Metal Church's excellent debut had impressed critics and fans alike with its ferocious blend of classic metal and thrash. But by the time they released its follow-up, 1986's The Dark, the band seemed to be struggling with their direction and wrestling with internal problems. The fact that they were collectively one of the most unattractive bands ever (even by heavy metal standards) didn't help matters either, especially in image-conscious America, so it was no surprise when the band's appeal remained firmly confined to the metal underground. Which is too bad, since The Dark contained some of the group's best material, including the brutal intensity of "Start the Fire" and "Method to Your Madness," as well as what was probably their best-known song, the astoundingly heavy epic "Watch the Children Play." Extensive touring with Elektra labelmates Metallica had also motivated the band to develop their thrashier inclinations, resulting in vicious moshers like "Ton of Bricks" and "Over My Dead Body."
|Label:||Elektra / Wea|
Performance CreditsMetal Church Primary Artist,Group
David Wayne Vocals
Kirk Arrington Percussion,Drums
Duke Erickson Bass
Kurdt Vanderhoof Guitar
Craig Wells Guitar
Technical CreditsMetal Church Arranger
Terry Date Engineer
Mark Dodson Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Kurdt Vanderhoof Artwork
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Don Brautigam Illustrations,Drawing
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The Dark based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Up there with Metallica's "Master of Puppets" and Megadeth's "Peace Sells", Metal Church's second album "The Dark" is precious metal to keep indeed. Still one of my all-time favorite metal albums after 17 years of listening to it: I've never gotten sick of it. Despite one lyrical blemish in "Start the Fire", the lyrics are great and the music impeccable: very unique guitar work and even more impressive drum work. The recording is much better quality than their first self-titled album and there's greater musical unity among the musicians: very tight music comes out as the final product.