Originally rising from the infamous shores of the Bay Area of thrash, Metal Church would find their feet in Aberdeen, Washington. The swift move across North America gave the band the stable foundations to help create some of the most notorious thrash hits to come out of the era. With their eponymous debut album release in 1984, it wasn’t until singer Mike Howe came into the fold in 1988 that the most successful period for Metal Church was sparked.
The band went on to release the classic albums Blessing in Disguise (1989), The Human Factor (1991) and Hanging in the Balance (1993). By 1994, Mike Howe decided to walk away from the music business altogether to focus more attention on his family.
Over twenty years since his departure from the band, Metal Church have gone on to produce countless albums without him. However, 2016 sees them not only release their eleventh studio album XI, but also welcome back Mike Howe on vocals once again.
Track listing for XI:
02. Killing Your Time
03. No Tomorrow
04. Signal Path
05. Sky Falls In
06. Needle & Suture
08. Blow Your Mind
09. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools
12. Fan The Fire (Exclusive Bonus Track)
Tune in this week as I catch up with Mike to chat about the making of new album XI, and the upcoming European tour.
Be sure to check out Metal Church on their upcoming tour: