METAL CHURCH – THE DARK – FROM THE VAULT
Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the second album by Metal Church called The Dark. This was the last Metal Church album to feature the lineup of David Wayne – vocals, Kurdt Vanderhoof and Craig Wells – guitars, Duke Erickson – bass and Kirk Arrington – drums.
The album dedicated to Metallica bassist Cliff Burton focuses on such dark themes as death and struggle. The band’s first music video for Watch The Children Pray received substantial airplay on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and the song Ton of Bricks was used as the opening song for Charlie Sheen’s 1987 movie ” No Man’s Land.” The track listing for The Dark is as follows:
- Ton Of Bricks
- Start The Fire
- Method To Your Madness
- Watch The Children Pray
- Over My Dead Body
- The Dark
- Line Of Death
- Burial At Sea
- Western Alliance
In 1998, Metal Church reunited with original singer David Wayne, however their reunion was short-lived when Wayne left the band a second time in 2001. Sadly he passed away in 2005 due to complications from a car crash. While the band had called it quits in 2009, they reformed in 2012 and it was announced that singer Mike Howe, who sang with the band from 1988-1994 has officially rejoined the band.
Check out the video for Watch The Children Pray below: