Metal Church (Metal Church Album)
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Metal Church
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1984
StudioSteve Lawson Productions, Seattle, Washington
GenreThrash metal, heavy metal, speed metal, power metal
LabelGround Zero
ProducerMetal Church, Terry Date, Willie Mackay
Metal Church chronology
Four Hymns (Demo)
Metal Church
The Dark
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]
Rock Hard10.0/10[3]

Metal Church is the self-titled debut album by the American heavy metal band of the same name. The album was originally released by the independent record label Ground Zero in 1984. Based on the success of the album, the band was signed to a recording contract by Elektra Records, who reissued it in 1985. The cover art depicts a cruciform Gibson Explorer hidden in shadows and smoke.

The album contains a cover of Deep Purple's "Highway Star". The cassette edition and first European vinyl edition contained the bonus track "Big Guns". The Metal Blade Records compilation Metal Massacre V of 1984 features the song "The Brave", which is not included in this album. The first press release included a coupon to order a t-shirt and other merchandise.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Kurdt Vanderhoof, except where noted; all music composed by Vanderhoof, David Wayne and Craig Wells, except where noted.

Side one
1."Beyond the Black" 6:23
2."Metal Church" 5:03
3."Merciless Onslaught" (instrumental)Vanderhoof2:54
4."Gods of Wrath" 6:41
Side two
5."Hitman" Wayne, Vanderhoof4:39
6."In the Blood"  3:31
7."(My Favorite) Nightmare"  3:12
8."Battalions"Wayne, Vanderhoof, Kirk ArringtonVanderhoof, Wells4:53
9."Highway Star" (Deep Purple cover)Ian GillanRitchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice4:39


Credits adapted from the LP liner notes.[4]

Metal Church
  • Terry Date - producer, engineer
  • Jack Skinner - mastering
  • Saulius Pempe - photography
  • Kurdt Vanderhoof - logo
  • Willie Mackay - executive producer


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Metal Church - Metal Church review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 221. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ Trojan, Frank (1984). "Review Album: Metal Church - Metal Church". Rock Hard (in German). No. 9. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Metal Church (LP sleeve). Metal Church. US: Elektra Records. 1985. 60471-1.CS1 maint: others (link)

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