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Metal Church
May 1999
Released: 1998, SPV/Steamhammer
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson

The second live Metal Church album is an official release, comprising songs taken from tapes dating back to 1986! Yes!!! This is the classic Metal Church lineup with Kurdt Vanderhoof and David Wayne! What you get here are 10 tracks from their first two albums, including "Ton of Bricks", "Start the Fire", "Watch the Children Pray", "Gods of Wrath" and "Metal Church", as well as some lesser known songs like "The Dark" and "Beyond the Black". But the two real surprises here are "Hitman" and "Psycho"…definitely the highlights of the album. My only disappointment is "Highway Star"…great cover, but I’d rather hear an original. In fact, why weren’t more songs included on this release? Surely there must have been other songs they could have pulled from the tapes. Why didn’t they go all out on this one?

Anyway, the sound quality on this album is a little rough, but this is 1986 for metal-god’s sake! In actuality, the sound is similar to their first album, giving this material a very energetic vibe. In addition, every instrument comes out sounding killer. Metal Church’s performance kicks some serious ass here too, as evidenced by drummer Kirk Arrington’s performance on "Psycho", a demanding song indeed! But most impressive are David’s vocals. He hits those high notes with such ease, and is quite forceful behind the mic. It is an indisputable fact that he is one of the finest live metal vocalists ever. If you need more proof, check out Reverend’s "Live" album. Not only should there be more songs, the booklet should have been expanded. I mean, this is the first Metal Church release since 1993! It shouldn’t have been released with a bang, it should have been released with a KABLOOOOM!!!!!!!
Track Listing

1. Ton of Bricks
2. Hitman
3. Start the Fire
4. Gods of Wrath
5. The Dark
6. Psycho
7. Watch the Children Pray
8. Beyond the Black
9. Metal Church
10. Highway Star


Kurdt Vanderhoof Guitars
Craig Wells Guitars
Kirk Arrington Drums
Duke Erickson Bass
David Wayne Vocals



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