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Damned If You Do Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set

by Metal Church

Release Date: 07 December 2018

Format: LP Double Vinyl

Label: Nuclear Blast Records


Metal Church Damned If You Do Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set


Born out of the West Coast Metal Scene of the 80’s, METAL CHURCH quickly became one of the standout talents of the genre. After signing a deal with Elektra Records, they released two critically acclaimed albums. Their self-titled release ‘Metal Church’ postured the band as one of the pioneers of the thrash/metal scene and with the heavy metal scene starting to rise in the US, METAL CHURCH set out on a very successful tour with label mates METALLICA.
Next came ‘The Dark’, the fury of its opening track, 'Ton Of Bricks' was championed as one of the premier metal releases of the 80’s. ‘The Dark’ also led to one of a few line-up changes with the departure of vocalist David Wayne. However, more success was yet to come. With the addition of former HERETIC vocalist Mike Howe, and METALLICA guitar tech extraordinaire John Marshall, the riffing became heavier and the subject matter deeper. They tackled political and social issues of the day with the releases of ‘Blessing In Disguise’ and ‘The Human Factor’. At a time when heavy metal bands moved from the underground and became part of the hair band/pop fad, METAL CHURCH stayed true to their roots.
In 2014 founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof convinced Mike Howe to rejoin METAL CHURCH and in March of 2016, they released their eleventh studio album ‘XI’.The ‘XI’ tour took them to audiences around the world, where they performed at several European festivals, and also saw them supporting MEGADETH’s ‘Dystopia’ tour, alongside AMON AMARTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and the BUTCHER BABIES. The band performed over 50 headline shows and also appeared on both the Monsters of Rock Cruise and the Ozzfest meets Knotfest kickoff show.
The latest release,Damned If You Do, is a cross between the band’s iconic Blessing In Disguise and The Human Factor. This new offering features ten fully-charged, classic-metal influenced songs that showcase the sound that has garnered the band a solid fanbase for over 3 decades. Kurdt Vandehoof comments, “I feel this album is a very powerful statement to what Metal Church has always been about. A tough and aggressive old school metal album while maintaining a level of musicality and melodic sensibilities”. Damned If You Do also features new drummer Stet Howland (ex WASP / Lita Ford). “From the minute we started tracking this new CD, I had the feeling that it was going to be something special.,“ enthuses Stet.“I knew that I was going to do my best to deliver a top drum performance, not only because of the high standard set by past Metal Church drummers, but also because this is my first CD release after being sick“
Damned If You Do is something truly unique and special. The songs are powerful, precise, and Metal Church’s musical vision is unified. From the haunting opener “Damned If You Do” to the final hard-edged track “War Electric,” this new album is sure to resonate with fans from the band’s early years while garnering new ones. Songs like “By the Numbers,” “Guillotine” and “The Black Things” are sure to become instant favorites!
Mike Howe comments: “I'm very excited about the new release. It all came together way better than I even imagined. It's a great feeling to work really hard on a musical project pouring your heart into it and hoping it comes out as something you can be proud of in the end. I have been listening to it every day and loving it! I hope our fans do as well!”

Featured Tracks:

Disc: 1

1. Damned If You Do
2. The Black Things
3. By the Numbers
4. Revolution Underway
5. Guillotine

Disc: 2

1. Rot Away
2. Into the Fold
3. Monkey Finger
4. Out of Balance
5. The War Electric

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