Saturday, July 11, 2009

Northwest Metal Forever!

Seattle, Washington-based metallers METAL CHURCH have released the following statement:

"To all of our fans and friends...

"We regretfully announce that METAL CHURCH is calling it quits.

"The performance at Rocklahoma will be our last show. We have had to cancel the shows scheduled for August and that, among other things, has led us to have to make this decision.

"There has been far too much frustration and disappointment in trying to keep moving forward. The collapse of our record company, SPV, has made it next to impossible for us to continue in any kind of professional manner due to lack of tour support. This decision was not made lightly.

"We do have unfinished business in the studio, and with any luck we will have something that will be of interest to METAL CHURCH fans in the near future.

"We would like to thank all the fans that have stuck with METAL CHURCH through all these years, the lineup changes and the ups and downs.

"We can't tell you how much your support has meant to us, we appreciate each and every one of you.

"It's been a great ride."

"This Present Wasteland", the latest album from METAL CHURCH, sold 920 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Now,I'll be honest...the last time I gave a shit about Metal Church Clinton was serving his first term. However, reading the above "good bye" from the band, or what's left of them is not shocking, but it's still about time. I mean 25 years as a band is still respectable as hell, even if the majority weren't exactly headline filled.

Anyway, when they were on they were on and the first two albums are absolute classics and they also made some quality Metal with Mike Howe and John Marshall in the band. However when they were both gone it was over for me.

I dug up some early press on the band from the good ol' days, enjoy.

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