Metal Church is an American heavy metal band from Seattle. They formed as Shrapnel in 1981, their legendary first album was released in 1984, and the band's most recent work, A Light in the Dark was released in 2006. Metal Church was formed when the Thrash/Speed Metal Genre was still evolving and is one of the few rock bands to come out of Seattle that does not belong to the Grunge movement or genre. Most of their early work had a special trademark that resembled many of the European Black and Death Metal bands of the 1980s. The songs in their most successful albums, the self-titled Metal Church and The Dark, proved to be thoroughly-worked albums. David Wayne's vocals resembled those of the growls used by the European black metal bands but in a very high pitched tone. The lyrics from the album The Dark talk about death, assassination, and fears. Metal Church is still a working band; they are working with their third vocalist.
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