->''Metal church, unholy, who'll be the sacrifice''\\
''Metal church, the only, don't you know the time is right''\\
''Metal church will find you, can't run very far''\\
''Metal church inside you, knows just who you are''
-->-- "Metal Church"

Metal Church are a power metal band from UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, United States. While they started off as a band bordering on ThrashMetal in TheEighties, they eventually eased into American PowerMetal after a short while. Their lyrics also changed over that period, from scares and nightmares, to social issues.


* ''Metal Church'' (1984)
* ''The Dark'' (1986)
* ''Blessing In Disguise'' (1989)
* ''Human Factor'' (1991)
* ''Hanging In The Balance'' (1993)
* ''Masterpeace'' (1999)
* ''The Weight Of The World'' (2004)
* ''A Light In The Dark'' (2006)
* ''This Present Wasteland'' (2008)
* ''Generation Nothing'' (2013)


!!The band and their music includes examples of:

* AllGuitarsAreStratocasters: In this band's case, Gibson Les Pauls.
* AudienceParticipationSong: They have a few, notably ''Metal Church'', ''Start the Fire'', ''Fake Healer'', ''The Human Factor''.
* {{Badass}}: With a brain.
* BadassBoast : In ''Metal Church'', the quote at the top of this page.
* BadassesWearBandanas: Bassist Duke Erickson, in the band's early years.
* BaldOfAwesome: Lead guitarist and songwriter Kurdt Vanderhoof, today.
* BurialAtSea: One of the song titles from ''The Dark'' (1986). They also did a song on the sinking of the Titanic (''Rest In Pieces (April 15, 1912)'' from ''Blessing In Disguise'').
* BloodKnight: The Hitman from the song of the same name in their first album.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executive]]/[[CorruptPolitician Politician]]: Songs are written about them in albums starting from ''Blessing In Disguise'' (1989).
* CoverVersion: ''Highway Star'' by Music/DeepPurple, on their debut album.
* DoctorJerk: ''Fake Healer'' from ''Blessing In Disguise'' (1989). This doctor will work only for big money, and has no qualms of letting poor patients die if they can't pay him.
-->You're dying on a stretcher\\
We'll try to save your life\\
If you can't afford my service\\
I will let you die!
* DrivenToSuicide: The central character or narrator in ''Gods of Second Chance'' from ''Hanging In The Balance'' (1993). Except that he's having second thoughts about it and wants to be heard. Likely a case of InterruptedSuicide without someone else interrupting.
* EightiesHair: Some band members took this even into the nineties, especially vocalist Mike Howe. Averted with Kurdt Vanderhoof, even in TheEighties.
* EpicRocking: At over seven minutes a song-
** ''Anthem to the Estranged'' and ''Badlands'' from ''Blessing in Disguise'' (1989).
** ''In Harms Way'' from 'The Human Factor'' (1991).
** ''Little Boy'' and ''End of the Age'' from ''Hanging in the Balance'' (1993).
** ''Madman's Overture'' from ''The Weight Of The World'' (2004)
** ''Temples at Sea'' from ''A Light in the Dark'' (2006).
** ''Deeds of a Dead Soul'' from ''This Present Wasteland'' (2008).
* EvilLaugh: ''Metal Church'' has this at the beginning.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Beyond The Black" → "Metal Church", from ''Metal Church'' (1984).
* FanDisservice: The utterly ugly cover for ''Hanging In The Balance''. [[ShmuckBait Do NOT look it up]].
* GratuitousPanning: The opening ''Rest In Pieces (April 15, 1912)'' from ''Blessing In Disguise'', which fades in for a long time.
* HeavyMeta: "Metal Church" in the first album, in a dark way. The band averts this trope otherwise.
* IdiosyncraticCoverArt: Their albums often feature a Gibson Explorer guitar with a cruciform neck.
** CoversAlwaysLie: They don't use that brand of guitar often. Their preferred brand is the Gibson Les Paul, in recordings, live performances and video shoots.
* IAmTheBand: Kurdt Vanderhoof is Metal Church. He's either featured in all the lineups as a player, or as a songwriter.
* MetalScream: David Wayne lived off this trope, and current vocalist Ronny Munroe has often used this to good effect.
* MoneyDearBoy: The subject of songs such as ''Human Factor'' (about record companies that sideline talent for prospects of making big money) and ''Fake Healer'' (a greedy doctor whose priority is making money, not healing patients).
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: A fairly solid 7, but hits 8 in the first two albums.
* NamesTheSame:
** David Wayne, their first vocalist, shares his name with a veteran actor from the black-and-white film era, with plenty of film credits from the 1950s.
** Mike Howe (the second vocalist) is also the name of one of the brothers (the other being Geoff), the owners of Howe and Howe technologies, a company that makes armoured, military-grade heavy machinery, and also the subject of a DiscoveryChannel TV show.
** They have a song called ''Blood Money'', which is the name of a song by an Australian alternative rock band known as, ironically, ''The Church'', and it is also the name of a very recent Bollywood film.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: The ''Conductor'' from the song of the same name from ''Hanging In The Balance'' (1993).
* PowerBallad: ''Gods of Wrath'', ''Watch the Children Pray'', ''Anthem to the Estranged'', and at least one per album. Most of them cross over with EpicRocking, given their length.
* PowerMetal: Their chosen style, although their first two albums have traces of ThrashMetal in them.
* RatedMForManly: With a brain, as their socially-conscious lyrics often suggest.
* RevolvingDoorBand: None of the band members have stayed in all the lineups.
** TheMentor: Not even Kurdt Vanderhoof, a founding member. For a few years, he was in the band merely as a songwriter, not as a player.
** HeyItsThatGuy: They currently have longtime Music/{{Savatage}}/Music/TransSiberianOrchestra drummer Jeff Plate on drums. On ''Gods of Second Chance'' from ''Hanging In The Balance'' (1993), Jerry Cantrell from Music/AliceInChains plays a solo.
** TheBigGuy: John Marshall, the guitarist from the ''Blessing In Disguise'' lineup, who played in four albums, stands 6'7" tall.
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''Metal Church'' (1984), with a title song ''Metal Church''.
* SinisterMinister: ''This Spell Can't Be Broken'' from ''Blessing In Disguise'' (1989) features one, who has a {{Cult}} following.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lars Ulrich unsuccessfully auditioned as a drummer for Metal Church in 1980. We know [[Music/{{Metallica}} where]] he ended up.