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Releases : 31     Total votes : 67     Reviews : 9
Submitted by level Eagles (2006-08-28)
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Metal Church

a.k.a.ex-Sharpnel
CountryUnited States
Formed1980, San Francisco, California
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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Metal Church Discography

Album titleTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
preview Demo - 00
preview Demo - 00
preview Demo - 00
preview Demo - 00
Metal Church - Metal Church preview CollectionWish List Studio 89.6 254
preview Single - 00
preview Single - 00
preview Single - 00
Metal Church - The Dark preview CollectionWish List Studio 88.6 111
preview Single - 00
preview Single - 00
Metal Church - Blessing in Disguise preview CollectionWish List Studio 85.8 51
preview Demo - 00
preview CollectionWish List Video - 00
preview Single - 00
preview Single - 00
preview Single - 00
preview Single - 00
Metal Church - The Human Factor preview CollectionWish List Studio 80 31
preview Single - 00
Metal Church - Hanging in the Balance preview CollectionWish List Studio 83 50
preview CollectionWish List Live 80 10
preview CollectionWish List Live 90.7 72
Metal Church - Masterpeace preview CollectionWish List Studio 79.8 40
Metal Church - The Weight of the World preview CollectionWish List Studio 90 10
Metal Church - A Light in the Dark preview CollectionWish List Studio 84 20
preview CollectionWish List Video - 00
preview CollectionWish List Compilation - 00
Metal Church - This Present Wasteland preview CollectionWish List Studio 90 10
Metal Church - Generation Nothing preview CollectionWish List Studio 85 10
Metal Church - XI preview CollectionWish List Studio 90 10

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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

Metal Church Top Songs

Song titleAlbum titleRatingVotes
1Gods Of Wrath preview (1984) 97.52
2Battalions preview (1984) 1001
3Beyond The Black preview (1984) 952
4Metal Church preview (1984) 952
5Watch The Children Pray preview (1986) 952
6Highway Star (Deep Purple cover) preview (1984) 951
7Ton Of Bricks preview (1986) 951
8Start the Fire preview (1986) 951
9The Dark preview (1986) 951
10Hitman preview (1984) 901
11Method To Your Madness preview (1986) 901
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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