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)
Metal Church
The Dark
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". This bonus track is now available to download from Metal Church's official website.[3]

Track listing[edit]

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


Credits adopted from liner notes.[4]

Metal Church

Produced by Metal Church and Terry Date Engineered by Terry Date Mastered by Jack Skinner at Stirling Sound

See also[edit]

Metal Church (Wayne album) - 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. ^ - Downloads.
  4. ^ Metal Church (liner notes). Elektra/Asylum. 1985. 

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