Hanging in the Balance

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Hanging in the Balance
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Studio album by Metal Church
Released October 7, 1993[1]
Recorded 1992–1993
Studio Music Storage Studios, Aberdeen, Washington
Studio 900, New York City, New York
Studio Works II, Island Park, New York
Genre Heavy metal, thrash metal
Length 56:45
Label Mercury
Producer Kenny Laguna, Paul O'Neill
Metal Church chronology
The Human Factor
Hanging in the Balance
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Hanging in the Balance is the fifth album by Metal Church, released in 1993. This was Metal Church's last album before their three-year break up from 1995 to 1998, and the last to feature vocalist Mike Howe for 21 years until his return to the band in 2015.[3] It is also their last studio album with longtime guitarist Craig Wells and drummer Kirk Arrington (until his return on 2004's The Weight of the World).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gods of Second Chance" Mike Howe, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Paul O'Neill 5:23
2. "Losers in the Game" Howe, Vanderhoof 5:08
3. "Hypnotized" Howe, John Marshall, Vanderhoof 4:43
4. "No Friend of Mine" Howe, Vanderhoof 3:58
5. "Waiting for a Savior" Howe, Vanderhoof, O'Neill 5:48
6. "Conductor" Craig Wells, Vanderhoof 4:10
7. "Little Boy" Marshall, Vanderhoof 8:14
8. "Down to the River" Howe, Vanderhoof 5:01
9. "End of the Age" Howe, Vanderhoof 7:17
10. "Lovers and Madmen" Marshall 2:51
11. "A Subtle War" Marshall, Vanderhoof 4:12

Bonus track (European edition)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Low to Overdrive" Vanderhoof 4:27

Bonus tracks (Digipak release)[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Start the Fire" (live) David Wayne, Wells, Vanderhoof  
13. "Fake Healer" (live) Marshall, Vanderhoof  
14. "Losers in the Game" (live) Howe, Vanderhoof  


Additional personnel[edit]