Long-running Seattle metallers METAL CHURCH have issued the following update:
"After much consideration and many qualified applicants, we have come to a decision on a new guitar player. We have chosen Rick Van Zandt.
"Rick is a very gifted player who spent many years in the Seattle metal scene in bands like THE END, ROTTWEILLER and THE RONNY MUNROE BAND. Some of Rick's influences are Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore and Eddie Van Halen.
"Rick brings a whole new level of playing to METAL CHURCH and we are all glad to have him and we are sure you, the fans will be as well. Get ready for some shredding! The new album really kicks some metal ass; every band says that, but we mean it!!"
METAL CHURCH vocalist Ronny Munroe was a guest on the "Maximum Threshold" show this past Saturday night (April 12).
You can now download the program as audio file at this location.
Ronny Munroe is currently laying down vocal tracks for METAL CHURCH's new album, which will be entitled "This Present Wasteland". The CD's artwork, which was submitted by a fan named Rainer Kalwitz from Germany via a MySpace contest, can be viewed at this location.
The group recently parted ways with guitarist Jay Reynolds (also of MALICE) for "personal reasons."
METAL CHURCH's latest album, "A Light in the Dark", was released in June 2006 via SPV. The CD includes a new version of the classic "Watch the Children Pray" as a tribute to vocalist David Wayne, who passed away in May 2005.