When you talk about Metal Church, you are talking about one of the most iconic bands in the history of American metal, they were here before Slayer, Mötley Crüe, or Lamb Of God. Their early sound was the influence of the American thrash metal scene that transcended during the 80’s and that had influenced generations.
So, when it was announced that they were touring North America at the beginning of 2014, I knew I had to see them live. Because you don’t get the chance to see a band of this caliber touring your city every day, so I went down to the Club Red on a Tuesday night to check them out. As they are touring on their own, there was a long showcase of local bands before their show, which warmed up the crowd before the main course.
Metal Church took the stage around 10:30 pm, opening their show with Ton Of Bricks and Start The Fire out of The Dark (1986) album. By the end of Ton Of Bricks there was a moshpit already going on. The band continued with the title track of their latest album, Generation Nothing, then A Light In The Dark (2006) then Scream, again from Generation Nothing. Fake Healer and Badlands out of the Blessing In Disguise (1989) album were a treat for the crowd, that responded by singing along and more moshing. Gods Of Wrath out of their début album Metal Church (1985) brought the house down, followed by Mirror Of Lies out of the A Light In The Dark album.
After a quick run of introductions and what not, they keep it on the classic train with Watch The Children Pray out of The Dark album, Beyond The Black and Metal Church out of their self-title début album. To close up the night, Metal Church delivered a nice version of Highway Star original of Deep Purple and The Human Factor out of their Human Factor (1991) album.
Overall, it was a night of straight forward classic American metal that only a band like Metal Church could deliver, even though many of us had to work the next day, their show made the stay up late at night worth it. So if you are in their path during these North American tour, come out for a great show, and if you have never seen them before, this is a show you don’t want to miss, because again, this is a band that you won’t see out there often.
The Age Of Metal got the chance to speak with Kurdt Vanderhoof & Ronny Munroe of Metal Church before their show here in Tempe, AZ. We talked about the new album Generation Nothing, their legacy, the tour, and much more.
Generation Nothing Tour 2014
2-20 Thursday San Antonio, TX Backstage Live
2-21 Friday Houston, TX Concert Pub North
2-22 Sat Oaklahoma City, OK Chameleon Room
2-23 Sunday Dallas, TX Trees
2-25 Tuesday Indianapolis In The Headquarters
2-26 Thursday Chicago, IL Reggies
2-28 Friday Westland, MI Token Lounge
3-1 Sat Toronto, Canada The Rockpile East
3-2 Sunday Toronto, Canada The Rockpile West