal Church quickly became one of the standout talents of the genre. After signing a deal with Elektra records, they released two critically acclaimed albums. Their self-titled release "Metal Church" postured the band as one of the pioneers of the thrash/metal scene. The All Music Guide had this to say about the debut: "The band's incredibly tight musicianship is a highlight all on it's own. This album remains an overlooked classic of straight-ahead American-bred heavy metal." With the heavy metal scene starting to rise in the U.S., Metal Church set out on a very successful tour with label mates Metallica.
Next came "The Dark," the fury of its opening track, "Ton of Bricks" was championed as one of the premier metal releases of the 80's. The Dark also led to one of a few lineup changes with the departure of vocalist David Wayne. However, more success was yet to come. With the addition of former Heretic vocalist Mike Howe, and Metallica guitar tech extraordinaire John Marshall, the riffing became heavier and the subject matter deeper. They tackled political and social issues of the day with the releases of "Blessing In Disguise" and "The Human Factor." At a time when heavy metal bands moved from the underground and became part of the hair band/pop fad, Metal Church stayed true to their roots."
Here is a recent picture of Mike Howe in 2015.

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