Hanging in the Balance

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Hanging in the Balance
Hanging in balance.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 1993[1]
StudioMusic Storage Studios (Aberdeen, Washington)
Studio 900 (New York City)
Studio Works II (Island Park, New York)
GenreHeavy metal, thrash metal
LabelBlackheart (US and Japan)
SPV/Steamhammer (Europe)
ProducerThom Panunzio, Kenny Laguna, Paul O'Neill
Metal Church chronology
The Human Factor
Hanging in the Balance
Professional ratings
Review scores
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[2]
Rock Hard9.5/10[3]

Hanging in the Balance is the fifth album by American heavy metal band Metal Church, released in 1993. It was Metal Church's last album before their two-year break up from 1996 to 1998, and the last to feature vocalist Mike Howe for more than two decades until his return to the band in 2015.[4] 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]

1."Gods of Second Chance"Mike Howe, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Paul O'Neill5:23
2."Losers in the Game"Howe, Vanderhoof5:08
3."Hypnotized"Howe, John Marshall, Vanderhoof4:43
4."No Friend of Mine"Howe, Vanderhoof3:58
5."Waiting for a Savior"Howe, Vanderhoof, O'Neill5:48
6."Conductor"Craig Wells, Vanderhoof4:10
7."Little Boy"Marshall, Vanderhoof8:14
8."Down to the River"Howe, Vanderhoof5:01
9."End of the Age"Howe, Vanderhoof7:17
10."Lovers and Madmen"Marshall2:51
11."A Subtle War"Marshall, Vanderhoof4:12
European edition bonus track
12."Low to Overdrive"Vanderhoof4:27
Digipak release bonus tracks
12."Start the Fire" (live)David Wayne, Wells, Vanderhoof 
13."Fake Healer" (live)Marshall, Vanderhoof 
14."Losers in the Game" (live)Howe, Vanderhoof 


Metal Church
  • Mike Howe – vocals
  • Craig Wells – lead guitar
  • John Marshall – rhythm guitar
  • Duke Erickson – bass
  • Kirk Arrington – drums
Additional musicians


  1. ^ a b "Hanging in the Balance - Metal Church". AllMusic. October 7, 1993. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 275. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ Kühnemund, Götz (1993). "Review Dynamit: Metal Church - Hanging in the Balance". Rock Hard (in German). No. 81. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Metal Church Rejoined By Singer Mike Howe". Blabbermouth.net. April 30, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Metal Church - Hanging in the Balance (Album review 2) | Sputnikmusic".