Hard rock titans METAL CHURCH will release their new album, "XI", on March 25 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe.
A new trailer for "XI", featuring the new METAL CHURCH song "Reset", can be seen below.
"XI" is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles at this location. A limited number of the deluxe international version are available on the web site and features a bonus disc of eight extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special-edition behind-the-scenes photobook, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself. The album is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play and via iTunes. Fans that order the digital version will receive an instant download of the song "Killing Your Time" from the new album.
The reunion between Mike and METAL CHURCH was put in motion in July of 2014 when Mike started working with Kurdt Vanderhoof on a side project he was forming with Nigel Glockler from SAXON. Through these initial conversations, Kurdt convinced Mike to ultimately return to METAL CHURCH. The idea was to see if they could recapture some of the magic from the three albums METAL CHURCH released in the late '80s: "The Human Factor", "Blessing In Disguise" and "Hanging In The Balance". Out of those sessions, "XI" was born and captures the sound that made the band fan-favorites in the '80's and mixes it with a new, invigorated sound for 2016.
"Sometimes I still can't believe it myself," says Vanderhoof. "No one would have ever thought Mike would return after his departure almost two decades ago."
Adds Howe: "At first, I struggled with the decision to come back, but after hearing the riffs that Kurdt was writing, I just couldn't resist. The music called to me and I wanted to be part of it!"
METAL CHURCH has also released an official music video for the debut single from "XI", a song called "No Tomorrow". The clip was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington, with Seattle filmmaker and documentarian Jamie Burton Chamberlin (of Black Dahlia Films), who previously worked with DUFF MACKAGAN'S LOADED on "The Taking" series.
The track listing for "XI" is:
02. Killing Your Time
03. No Tomorrow
04. Signal Path
05. Sky Falls In
06. Needle & Suture
08. Blow Your Mind
09. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools
METAL CHURCH 2016 is:
Mike Howe (vocals)
Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar)
Jeff Plate (drums)
Steve Unger (bass)
Rick VanZandt (guitar)
Feb. 19 - Aberdeen, WA - D & R Theater
Feb. 20 - Fife, WA - Louie G's
Feb. 22-26 - Miami, FL - Monsters Of Rock Cruise
Mar. 24 - Portland, ME - The Asylum
Mar. 25 - Manchester, NH - Jewel Nightclub (Free Show) [Record Release Party]
Mar. 26 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Mar. 28 - New York, NY - B.B. Kings
Mar. 29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
Mar. 30 - Westland, MI - The Token Lounge
Apr. 01 - Ringle, MI - Q & Z Expo Center
Apr. 02 - Cudahy, WI - The Metal Grill
Apr. 03 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
Apr. 04 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
Apr. 06 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Apr. 07 - Columbus, OH - O'Shecky's
Apr. 08 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Apr. 09 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
May 06 - Hamburg, Germany - Klubsen
May 07 - Hannover, Germany - Musikzentrum
May 08 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Garage
May 10 - London, UK - Underworld
May 12 - Prattein, Switzerland - Z7
May 13 - Regensburg, Germany - Airport Obertraubling
May 14 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Rock Hard Festival
May 15 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theater
Jul. 15 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival
Jul. 16 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo Metalfest
Aug. 05 - Pori, Finland - Porisphere Festival
Aug. 06 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13 - Kortrijk, Belgium - Alcatraz Metal Fest