West Coast metal veterans METAL CHURCH will release "Classic Live" via Rat Pak Records on April 28. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof, this special edition release features nine classic METAL CHURCH songs recorded live on the band's 2016 tour and also includes a special bonus track, a powerful new studio version of "Fake Healer" that features a duet with QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Todd La Torre.
Comments guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof: "This album not only commemorates the reunion between [singer] Mike [Howe] and the band, but it also pays tribute to some of the more popular songs of that era. It's really cool to see so many old fans and new fans of all ages enjoying these classics as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this". Howe adds: "It’s an honor to be back and it makes me very happy to see that almost 3three decades later, fans are still enjoying these songs!"
On the subject of the "Fake Healer" duet with Todd, Howe comments: "The idea came from the owner of our label Rat Pak Records (Joe). It was his idea to record this as a duet with Todd. It's an amazing version and I think fans will be very surprised at how good it sounds!"
La Torre says: "Having been a fan of METAL CHURCH since my early teens, never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined that the great Mike Howe would rejoin the band! Getting the opportunity to record a duet to the track 'Fake Healer' was beyond amazing!"
"Classic Live" is available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records web site in various bundles including vinyl, signed CDs and t-shirts.
"Classic Live" track listing:
01. Beyond The Black
02. Date With Poverty
03. Gods Of A Second Chance
04. In Mourning
05. Watch The Children Pray
06. Start The Fire
07. No Friend Of Mine
09. Human Factor
10. Fake Healer (bonus studio track) (feat. Todd La Torre)
11. Badlands (2015 studio version) (vinyl version only)
METAL CHURCH's latest album, "XI", debuted at No. 57 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 11,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 31, 2016.
"XI", was released on March 25, 2016 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh studio release marked the return of Howe.