Among the 1980s Bay Area thrashers, Metal Church never really got the respect or recognition that the other thrash bands from that time and place enjoyed–the true pillars of thrash metal like Testament, Anthrax, and of course Metallica. But Metal Church was right there with them from the beginning, even predating Metallica. Kurdt Vanderhoof founded the band in 1980, a year before Metallica got together, and their Four Hymns demo, which put them on the map so to speak, came out in 1983, the same year Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All debuted. So how come Metal Church didn’t get as big as Metallica or some of the others? Beats the hell out of me!
Metal Church always had some very classy songs and a hard-hitting pure thrash style. This song, “Badlands,” was featured on the band’s 1989 album Blessing In Disguise. This was one of the earliest thrash metal albums I owned–I had it on cassette tape in the 80s. I bought it because one of the songs on it is a concept song about the Titanic disaster, which interested me heavily at that time (this was years before the James Cameron movie came out). But the whole album is solid, and this song is a great example of it.
Thanks to Michael Carter on Twitter for suggesting this. Hope you have a great Friday, great weekend and Shabbat Shalom! \m/