In 2014 founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof convinced Mike to rejoin METAL CHURCH. “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 Mike.
Mike Howe originally joined METAL CHURCH in the late 80’s and released three albums with the band: »The Human Factor«, »Blessing In Disguise« and »Hanging in the Balance«. Mike was also the face of group’s popular music videos 'Date With Poverty' and 'Badlands' that aired during MTV’s heyday.
“Mike’s voice sounds the same as it did 2 decades ago when we were writing »The Human Factor” and the band is about as tight as you can possibly get!” says Kurdt.
Recorded in the spring & summer of 2015 at Kurdt’s studio in Aberdeen, Washington, and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier, METAL CHURCH »XI« not only combines all the same musical elements that made the Mike Howe era albums so great, but also adds in a modern approach to the recording process which takes this offering to the next level!
01. Reset 02. Killing Your Time 03. No Tomorrow 04. Signal Path 05. Sky Falls In 06. Needle & Suture 07. Shadow 08. Blow Your Mind 09. Soul Eating Machine 10. It Waits 11. Suffer Fools
Bonus: 12. Fan The Fire
Mike Howe | vocals Kurdt Vanderhoof | guitars Rick Van Zandt | guitars Jeff Plate | drums Steve Unger | bass