Wayne was the solo project of former
vocalist David Wayne.
Why he felt the need to release a solo album when he was already
participating in what was essentially a solo band (that being
is unclear, but in any case he put together a band (another
Church member, guitarist Craig Wells, is listed in the credits but
apparently didn't record with the group and his name was listed in
the credits as a favor to Wayne), and,
in a move that was guaranteed to cause some sort of commotion,
named the album
, even going so far as to use that band's old
logo and (indirectly) album cover artwork.
To the surprise of no one, the rest of Metal Church wasn't too
happy about all this, though Wayne claimed that no disrespect
was intended and that his only goal was to further the great name
of Metal Church.
All controversy aside, the album is actually pretty good, as
Wayne himself is in typical form and the style is classic Church-
style power metal.
The cover of "Mississippi Queen" wasn't really necessary, but the
rest of the songs, though arguably not up to the standards of those
first two classic Metal Church albums, make for a solid release that
should appeal to old Church fans.
It was unclear what his long-term plans were,
but his tragic death in May 2005 cut the project short.
RIP: May 10, 2005, automobile accident, age 47
Reviews: Lords Of Metal
- The Choice
- The Hammer Will Fall
- Soos Creek Cemetary
- Burning At The Stake
- Nightmare Part II
- Ballad For Marianne
- Mississippi Queen
- David Wayne
- Jim Bell
- Mark Franco
- B.J. Zampa