Hard rock titans Metal Church return with their latest album XI, scheduled for a worldwide (ex North America, South America and Japan) release on March 25th via Nuclear Blast 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 three albums they 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.
Guitarist and founding member Kurdt Vanderhoof:
Sometimes I still can’t believe it myself, no one would have ever thought Mike would return after his departure almost two decades ago.
Returning vocalist Mike 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 have also released an official music video for the debut single from XI, “No Tomorrow” which you can watch on YouTube or by scrolling down. It 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.
XI was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris ‘The Wizard’ Collier.