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Metal Church
Weight Of The World
December 2004
Released: 2004, SPV
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP

These wily veterans have been on the verge of extinction so many times it must seem like old hat by now. The band roars back five years between albums, and overcomes the ‘curse of three’ namely bands that change lead singers three times rarely survive. New throat, Ronny Munroe does a great job without mimicking Howe or Wayne. He really takes what could be an average CD to a really good one. His performance and sound is a highlight for me. It’s great to hear Jay Reynolds (ex-Malice) back in action and the band delivers a very metal album. The warm, round production is inviting and familiar and lets the music shine. Not much from ‘Masterpeace’ sticks in my mind and only a few from ‘Hanging’, but several songs from this new disc instantly caught my ear with their hooks. Traditional metal fans should not discount these guys just yet, just listen a few times and I hope you will be pleasantly surprised. I was.
Track Listing

1. Leave Them Behind
2. Weight Of The World
3. Hero’s Soul
4. Madman’s Soul
5. Sunless Sky
6. Cradle To Grave
7. Wings Of tomorrow
8. Time Will Tell
9. Bomb To Drop
10. Blood Money


Ronny Munroe-Vocals
Kurdt Vanderhoof-Guitar
Jay Reynolds-Guitar
Steve Unger-Bass
Kirk Arrington-Drums



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