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ARMORED SAINT – Announces US Tour Dates With METAL CHURCH

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Starting this June, the mighty ARMORED SAINT will head back out on the road, playing to fans across the world this Summer! The first run of dates kicks off in the US, with the band joining Metal Church for a special West Coast trek. ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera comments: “We’re super excited to go back out for some select dates this Summer. The June dates with Metal Church are a fan-made match that is sure to be an amazing time!”

As previously reported, ARMORED SAINT will also make several European festival and club appearances this July, before concluding their world tour in Japan at Loud Park. See below for all upcoming dates.

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ARMORED SAINT w/ Metal Church:

6/03/2016 @ M15 – Corona, CA
6/04/2016 @ Whisky-A-Go-Go – Hollywood, CA
6/05/2016 @ Brick by Brick – San Diego, CA
6/06/2016 @ Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
6/08/2016 @ DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
6/10/2016 @ Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
6/11/2016 @ Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
7/14/2016 @ Underworld – London, UK
7/16/2016 @ Rock Fest Barcelona @ Parc de Can – Barcelona, ES
7/28/2016 @ Headbangers Open Air – Brande-Hornerkirchen, DE
7/29/2016 @ Saarmageddon @ Messegeland e- Saarbrucken, DE
7/30/2016 @ Nord Open Air – Essen, DE
10/ 8/2016 @ Loud Park Festival – Tokyo, JP

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ARMORED SAINT recently revamped their merchandise store to include a slew of new and classic designs, which can be viewed here: (USA) indiemerch.com/armoredsaint or (Europe) goo.gl/HXCROv. For more news, current tour dates, and additional information, fans can also visit the newly updated official website: armoredsaint.com.

ARMORED SAINT brings together five masters of Metal – frontman John Bush, bassist Joey Vera, guitarist Phil Sandoval, drummer Gonzo Sandoval and guitarist Jeff Duncan – all combine to forge one of the genre’s most criminally unsung forces. Their latest full-length, Win Hands Down, debuted at #71 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums Chart during its week of release, and also earned an impressive #33 on the German Top 100 albums charts. To purchase and preview Win Hands Down, visit: metalblade.com/armoredsaint.

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LONG LIVE ARMORED SAINT.

LONG LIVE METAL CHURCH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

METAL CHURCH – New Album “XI” Slated For Release On MARCH 25th Via RAT PAK RECORDS

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , on January 5, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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METAL CHURCH RETURN WITH LEGENDARY VOCALIST MIKE HOWE

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(January 5th, 2016 – New York, NY) – Hard rock titans Metal Church return with their latest album XI slated for release on March 25th via Rat Pak Records. The band’s 11th studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The reunion between Mike and Metal Church started 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 3 albums Metal Church released in the late 80’s: 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, no one would have ever thought Mike would return after his departure almost 2 decades ago” says guitarist and founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof.

“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!” says returning vocalist Mike Howe.

Metal Church has also released an official music video for the debut single from XI, “No Tomorrow.” The video can be seen above or at: https://youtu.be/ary17dRnC3o and was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. The video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films and features a unique visual that ties in to the location.

A behind-the-scenes video on the making of the video for “No Tomorrow” was also recently released and can be seen below or here: https://youtu.be/Rr0bHRjfhmU.

XI was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.

Rat Pak Records has also teamed up with Nuclear Blast Europe through a worldwide licensing agreement for distribution of XI in all territories outside of North America, South America and Japan. “We here at Rat Pak Records were very excited to receive a licensing request from Markus Staiger and his amazing team at Nuclear Blast Europe to release this new Metal Church XI into their international territories, ultimately insuring that this album will reach every corner of the globe,” states Rat Pak Records President Joe O’Brien.

Markus Staiger adds: “We are happy and proud to welcome Metal Church, an absolute metal legend, to the Nuclear Blast Europe family! When the self-titled debut album was released in 1984, it was a revelation to me – that this was how heavy metal had to sound like – with killer riffs and plenty of speed! We will do our utmost to help re-establish Metal Church here in Europe and get them back where they belong – in the ‘Champions League’ once again!“ King Records will be overseeing the new Metal Church release throughout Japan. “We are very excited to be releasing the new album by Metal Church,” adds “Ryo” Saito of King Records.

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Metal Church Official Website:

http://metalchurchofficial.com

Metal Church Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMetalChurch

Metal Church on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/metalchurchis1

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LONG LIVE METAL CHURCH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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LEGENDARY METAL CHURCH SINGER MIKE HOWE RETURNS TO THE BAND!

Posted in Metal, metal bands, metal music, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on May 1, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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From Rat Pak Records:

Legendary front-man Mike Howe returns to Metal Church! In the summer of 2014 the band suddenly found themselves in need of a new singer. As fate would have it, Kurdt was already in talks with Mike for another project that he was working on with Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler, so he decided to ask Mike to rejoin Metal Church. Mike agreed, but true to form, didn’t want to make it official until he knew for sure that the integrity of the new material was there.

In Mike’s own words: ” I didn’t want to come back to Metal Church just for nostalgia, it had to be for the right reasons, it had to be the best stuff we’ve ever written together or it just wouldn’t be worth it to anyone, especially the fans.”  Soon after, Kurdt and Mike began exchanging ideas and writing new material with the band. The end result sounds like “Classic Mike Howe era Metal Church, it’s both heavy and melodic” says guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and further states “Mike sounds the same as he did 20 years ago, this is going to be truly epic!!” Drummer Jeff Plate comments, “Mike Howe is the ONLY singer for Metal Church. He has a reputation of complete honor and respect.  We can now take Metal Church to the next level!”

Mike Howe originally joined Metal Church in the late 80’s and released 3 albums with the band: “The Human Factor”, “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging in the Balance”. Mike was also the face of popular music videos “Date With Poverty” and “Badlands” that aired during MTV’s heyday.

The band is currently in the process of working on their new album, which will be released later this year via Rat Pak Records.   Metal Church is: Mike Howe (Vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (Guitars) Jeff Plate (Drums), Steve Unger (Bass) and Rick VanZandt (Guitars).

For more info click HERE.

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LONG LIVE METAL CHURCH.

LONG LIVE MIKE HOWE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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RONNY MUNROE “THE OTHERS” (LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL) OFFCIAL VIDEO IS: STONE’S METAL PICK OF THE DAY!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, music news, music videos, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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RONNY MUNROE – The powerful voice of Metal Church and Metal warrior, Ronny Munroe, will be seeing his 3rd solo album, Electric Wake, releasing via Rat Pak Records on June 24th, 2014. Keeping true to his Heavy Metal aura, Ronny Munroe once again sings the doctrine of our beloved music genre, in impressive and enlightening fashion. The aforementioned is why the official music video for The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal) is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

This Metal spirited music video also features the beautiful and talented Pamela Moore (shared lead and vocal harmonies) and Tesla’s Dave Rude on guitar! A grand song of Metal unification among our community this is! Metal be thy name! – Stone

 Turn The Volume Onto HIGH And Enjoy The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal) Official Music Video! Whoa!

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* For more info on RONNY MUNROE:

Facebook: Ronny Munroe

Website: http://www.ronnymunroe.com

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LONG LIVE RONNY MUNROE.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE “ELECTRIC WAKE” THE NEW SOLO CD FROM METAL CHURCH SINGER RONNY MUNROE!

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal bands, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 16, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake is by far his best work to date! Produced by Bruce Bouillet and mixed by Jon Wyman, this 3rd offering from the Metal Church front man truly captures all the magic of the classic metal genre! “I wanted to create something that was totally new, but at the same time allow all my influences to shine through” states Ronny on the recording of the CD. “I put two years into the writing process of this album, but when it came time to start recording, I threw everything out the window and just went with my gut and it worked out better than I could have imagined” Ronny further states.

Electric Wake also features collaborations with guitar legend George Lynch, Tesla guitarist Dave Rude, Pamela Moore (Queensryche’s “Sister Mary”), Paul Kleff (ex Firewolfe), Dan Donigian, Sean Baker and Tony Rossi. Ronny Munroe’s Electric Wake delivers a healthy dose of fist-pumping, guitar-driven, well-conceived classic style Heavy Metal music and is a must-have for all fans of the genre! Three videos have been shot for this release, “United”, “Pray” and “The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal)” which features a duet with Pamela Moore, and Tesla’s Dave Rude on guitar which will debut in the coming weeks. Official release date is set for Tuesday June 24, 2014. Click HERE to pre-order now!

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TRACK LISTING:

Burning Time
Ghosts (Featuring George Lynch)
Electric Wake
Turn To Stone
My Shadow
Not You Not Me
Pray
Ritual Damage
Sleepless Mountain
The Others (Long Live Heavy Metal) featuring: Pamela Moore and Dave Rude (Tesla)
United

BONUS TRACKS (deluxe version)
Tainted Nation
Total Eclipse (Iron Maiden cover)

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(Source: Rat Pak Records)

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LONG LIVE RONNY MUNROE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

METAL CHURCH News: Rat Pak Records Launching Grab-Bag Giveaway Items From Random Pre-Orders Of “Generation Nothing” On October 8th!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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METAL CHURCH – As reported by Rat Pak Records: Next Tuesday [October 8th] we will randomly draw the names from the list of those who pre-ordered the new Metal Church CD Generation Nothing from us and start sending out the cool grab bag items! Items include:

Metal Church “Generation Nothing” embroidered leather jacket , Skateboard, MC pendant bracelet, The Dark on Vinyl (vintage,) Hand written lyric sheets, 18 x 24 wall tapestry, One-of-a-kind Metal Church Fan bundle – Personal “Thank-You” call from Ronny Munroe and limited print Metal Church road crew shirts.

Pre-order your copy of Metal Church “Generation Nothing” today! 

www.RatPakRecords.com/MetalChurch

The title track (click below) from the new METAL CHURCH album “GENERATION NOTHING”

 https://soundcloud.com/rat-pak-records/generation-nothing

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Official release date for “Generation Nothing” is scheduled for October 22nd, 2013.

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GENERATION NOTHING – Track Listing:

Bullet Proof

Dead City

Generation Nothing

Noises In The Wall

Jump The Gun

Suiciety

Scream

Hits Keep Comin’

Close To The Bone

The Media Horse

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METAL CHURCH:

Kurdt Vanderhoof – guitar

Ronny Munroe – vocals

Jeff Plate – drums

Rick Van Zandt – guitar

Steve Unger – bass

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* For More Info On METAL CHURCH:

Facebook: Metal Church – Official

http://www.metalchurchmusic.com

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Facebook: Rat Pak Records

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LONG LIVE METAL CHURCH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

Ronny Munroe “The Fire Within” – Metal Church vocalist roars on solo debut

Posted in Album Review, Century Media, century media records, classic metal, cover songs, current heavy metal albums, current heavy metal music, dio, essential heavy metal albums, Guitar, guitar solos, Heavy Metal, heavy metal album covers, heavy metal album review, heavy metal albums, heavy metal guitarists, heavy metal music, heavy metal music 2009, Heavy Metal Reviews, heavy metal solo albums, heavy metal solo artists, heavy metal vocalists, Metal, Metal Church, metal music, metal music today, Metal Reviews, Music, new heavy metal album, old school heavy metal, rainbow heavy metal band, ronnie james dio, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

30649First of all, I am a fan of Ronny Munroe, the current lead vocalist for Metal Church. I just happen to gravitate towards the Old School Metal sound, both vocally and musically. Ronny Munroe in my Metal opinion, has the unmistakable Old School Heavy Metal vocals… and in no way do I subscribe to the opinion that this sound is dated. This brand of Old School Heavy Metal has been proven successful for decades now. For me, it is another Metal genre that lives on. With that said, I have obtained a copy of the new Ronny Munroe debut CD… The Fire Within, (released 2009), I am impressed by the total package of music here. This is Heavy Metal made the old school way, no frills, bells or whistles get in the way of the straight ahead approach that Ronny Munroe has taken on with “The Fire Within”. Honestly, Ronny Munroe comes with his Metal Church – front man credentials… he delivers a mightily solid twelve tunes alongside some talented friends. Rick Van Zandt of Metal Church, plays lead and rhythm guitars superbly throughout, with Michael Wilton of Queensryche delivering a solo on two tracks I will mention.

“Across The Sea Of Souls” is the song I feel Ronny Munroe is at his finest, his vocals sound sharp, as if he has been singing this song his entire life. The Michael Wilton solo on this song is cool, I cannot ignore or resist his guitar talent. “Ivory Towers” and “Evil Genius” are tracks that showcase moments of the higher extreme of Ronny’s vocal range, (yes, think of Rob Halford), these songs are groove laden with images of 1980’s Arena Metal concerts in my mind! “Ride Me” is a Metal-macho tune that rocks heavy, the lyrics are tailor made for a Hair Metal band… Ronny makes this song work, Randy Cooper kicks in with a lean & mean solo, a Heavy Metal tune with plenty of swagger. “What You Choose To Call Hell (I Call Home)” comes across to me, as the signature track for Ronny on this album. It is dark, heavy, moody and effectively bridges the gap between Metal Church and Ronny Munroe’s solo career. Michael Wilton appears again here, providing another memorable solo.

After listening to “The Fire Within”, it is my Metal opinion, that Ronny Munroe places Old School Heavy Metal high on a pedestal. I hear while listening to this album, the influences of Judas Priest, Dio and Dio era Rainbow. My opinion could not be better solidified, after listening to “Man On The Silver Mountain” (a vintage Rainbow song), covered by Ronny Munroe. This being the last track, it fittingly closes out a fine Heavy Metal album of creative tunes. Ronny does a terrific cover of this song, I really enjoy this version a whole bunch. This cover version found here, is a fine tribute to an everlasting, Heavy Metal classic of a song. Ronny’s vocals at times, do have comparisons to the legendary Ronnie James Dio, especially on this classic Rainbow cover. I will say, my favorite will always be the original “Man On The Silver Mountain” as sung by Dio himself. In summary, “The Fire Within” will be an album that I will tune in to on a regular basis, it is what I like. I was looking forward to this solo album from Ronny, I have not been disappointed. I recommend Ronny Munroe’s debut solo effort to any fan of Old School Heavy Metal, 1980’s Heavy Metal, Rainbow and of course, Metal Church. New fans should just dive in… this brand of Metal needs to be passed on!

Upon searching for “The Fire Within”, I did locate this CD on the worlds greatest online record store… Century Media Records… aka… CM Distro.com. (I highly recommend CM Distro.com). “The Fire Within” is on an independent record label called Ratpak Records. *Not to leave out the cool musicianship of the following on this album: Izzy Rehaume on bass guitar, Rick Pierce on rhythm guitar, Johnny Ringo and David Van Zandt on drums.

Ronny Munroe "The Fire Within"

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