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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 22, 1999
StudioThe English Channel Studio, Olympia, Washington
GenreHeavy metal, thrash metal
LabelNuclear Blast America (US)
SPV/Steamhammer (Europe)
ProducerKurdt Vanderhoof, Mark Greer
Metal Church chronology
The Weight Of The World
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]
Rock Hard8.0/10[4]

Masterpeace is the sixth studio album of heavy metal band Metal Church. This album features the return of David Wayne, absent since The Dark. All original members recorded on Masterpeace except guitarist Craig Wells and drummer Kirk Arrington. Jeff Wade (the "friendly ghost") filled in for Arrington on the album and on tour.[5] This was the second Metal Church album to feature the cruciform Gibson Explorer on a cover, the first being the band's 1984 debut.

Album information[edit]

Kurt Vanderhoof criticized the failed reunion for the album, "'Masterpeace', which I like to call 'Disasterpeace'. The whole thing was a great idea, but when we tried to put together, it just didn't work. We got forced into doing some stuff, and, I swear, when we played Wacken with David Wayne, the whole thing fell apart with having all the original members. They literally forced us into doing that, and I was telling the management and record company, 'Look, this is a bad, bad idea.' We played, and we sucked — I mean, it was horrible. I was, like, 'Fuck you. I told you, and I warned you that this is bad.'" When asked about the reunion, he explains, "Well, David Wayne couldn't sing anymore — he was fucked up on drugs; prescription drugs, because that's 'different.' It was fun to play with John Marshall, but Kirk couldn't do it because of his health, and that's when I had to cut ties with Kirk. He didn't play, and he barely played on the record, and it took forever to get that done. It just didn't work. It was a horrible feeling. We did a tour and it was awful. We're still recovering from that now." He then adds, "Literally, 'Masterpeace', that era was when I decided I am never, never doing that again."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kurdt Vanderhoof and David Wayne, except where noted

1."Sleeps with Thunder"Kurdt Vanderhoof6:00
2."Falldown" 4:37
3."Into Dust" 4:15
4."Kiss for the Dead" 6:49
5."Lb. of Cure" 4:31
6."Faster Than Life" 4:51
7."Masterpeace" (instrumental)Vanderhoof1:54
8."All Your Sorrows" 5:39
9."They Signed in Blood" 7:27
10."Toys in the Attic" (Aerosmith cover)Steven Tyler, Joe Perry3:12
11."Sand Kings" 4:40


Metal Church
Additional musicians
  • Jeff Wade - drums
  • Mark Greer - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Karl Welty - engineer


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Netal Church - Masterpeace review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 275–276. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ Palmerston, Sean (1 November 1999). "Metal Church - Masterpeace". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  4. ^ Breusch, Matthias (1999). "Review Album: Metal Church - Masterpeace". Rock Hard (in German). No. 147. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  5. ^ a b O'Neill, Eamon (July 2017). "Metal Church Interview". Retrieved 2017-09-08.