Metal Church-The Elektra Years 1984-1989

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Metal Church-The Elektra Years 1984-1989Review Date: March 2020
Released: February 2020
Label:  Cherry Red/ HNE
Rating: 3/5
Review: JP

This falls in the category of public service reviews.    Cherry Red and HNE have just released a cool little package collecting some (but not all!) of the major label years of Metal Church.   Metal Church was quick out of the gate and signed to Elektra Records in the USA.  They released three albums, and this nice little package collects the first three albums in one place.

Unlike many of Cherry Red clamshell reissue boxsets, this one is simply a double foldout digipak.   The packaging is a little odd, two of the three albums come in the cardboard wallet and one is just housed in the digipak itself. There is a foldout poster with liner notes, credits, track-listings and a brief historical overview of the early years of the band. There are three rare tracks but they are just radio edits of the singles that were released.  There is no unreleased material in this set unfortunately.

I’m not going to go into depth and review each of these iconic records.  They are stone-cold classics that stand the test of time even to this day.   Even I must admit, this set is pretty unnecessary.  That is not to say it is not welcome, but for the true fans, there is very little reason to buy this, unless you are like me and want to replace (or supplement) your old tapes and vinyl that you bought the first time these records came out over three decades ago. All these records are readily available, however, maybe in the UK and Europe they are harder to find in stores.   Maybe you are a new fan discovering Metal Church for the first time so by all means get this tight little bundle.

I’m going to have to go with a split rating on this set.  In terms of packing presentation and extras, it is pedestrian achieving an average score of 2.5 out five.  In terms of the music?  Fives across the board for all three albums!  At an affordable price, you can’t go wrong because you can’t worship at  the Metal Church too often!


TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE
METAL CHURCH (1984)

1. BEYOND THE BLACK
2. METAL CHURCH
3. MERCILESS ONSLAUGHT
4. GODS OF WRATH
5. HITMAN
6. IN THE BLOOD
7. (MY FAVORITE) NIGHTMARE
8. BATTALIONS
9. HIGHWAY STAR

DISC TWO
THE DARK (1986)

1. TON OF BRICKS
2. START THE FIRE
3. METHOD TO YOUR MADNESS
4. WATCH THE CHILDREN PRAY
5. OVER MY DEAD BODY
6. THE DARK
7. PSYCHO
8. LINE OF DEATH
9. BURIAL AT SEA
10. WESTERN ALLIANCE
BONUS TRACK
11. WATCH THE CHILDREN PRAY (SINGLE EDIT)

DISC THREE
BLESSING IN DISGUISE (1989)

1. FAKE HEALER
2. REST IN PIECES (APRIL 15, 1912)
3. OF UNSOUND MIND
4. ANTHEM TO THE ESTRANGED
5. BADLANDS
6. THE SPELL CAN’T BE BROKEN
7. IT’S A SECRET
8. CANNOT TELL A LIE
9. THE POWERS THAT BE
BONUS TRACKS
10. BADLANDS (SINGLE EDIT)
11. FAKE HEALER (SINGLE EDIT)