|Genres:||Heavy Metal Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||heavy metal thrash metal power metal speed metal metal|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Formed in Aberdeen, Washington, USA, in 1982, Metal Church initially comprised David Wayne (1 January 1958, USA, d. 10 May 2005; vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar), Craig Wells (guitar), Duke Erickson (bass) and Kirk Arrington (drums). Their 1984 debut was a phenomenal album, brimming with energy and promise. The style was the then-evolving thrash metal sound, and Metal Church executed their own brand with precision on stand-out tracks such as Beyond The Black and Metal Church. The Dark was a strong follow-up, but failed to surpass the debut, and Wayne left at this point to start his own band Reverend. He was replaced by Mike Howe and shortly afterwards Vanderhoof stepped down from recording and touring commitments, but stayed on as the bands songwriter for their next album. He was replaced by John Marshall, previously a guitar technician for Metallica, for the recording of 1989s Blessing In Disguise. Metal Church failed to rise...