Heavy metal titans Metal Church recently announced a string of European tour dates for this summer, which includes UK and Irish dates.
They will be touring in celebration of latest studio album ‘XI’, which was released last year via Nuclear Blast. Australian metallers MESHIAAK have been announced as support act on this trek.
Masterful METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said regarding the tour:
“The METAL CHURCH fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for heavy metal music is second to none!”MESHIAAK added:
“We are extremely excited to be making our debut tour through Europe with the mighty METAL CHURCH. We couldn’t be happier about starting our journey in Europe and we can’t wait to finally play our new songs live.”
The UK/Ireland part of the tour kicks off at legendary London venue the Camden Underworld on 20th June, taking the five piece to Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin, before finishing at Thekla, Bristol on 24th June.
Metal Church’s latest album and 11th studio release ‘XI’ was released in March 2016, and it marked the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe!
‘XI’ was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris ‘The Wizard’ Collier.
“The best Church service in some 25 years… this is Metal Church up and at ‘em – just the way we like our metal”
“It’s not too late to convert to the scriptures of Metal Church”
“Metal veterans turn up the dial on their 11th studio album.”
“An abundance of great tracks like ‘Needle And Structure’, ‘Blow Your Mind’ and ‘Suffer Fools’… cement ‘XI’s status as a classy steamroller”
The reunion between Mike Howe 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 favourites in the 80‘s and mixes it with a new, invigorated sound for 2016.