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Metal Church

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Beyond the Black Metal Church 06:21
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Damned If You Do Metal Church 04:35
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Over My Dead Body Metal Church 03:33
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In their late 1980s heyday, Metal Church were
the archetypal new wave heavy metal band with a sound defined by screaming,
high-pitched vocals and bludgeoning guitar riffs executed to perfection by a
tightly rehearsed band. They started in San Francisco in 1980, but by the time
of their self-titled 1984 debut only rhythm guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof remained
from the original line-up. The band's first album with Elektra Records was 1986’s
The Dark, which became a commercial success helped in no small way by
the video which accompanied the single “Watch the Children Pray” which
was promoted heavily on MTV. They continued to record but after 1993’s Hanging
in the Balance
they split up two years later citing bad management and poor
record sales. The band reinvented themselves on two occasions and have been
through numerous line-up changes but continued to record and perform.  They launched yet another comeback with 2016’s
XI, and it became their first album in nearly 30 years to enter into the
Billboard 200. 2018’s Damned If You Do was followed by a slot on
Megadeth's 2019 Megacruise. The joy of this comeback was cut short with the
death of lead singer Mike Howe, who had fronted the band from 1988 to 1996 and
again from 2015 until his passing on July 26, 2021.