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Releases : 31     Total votes : 61     Reviews : 8
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Band

Metal Church

a.k.a.ex-Sharpnel
CountryUnited States
Formed1980, San Francisco, California, United States
GenresHeavy Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal
LabelsElektra Records, Steamhammer, Rat Pak

Line-up (members)

  • Kurdt Vanderhoof : Guitars (1982-1987, 1998-2009, 2012-)
  • Mike Howe : Vocals (1988-1995, 2015-)
  • Steve Unger : Bass (2004-2009, 2012-)
  • Jeff Plate : Drums (2006-2009, 2012-)
  • Rick Van Zandt : Guitars (2008-2009, 2012-)

Former members

  • Aaron Zimpel : Drums (1980)
  • Rick Wagner : Drums (1980)
  • Rick "Chief" Condrin : Guitars (1980) (R.I.P. 2014)
  • Ed Bull : Vocals (1980-1981)
  • Steve Hott : Bass (1981)
  • Carl Sacco : Drums (1981)
  • Mike Murphy : Vocals (1981)
  • Duke Erickson : Bass (1982-1994, 1998-2001)
  • Kirk Arrington : Drums (1982-1994, 1998-2006)
  • Tom Weber : Drums (1982)
  • Craig Wells : Guitars (1982-1994, 1998)
  • David Wayne : Vocals (1982-1988, 1998-2001) (R.I.P. 2005)
  • Mark Baker : Guitars (1986)
  • John Marshall : Guitars (1987-1994, 1998-2001)
  • Jay Reynolds : Guitars (2001-2008, 2012)
  • William McKay : Vocals (2001-2003)
  • Ronny Munroe : Vocals (2003-2009, 2012-2014)
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Discography

Album titleRankTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
preview CollectionWish List Demo - 00
preview CollectionWish List Demo - 00
preview CollectionWish List Demo - 00
preview CollectionWish List Demo - 00
Metal Church preview 456CollectionWish List Studio 89.8 233
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
The Dark preview 1,161CollectionWish List Studio 88.6 111
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
Blessing in Disguise preview CollectionWish List Studio 84.8 41
preview CollectionWish List Demo - 00
preview CollectionWish List Video - 00
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
The Human Factor preview CollectionWish List Studio 80 31
preview CollectionWish List Single - 00
Hanging in the Balance preview 2,854CollectionWish List Studio 83 50
preview CollectionWish List Live - 00
preview 1,131CollectionWish List Live 90.7 72
Masterpeace preview CollectionWish List Studio 81 40
The Weight of the World preview CollectionWish List Studio 90 10
A Light in the Dark preview CollectionWish List Studio 84 20
preview CollectionWish List Video - 00
preview CollectionWish List Compilation - 00
This Present Wasteland preview CollectionWish List Studio - 00
Generation Nothing preview CollectionWish List Studio 85 10
XI preview CollectionWish List Studio - 00

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Low To Overdrive lyrics
Low To Overdrive lyrics
Long Time Coming lyrics
Long Time Coming lyrics
Remain Silent lyrics
Remain Silent lyrics
Additional notes
Originally, Metal Church was formed in 1980 under the name Shrapnel in San Francisco by Kurdt Vanderhoof and others. Lars Ulrich (Metallica) also played in the band in 1981 on a few rehersals but didn't make it into the band, and so he is not considered as one of the past-members. This lineup released a few demos but nothing else. In 1981, Kurdt moved to Washington State and found Craig, Duke, and for a while Tom Weber on drums. Tom was quickly replaced by Kirk Arrington and this lineup recorded an instrumental demo.

After a few unsuccessful vocalist experiences, they found David Wayne, and released the "Four Hymns" demo in 1982. Further demo material from just before and just after Wayne was hired was also recorded though never officially released at the time was made available for free download after being unearthed over 20 years later.

"Four Hymns" got them a recording deal, which prompted Shrapnel to change their name to Metal Church and led to recording two albums. After "The Dark" in 1986, Kurdt Vanderhoof left and was replaced for half a tour by Mark Baker, and then by John Marshall as permanent guitarist. Kurdt would stay much involved in the songwriting process. In 1988, David Wayne left and was replaced by Mike Howe, with whom the next three albums were recorded. In 1994 the band broke up, but reformed in 1998 after finding some tapes from 1986 and releasing a live album. The lineup was David Wayne, Kurdt Vanderhoof, John Marshall, and Brian Wade and Jeff Lake on bass and drums, respectively. This lineup put out the Masterpeace album, and toured once. David Wayne then left the band and was replaced by Ronny Munroe.

Even though Kurdt Vanderhoof didn't record or tour with Metal Church after 1987, he was still considered a part of the band and wrote a lot of their material.

David Wayne passed away on 5/10/2005.It has been reported that he was found dead outside his house on this date, the cause being reported as complications of injuries sustained in a head-on car accident a few months prior.

Unreleased Sampler Track :
"Death Wish" - Northwest Metalfest (1984)

John Marshall was once Metallica's roadie and filled in on rhythm guitar when James Hetfield burned his arm.
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