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Metal Church - "Conductor" (2020 Redux)

I'm your conductor, welcome to the station
Always got an empty seat, no need for reservation
There's no need to hesitate, come and step inside
Take a chance, climb aboard, come enjoy the ride

Here we have the secrets, here we have the answers
All forgotten heroes, lost and crippled dancers
Come and take my hand child, step onto the stage
Dreams that can unlock your mind, like keys unlock a cage

Step into the lamp child, 'neath the engine's gaze
If you never quite belonged, this train it welcomes strays, for they return
Look into my eyes and see they burn
Take a look at history and learn
All the lessons that the years have earned
Still they return

I'm your conductor, what's your destination?
There's no need for baggage here, so leave it at the station
Tell me what you want child, tell me if you see
Beckoning in the dark, immortality

Yesterday's a dream now, nearly an illusion
tomorrow's just a fantasy that's bordering delusion
All the days you've yet to live are rushing towards the past
Curtain's up, climb aboard, through the looking glass

Step into the lamp child, 'neath the engine's gaze
If you never quite belonged, this train it welcomes strays for they return
Look into my eyes and see they burn
Take a look at history and learn
All the lessons that the years have earned
Still they return


Την πρώτη τους συλλογή θα κυκλοφορήσουν σε λίγες ημέρες οι Metal Church. Φέρει τον τίτλο "From the Vault" και περιλαμβάνει τέσσερα νέα τραγούδια της Αμερικάνικης μπάντας, πέντε μουσικά κομμάτια που "περίσσεψαν" από τον τελευταίο τους δίσκο "Damned If You Do", τρεις διασκευές (σε Nazareth, Sugarloaf, Ram Jam) και δύο "ζωντανά" ηχογραφημένα στην Ιαπωνία.

Οι Metal Church δημιουργήθηκαν το 1980 στο San Francisco από τον Kurdt Vanderhoof. Φημολογείται πως ένα από τα τότε μέλη (το 1981) ήταν και ο drummer των Metallica, Lars Ulrich. Μετά το demo "Red Skies" η μπάντα διαλύεται και ο Kurdt επιστρέφει στην γενέτειρά του σχηματίζοντας τους Shrapnel. Το 1983 τους μετονόμασε σε Metal Church και... το τραίνο μπήκε στις ράγες.

Το συγκρότημα παραμένει ενεργό μέχρι τις ημέρες μας (με αρκετά διαλείμματα). Οι Metal Church έχουν κυκλοφορήσει δώδεκα full length δίσκους, τρία live albums, δώδεκα singles και εννέα demos. Αξίζει να σημειωθεί πως σήμερα κυκλοφορεί το Boxed set "The Elektra Years 1984-1989", το οποίο περιλαμβάνει τα τρία πρώτα albums της Αμερικάνικης μπάντας...

Βιογραφικό: «Metal Church is an American heavy metal band. They originally formed in San Francisco, California in 1980 before relocating to Aberdeen, Washington the following year and briefly using the name Shrapnel. Their eponymous debut album was released in 1984.

Metal Church is credited as a formative influence on the thrash / metal subgenre, melding the aesthetics of the new wave of British heavy metal and American hard rock. Early lyrical topics, such as conflict and paranoia, later expanded into philosophical and social commentary.»

Band: Metal Church
Country of origin: United States
Location: San Francisco, California (early), Aberdeen, Washington (later)
Formed in: 1980
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Society, Inner struggles, Metal, Death, Politics, Religion
Years active: 1980-81, 1981-83 (as Shrapnel), 1983-95, 1998-2009, 2012-present

Το τραγούδι των Metal Church "Conductor" από το album "From the Vault"
Audio: "Conductor"
Album: "From the Vault"
Type: Compilation
Release date: April 10th, 2020
Label: Rat Pak Records
Format: CD, 12" vinyl, Cassette, Digital

Track listing:
01. Dead on the Vine
02. For No Reason
03. Conductor (redux)
04. Above the Madness
05. Mind Thief
06. Tell Lie Vision
07. False Flag
08. Insta Mental
09. 432hz
10. Please Don't Judas Me (Nazareth cover)
11. Green Eyed Lady (Sugarloaf cover)
12. Black Betty (Ram Jam cover)
13. Agent Green (Live in Japan)
14. Anthem to the Estranged (Live in Japan)

Band members:
Kurdt Vanderhoof - Guitars
Mike Howe - Vocals
Steve Unger - Bass
Rick van Zandt - Guitars
Stet Howland - Drums


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