Blessing in Disguise (Metal Church album)
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|Blessing in Disguise|
|Studio album by Metal Church|
|Released||February 7, 1989|
|Recorded||August 29 - October 4, 1988 at Kajem Victory Recording, Gladwyne, PA|
|Genre||Thrash metal, power metal|
|Metal Church chronology|
|Singles from Blessing in Disguise|
It was the band's final release on Elektra Records. This was the first album not to feature the vocals of David Wayne, due to his departure to form the band Reverend. This release featured new vocalist Mike Howe (ex-Heretic) and guitarist John Marshall, who took over Kurdt Vanderhoof's position. Kurdt Vanderhoof had produced Heretic's final album Breaking Point previously. It seems that this is how Mike Howe came to the attention of Metal Church. Ironically, David Wayne's new project was made up of the remaining members of Heretic.
Flotsam and Jetsam bassist Michael Spencer has claimed that Blessing in Disguise was supposed to be the title of the band's second album before settling with its current name No Place for Disgrace. After Spencer left Flotsam and Jetsam, Michael Alago (the A&R of Elektra) let Metal Church use Blessing in Disguise as the name of their third album, which was released nine months after No Place for Disgrace.
Reviews for Blessing in Disguise have been mostly positive. Allmusic's Jason Anderson awards the album four stars out of five, and states: "Perhaps the finest Metal Church release, Blessing in Disguise offers some of the best material in the group's long career."
Blessing in Disguise entered the Billboard 200 chart on April 8, 1989, two months after its release. The album itself peaked at number 75 (the band's highest chart position, until 2016's XI, which peaked at number 57), and remained on the chart for 15 weeks.
Touring and promotion
Metal Church spent most of 1989 and 1990 touring behind Blessing in Disguise. They embarked a U.S. tour in the spring of 1989 with Meliah Rage, and supported W.A.S.P. on their Headless Children tour. Metal Church played one show in Germany in October 1989 with Fates Warning and Toranaga, and opened for Saxon in Europe in April 1990. They were also a "surprise guest" for Metallica's May 11, 1990 show at The Marquee in London.
|1.||"Fake Healer"||Kurdt Vanderhoof||Craig Wells, Vanderhoof||5:55|
|2.||"Rest in Pieces (April 15, 1912)"||Vanderhoof||Wells, Vanderhoof||6:38|
|3.||"Of Unsound Mind" (based on Edgar Allan Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart")||John Marshall||Wells||4:44|
|4.||"Anthem to the Estranged"||Vanderhoof||Wells, Vanderhoof||9:31|
|5.||"Badlands"||Vanderhoof, Mike Howe||Wells, Vanderhoof||7:21|
|6.||"The Spell Can't Be Broken"||Vanderhoof||Wells, Vanderhoof, Marshall||6:46|
|7.||"It's a Secret"||Instrumental||Wells||3:47|
|8.||"Cannot Tell a Lie"||Vanderhoof||Wells, Vanderhoof, Marshall||4:17|
|9.||"The Powers That Be"||Vanderhoof||Wells, Vanderhoof||5:22|
- Mike Howe - vocals
- John Marshall - guitars
- Craig Wells - guitars
- Duke Erickson - bass guitar
- Kirk Arrington - drums
- Kurdt Vanderhoof - guitars (additional)
- No Place For Disgrace (Preproduction) (liner notes). Flotsam and Jetsam. 3in1 Music Publishing. 2001.
- Anderson, Jason. "Metal Church Blessing in Disguise review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
- Kaye, Don (14 January 1989). "Devils in Disguise". Kerrang!. 221. London, UK: Spotlight Publications ltd. p. 22.
- "Metal Church Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Metal Church Tour Dates". metallipromo.com. Retrieved 2014-06-15.