Fresh off the release of their newest single and video “Faceless,” New York City’s Martyrd has announced that they will be doing several shows with Metal Church – a band that is often considered to be one of the trailblazers of the thrash metal movement, and responsible for penning such headbanging classics as “Watch the Children Pray.”
“I love Metal Church!” exclaims Martyrd guitarist, Michael Andreas. “Their heavy melodic sound has definitely had a huge influence on me as a musician, and I’m really honored to be able to go out and share the stage with them on this tour.” And as singer Aaron Pollard adds, “F*** yeah! I can’t wait to get on the road again in 2014, what better way to do that than with Metal Church!”
Comprised of singer Pollard, guitarists Michael Andreas and Mike Kitsos, bassist Brian Nichols, and drummer Randall Lee, Martyrd has quickly made a name for themselves on the US east coast. And their last album, 2012’s sophomore effort, ‘The Mortal Coil,’ saw the group on tour with six-string legend Yngwie Malmsteen, while gaining praise from the metal press, including Guitar World Magazine, which proclaimed Martyrd was “A melee of blistering riffs and soaring vocal melodies sure to please fans of both Kreator and Symphony X.”
‘The Mortal Coil’ also reached #14 nationally on the CMJ Loud Rock Charts, while the group also completed their successful “Fall of the Faithful” fall-winter tour; and enjoyed a strong performance of the album’s single, “Pain of Reason.” Additionally, Martyrd has shared the stage with countless renowned heavy metal acts, including Children of Bodom, Black Dahlia Murder, Sonata Arctica, God Forbid, Testament, Death Angel, Ensiferum, and many more.
“‘Faceless’ is my new favorite,” explains Andreas about one of the band’s standout new tracks. “We had so much fun writing, recording, and listening to it. We’ve been writing a ton of new material since we released ‘The Mortal Coil,’ but ‘Faceless’ just sort of came together on its own, very quick. Its no-nonsense – it comes in pounding right off the bat, and then makes a statement with that heavy verse riff. There’s definitely a lot of heaviness, in fact, I think Aaron in particular has never sounded so heavy. But there’s also harmony and melody – that chorus is just asking you to sing along. This song is what Martyrd’s all about; it’s heavy and pounding and aggressive, but also melodic and kind of catchy. It’s just really fun to play and listen to. We can’t wait to take it out on the road and really see our friends and fans get into it!”
Fans can view the music video for Faceless below
To purchase the song, visit iTunes at this link.
And from March 2nd through the 9th, Martyrd will be spreading the word throughout the east coast of the U.S. Don’t dare miss this hard-hitting evening
of metal madness!
CONFIRMED METAL CHURCH/MARTYRD TOUR DATES:
1. 03/02 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2. 03/04 – St Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
3. 03/05 – JB McGinnes – New Castle, DE
4. 03/06 – Revolution – Amityville, NY
5. 03/07 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
6. 03/08 – Empire – Springfield, VA
7. 03/09 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
Martyrd.com – http://martyrd.com
Metal Church “Generation Nothing” marks the bands 10th full length studio release and boasts the return to the band’s classic metal sound, says founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof, “It has elements of both the first album and the “The Dark”, but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past.”
Born out of the West Coast Metal scene in the 80’s, Metal Church quickly became one of the standout talents of their genre. The band’s first release simply entitled “Metal Church” postured the band as one of the pioneers of the thrash/metal scene, while their sophomore release “The Dark” was championed as one of the premier metal releases of the 80’s.
Now with the current band’s line up, Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar), Ronny Munroe (vox), Jeff Plate (drums), Rick Van Zandt (guitar) and Steve Unger on bass, “Generation Nothing” combines the best elements of the band’s early roots with modern day lyrical content and a revived hunger that delivers an electric assault of anthemic & epic metal songs! Videos for “Generation Nothing” and “Dead City” are currently in the post production stage and a world tour is in the works for 2014. Official release date for “Generation Nothing” is scheduled for October 22, 2013.
1. BULLET PROOF
2. DEAD CITY
3. GENERATION NOTHING
4. NOISES IN THE WALL
5. JUMP THE GUN
8. HITS KEEP COMIN’
9. CLOSE TO THE BONE
10. THE MEDIA HORSE
Check out the song “Scream” below!
Rat Pak Records set to release sophomore album “Lords Of The Edge” from Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe produced by Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden).
Classic power metal is still alive and well! Ronny Munroe’s (voice of Metal Church) new CD Lords Of The Edge is hands down his finest work to date. Featuring the guitar mastery of Stu Marshall (Empires of Eden), Chris Caffery (TSO/Savatage), and Michael Wilton (Queensryche), Lords Of The Edge is a true metal offering that delivers an onslaught of fist-pumping, guitar-driven heavy metal.
Lords Of The Edge gives us 12 new solid tracks of melodic metal that can only be described as one of those rare albums that captures the magic of the classic metal era. “We wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time, true metal fans could hear everything that we were influenced by growing up in the classic metal era,” says Ronny on the recording of the new CD. “Lords Of The Edge sounds a little bit like what would happen if you put Metal Church’s Light in the Dark CD into a blender with Queensryche’s first EP and Judas Priest’s Painkiller, then mixed it with some present day themes and a shot of pure adrenaline.”
The opening tracks, “Just Breathe” and “Full Circle” offer fast and furious guitar assaults with high energy vocals, while tracks like “The Vision” and “Touched By A Demon” take on a more haunting melodic approach that set up the listener for the gritty, power-metal influenced tracks like “Let Them Feed” and “Rock And A Hard Place.”
With 12 strong tracks on this CD, it is a fantastic offering that deserves to be in every metal fan’s music collection!
Watch the video trailer for “Lords of the Edge” here:
1) Just Breathe
2) Full Circle
3) Pierced By The Maiden
4) The Vision
5) The Fear Of What’s To Come
6) Let Them Feed
7) Rock And A Hard Place
8) Blood Red Skies
9) Lords Of The Edge
10) Touched By A Demon
11) Still Alive
12) Goodbye To The Black
Love & War Records and Lillian Axe welcome Ronny Munroe as the new voice of Lillian Axe. As of August 1, 2010, Ronny Munroe, formerly the lead vocalist of Metal Church, will join Lillian Axe as a fulltime member replacing departing vocalist Derrick LeFevre as lead vocalist of Lillian Axe.
The members of Lillian Axe wish Derrick LeFevre nothing but the best of luck in his future endeavors. Unfortunately Derrick could not commit to the rigorous touring schedule that Lillian Axe prides itself on to this day.
When Ronny Munroe takes the stage, he has the crowd’s attention. His unique vocal style sets him apart from other singers because he brings something extraordinary to every song. Ronny is an in-your-face performer, consummate professional, innovative lyricist and songwriter who fuses melody with hard hitting rock in a way that will take your breath away.
Lillian Axe founder and guitarist, Steve Blaze says, “We met Ronny in Seattle playing a show together two years ago. My first impression was “damn he’s tall!” After watching him perform, I thought to myself how amazing a vocalist and presence he was. I always keep in the back of my mind great talents when I see them, and Ronny was one of those guys. During the 3 days we spent together in New Orleans rehearsing and getting to know each other, I was amazed how well he fit in as a human being as well as a band mate. The true talent is only half the game; the person is the other. Ronny has it all. Having Ronny as a writing partner and performing partner is something I am very much looking forward to!”
Bassist Eric Morris agrees, “I am looking forward to what a vocalist like Ronny can bring to the table. I think he will add a whole new element and catapult our music into a brand new fan base as well as satisfy the die-hards.”
Former Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe has released a new video, “Delirium”. Check it out!
Metal Church has the following message on their website today:
To all of our fans and friends…
We regretfully announce that Metal Church is calling it quits.
The performance at Rocklahoma will be our last show. We have had to cancel the shows scheduled for August and that, among other things, has led us to have to make this decision.
There has been far too much frustration and disappointment in trying to keep moving forward. The collapse of our record company, SPV, has made it next to impossible for us continue in any kind of professional manner due to lack of tour support. This decision was not made lightly.
We do have unfinished business in the studio, and with any luck we will have something that will be of interest to Metal Church fans in the near future.
We would like to thank all the fans that have stuck with Metal Church through all these years, the line-up changes and the ups and downs.
We can’t tell you how much your support has meant to us, we appreciate each and every one of you.
It’s been a great ride… thanks for being a part of it.
Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitars) was suffering with his back problems for a long time. After several treatments this summer all looked good so far, but last weekend it got so bad again that his doctor warned him about doing a bigger tour before the problem is solved.
We are very sorry, but better to cancel the tour now, before we are deep in pre-sales and we have to cancel then. We all are very sorry about this, but the health of Kurdt is too important than taking the risk!
We all hope that the doctors are right in giving the hope that after a few months medical treatments it will be OK again without an operation.”
Surprise! Metal Church has a new album out, it’s scary to think that a legendary band like Metal Church would release a new album and there be no press on it. I have all eight of the other Metal Church albums and found out about “This Present Wasteland” looking through the new release section of a very non-metal website. As soon as I found out when it was being released I went straight to my favorite record store, known to many as Amazon and ordered it.
Metal Church has always been a strange band for the fact that they are hard to classify. Are they thrash or power, I think the answer is a little of both, especially with Ronny Munroe as the vocalist, if you haven’t heard him sing think of him as a cross between Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) and Biff Byford (Saxon). This is Munroe’s third album with the band and I still can’t get used to his voice, maybe I am just a die hard David Wayne (R.I.P.) fan.
The musicianship on “Wasteland” is excellent Kurdt Vanderhoof shreds as he always has and guitarist Rick Van Zandt, bassist Steve Unger, and drummer Jeff Plate round out the ’08 version and are all very tight. Jeff Plate is a monster behind the drum kit. Without a doubt the songs are there, but once again it goes back to the vocals and the fact that I just can’t get into Munroe’s vocal style.
“Breathe Again” starts everything off and probably is the best track on the album but it reminds me more of Iron Maiden than Metal Church. “Crawling To Extinction” is where Jeff Plate gets to shine but in all actuality he shines throughout the whole CD. “Deeds of a Dead Soul” kind of reminds of Metallica in the way it is almost nine minutes long but also the solo is very reminiscent of Kirk Hammett.
If you haven’t heard Metal Church before or only the three albums Ronny Munroe has sang on “This Present Wasteland” may appeal to you but if you are a fan of David Wayne or Mike Howe it may leave you wishing for a little more.
- In The Company Of Sorrow
- Perfect Crime
- Deeds Of A Dead Soul
- Meet Your Maker
- Crawling to Extinction
- War Never Won
- Mass Hysteria
- Breathe Again
Metal Church is:
Ronny Munroe – Vocals
Kurdt Vanderhoof – Guitars
Rick Van Zandt – Guitars
Steve Unger – Bass
Jeff Plate – Drums
Why some great releases go out of print, makes no sense to this listener. Metal Church’s fifth CD, The Human Factor, featuring ex-Heretic vocalist, Mike Howe is easily my favorite by the band.
Mike Howe sings with an angry passion that would make Dave Mustaine proud. The song writing on this disc is way above average. Even though guitarist, Kurt Vanderhoof didn’t play on the record, he left his mark as the chief songwriter. The songs tackle the political and social issues of the day, including music, poverty, activists, censorhip, child endangerment and more. One look at the lyric sheet, and you will be amazed at the writing on this disc.
Everything on this record works for me. Great vocals, kill guitar work, an excellent rhythm section and good songs. The music is heavy but it has a killer groove, that will appeal to a lot of metal fans.
The best cuts on this record are Human Factor, Date With Poverty, Final Word, and In Harm’s Way. Even though these songs are the stand out tracks, I like ever song on this disc. In fact, I love this album every bit as much as the day when I picked it back up in 1991.
Sadly, this album is out of print, but copies of it show up on Ebay and Amazon.com from time to time. If you can find a copy of the Human Factor, grab it. You won’t be disappointed.
For more information on Metal Church, check out their website.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Human Factor
2. Date With Poverty
3. Final Word
4. In Mourning
5. In Harm’s Way
6. In Due Time
7. Agent Green
8. Flee from Reality
10. Fight Song
Metal Church is:
Mike Howe – Vocals
Duke Erickson – Bass
John Marshall – Guitars
Craig Wells – Guitars
Kirk Arrington – Drums
Legendary Seattle metallers METAL CHURCH will release their new album, This Present Wasteland, in Europe on September 26th via SPV Records. The tracklisting is as follows: ‘Killing Space’, ‘War Never Won’, ‘Meet Your Maker’, ‘Crawling To Extinction’, ‘Mass Hysteria’, ‘Breath Again’, ‘Deeds Of A Dead Soul’, ‘The Prophet And The Madman’, ‘Beneath The Silence’, ‘Tales Of A Stalker’, ‘King Of Lies’, ‘In The Company Of Sorrow’, ‘The Perfect Crime’.
Metal Church have confirmed the following opening slots: August 2 in Mapplewood, MN with JUDAS PRIEST and August 16th in San Juan Puerto Rico at Roberto Clemente Coliseum with QUEENSRŸCHE.