Founded by guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof in the early eighties,
Metal Church's underground popularity rose quickly, and
their debut self-titled album was everything fans could have
hoped for, a landmark cutting-edge crushing metal album
featuring "Metal Church" and "Beyond The Black",
both still BNR favorites.
After the capable second release The Dark, vocalist David Wayne
left, replaced by Mike Howe, formerly of
(ironically, Wayne recruited two other Heretic members for his new
and in fact Vanderhoof himself was soon out of the band, leading to a string
of albums released with no current members.
By the time of Hanging In The Balance (featuring that awful album
cover) the band's popularity had waned somewhat,
and the band drifted apart and eventually broke up around 1995.
Vanderhoof returned, eventually bringing Wayne with him, and
and released Masterpeace in 1999, a capable reunion album.
Wayne departed again but the band persevered with vocalist Ronny
Munroe at the helm, surviving until 2009.
Again Vanderhoof brought the band back to life, with a largely
new lineup, and eventually Mike Howe returned to the mic,
where he remained until his unfortunated passing in 2021.
But with the band's fourth vocalist in place in 2023,
Metal Church survives.
Throughout the years the band has remained remarkably consistent
both in style (thrash-tinged American power metal) and quality,
evidenced by their numerous Readers' Album showings.
Recent album: Congregation Of Annihilation,
released on May 26, 2023.