Metal Church (Metal Church album)

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Metal Church
Studio album by Metal Church
Released July 1984
Recorded 1984 at Steve Lawson Productions, Seattle, Washington
Genre Thrash metal, heavy metal, speed metal, power metal
Length 42:00
Label Ground Zero (1984 version)
Elektra (1985 version)
Producer Metal Church, Terry Date
Metal Church chronology
Four Hymns (Demo)
(1983)String Module Error: Match not found1983
Metal Church
The Dark
(1986)The Dark1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Metal Church is the self-titled debut album of the heavy metal band of the same name. The album was originally released independently by Ground Zero in 1984. Based on the success of the album, the band was signed to a recording contract by Elektra, who reissued it in 1985. The cover art depicts a cruciform Gibson Explorer hidden in shadows and smoke.

Some of their most notable songs are the opener, "Beyond The Black"; their title track; the instrumental "Merciless Onslaught"; "Gods Of Wrath" (which is different from all the other songs, as it had clean vocals, clean rhythms, and fluent solos);[citation needed] and the Deep Purple cover "Highway Star". The first European vinyl edition also contained a bonus track, "Big Guns". Metal Massacre V features the song "The Brave" and not "Big Guns". The first press release includes a t-shirt.

Track listing[edit]

Lyrics written by Kurdt Vanderhoof except where noted; Music written by Kurdt Vanderhoof, David Wayne and Craig Wells except where noted

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Beyond the Black"     6:23
2. "Metal Church"     5:03
3. "Merciless Onslaught" (Instrumental)   Vanderhoof 2:54
4. "Gods of Wrath"     6:41
5. "Hitman"   Wayne, Vanderhoof 4:39
6. "In the Blood"     3:31
7. "(My Favorite) Nightmare"     3:12
8. "Battalions" Wayne, Vanderhoof, Kirk Arrington Vanderhoof, Wells 4:53
9. "Highway Star" (Deep Purple cover) Ian Gillan Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice 4:39


Credits adopted from liner notes.[3]

Metal Church
  • Terry Date - Producer, Engineering
  • Jack Skinner - Mastering
  • Saulius Pempe - Photography
  • Kurdt Vanderhoof - Logo
  • Willie Mackay - Executive Producer

See also[edit]

  • Metal Church - A 2001 solo album by Metal Church vocalist David Wayne


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Metal Church Metal Church review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Metal Church - Metal Church". Sputnikmusic. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  3. ^ Metal Church (liner notes). Elektra/Asylum. 1985. 

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