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Metal Church - Metal Church



8.7 | 345 votes |
Release date: 1984
Style: Heavy metal, Thrash metal

Owners:

435 have it
58 want it


01. Beyond The Black
02. Metal Church
03. Merciless Onslaught
04. Gods Of Wrath
05. Hitman
06. In The Blood
07. (My Favorite) Nightmare
08. Battalions
09. Highway Star [Deep Purple cover]
10. Big Guns [European bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1984: 6

Line-up
David Wayne - vocals
Craig Wells - guitars
Kurdt Vanderhoof - guitars
Kirk Arrington - drums
Duke Erickson - bass

Additional info
Producer & engineer: Terry Date.
Executive producer: Willie Mackay.
Mastering: Jack Skinner.
Photography & artwork: Saulius Pempe & Kurdt Vanderhoof.

Guest review by
Born-2rise
Rating:
9.5
Metal Church's debut is more thrashy than any of their other albums (except maybe The Dark...). Metal Church is very underappreciated in my opinion. And I wish I could shout to the world how amazing this band is, but I guess when reality takes over, this band started off amazingly well, and then started dropping down and down in the ratings.

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published 09.02.2008 | Comments (12)

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Comments: 19   Visited by: 721 users
04.07.2011 - 01:49
John Shock

I don't know why this album isn't on the Top 200! This is Heavy Metal masterpiece! Just one "Classic"
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04.03.2012 - 00:05
Rating: 10
Vasil de Shumen
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Written by John Shock on 04.07.2011 at 01:49

This is Heavy Metal masterpiece! Just one "Classic"


Absolutely !
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07.04.2013 - 16:07
Metropolis_Dream
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Impressive debut from Metal Church. I´m not confidenced with the last four tracks, though. Could have been a higher rating then.
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07.05.2013 - 19:21
Rating: 8
Demonmayonnaise

This album is very good. Definitely their best.
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27.02.2015 - 11:02
Rating: 5
Dr. Strawberry

Written by deadone on 05.05.2014 at 05:00

Decent little album indeed. I think they got better on the next two.

I liked to see you using the word "Little" here as this album is really no Big deal, it's overrated. Their second album is slightly better.
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27.02.2015 - 16:31
raveneffect

One of the best Thrash pieces of all time, not even close
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27.02.2015 - 16:53
Lit.
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Their best album, without contest.
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27.02.2015 - 17:12
Fearmeister
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Written by Guest on 27.02.2015 at 16:53

Their best album, without contest.


What about the one after it?

Don't make me drop a Ton of Bricks on your head.
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27.02.2015 - 17:47
Lit.
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Written by Guest on 27.02.2015 at 17:12

Written by Guest on 27.02.2015 at 16:53

Their best album, without contest.


What about the one after it?

Don't make me drop a Ton of Bricks on your head.

A good album, don't get me wrong, but this one prevails over it.
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27.02.2015 - 17:49
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Guest on 27.02.2015 at 17:12

Written by Guest on 27.02.2015 at 16:53

Their best album, without contest.


What about the one after it?

Don't make me drop a Ton of Bricks on your head.


The Dark is good but doesn't come near the quality of this one. It is for a reason this one is considered quite a classic by many a person.
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27.02.2015 - 17:52
Fearmeister
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I like The Dark better, shoot me. This is still a good album though.
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27.02.2015 - 19:21
Charly546

This is a good album, a small classic and the next one is of similar quality but starting with "Blessing in Disguise" they're getting progressively better with each album until culminating with excellent "Hanging in the Balance".
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23.07.2016 - 20:01
Rating: 9
Jope of Steele

Strong album. Songs like "Gods Of Wrath" and "Battalions" especially are what makes heavy metal worthwhile of listening even after these 3 decades.
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04.01.2019 - 15:44
Rating: 9
Maasai Mara

The American answer to Iron Maiden. Catchy as hell and truly deserving of the classic tag, better than anything Iron Maiden ever put out.
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12.01.2020 - 17:03
Rating: 9
Definite classic! Excellent all the way through
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17.10.2020 - 00:02
Rating: 9
Timelord

I got this when it first came out on a whim. Waaay back in the day it wasn't easy to find out information about a band so you had to "roll the dice" when buying something you have no knowledge of. I can't tell you how many records I bought just because the album cover looked wicked. I had several purchases that turned out to be total Duds. Not this one!! Incredible from start to finish! Metal Church's best release hands down!
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17.10.2020 - 00:12
Rating: 9
Metal Rambo

Classic metal album, plain and simple. Metal Church is one of those bands who have always managed to make more or less killer stuff without sacrificing their own personality in the process. This and Blessing in Disguise are the best in my opinion.
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25.06.2021 - 17:09
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
This album is an absolute classic! they don't get as much praise as the big 4, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax or Slayer, but this debut album is right up there with the best of them.

The problem is there were so many great American thrash acts around at that time Metal Church, Testament, Exodus, Overkill etc, they didn't get the same attention, yet they were just as good.

What I like most about this album is it is 50% thrash and heavy metal, it sounds somthing between WASP and Testament, two bands I greatly admire.
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10.07.2021 - 02:46
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000

Do you ever listen to an album or a song and find yourself laughing out loud because your brain can't keep up with how much awesomeness is flowing through your ears?
Yeah, well, that's what's happening to me when I listen to this album - it's unexpectedly, incomprehensibly fantastic!
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