METAL CHURCH - THIS PRESENT WASTELAND
Metal To Infnity
Church is a band that always lived under the surface of the mainstream Metal
movement; too little to become a ruling band, too big for the underground.
Nevertheless they proved their importance to the Metal community by releasing ''Metal
Church'' and ''The Dark'', two gems and milestones in the history of Heavy Metal
in general. Especially in the eighties Metal Church was only a short distance of
loss of David Wayne (RIP) was during several years a dark cloud above this band
but we also have to admit David Wayne wasn't a full member anymore since 1989.
During all those years Metal Church kept on releasing albums but the big success
of the eighties never came back. We can't say all of their albums were
victorious, to be honest the quality of the first three releases was never
reached again. That doesn't mean Metal Church delivered bad work but some albums
weren't really giving me a kick. The biggest problem is that everybody kept on
comparing a new album with those classic ones. During their history Metal Church
left the path of mid-tempo Thrash and became a more common, Melodic Traditional
Heavy Metal band. ''Blessing In Disguise'' even knew its progressive touches but
the brand of Metal Church became the early eighties Heavy Metal sound and more
and more it became their ultimate goal sounding that way. The ultimate darkness
and power faded away…
admit I made the same mistake and that's the major reason I concentrated myself
so hard on ''This Present Wasteland''. The fact that Ronnie Munroe (Rottweiler)
joined the band a few years ago was marvelous; he's an outstanding singer and
also his live performances are magnificent. His warm and strong clean voice
gives an extra positive impact to the band; his throat is created for the purest
new album takes off with 'The Company Of Sorrow' which is reminding me to the
late eighties period of the band. It is an awesome song to start with! From that
point Metal Church delivers one after another great song; melodic, heavy and
touching. This is outstanding Heavy Metal with here and there arrangements, like
'Meet Your Maker', that will make you think the oldest Metal Church is back.
This song is full of heavy loaded riffs and contains a kind of choruses and
solos I have missed so long with Metal Church. Although ''This Present Wasteland''
is full of amazing songs this kind of tracks are rather exceptional. What I hear
are once again first class emotional guitar solos. Ronnie Munroe's voice fits
perfect and every time he screams high and loud I'm getting cold shivers.
is pretty typical for this album is the fact that I have the constant feeling
listening to a compilation of songs that are based on elements that became,
during the years, so typical for the band. Listening to 'Meet Your Maker',
followed by 'Monster', will make you understand what I mean. Another highlight
of this album is the 'A War Never One' song; superb! It makes ''This Present Wasteland''
a most cherish album, to me one of the strongest of the band since many years.
Metal Church is still ambitious although I don't believe they will conquer the
world by this release. The old fans will reach a point of satisfaction, new and
young Metal fans can be seduced when they give the album a chance.
Metal Church doesn't have to prove anything anymore! Their place in history is already reserved and immortality is their fate! To release another gem more is needed, especially more darkness and a definitive return to mid tempo Thrash Metal. Nevertheless ''This Present Wasteland'' is more than worth checking out and makes me look forward to the upcoming tour with Overkill. The front cover is awesome and you'll discover more awesome models for a front cover inside the booklet. My favorite prototype is the one that was created by a man called Mario Lopez.
My Points: 85/100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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