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Metal Church @ Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany (6/12/2017)

Artist: Metal Church in Germany
Venue: Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Opener: n/a
Date: 6/12/2017
Label: Rat Pak Records

Three subways, a regional train from Hessen to Bavaria, one taxi, and ½ mile of walking, and I finally made it to Aschaffenburg, Bavaria. An intimidating trip to take alone as a stranger in a strange land, but well worth the trek.

Backwoods Germany is a strange place to see the very American Thrash legends Metal Church, but it was probably one of the most packed shows. Another group with the energy of fully functional teenagers. Mike Howe is back on lead vocals and has the same range that made his early albums with Metal Church classics. The other change in lineups since the last album/tour cycle didn’t slow the guys down as Stet Howland killed on drums and will, hopefully, be a permanent addition. Those only now following the bands activity should know that Howeland replaced Jeff Plate (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) a few short months ago.

“Fake Healer” was an easy choice to get the crowd going and despite the remote location, this was a fair size audience for Church to hold Metal services. I was honestly shocked at how many enthusiastic fans came out to see them. At the end note of every song, the audience was screaming for “Metal Church” until the band relented and played their next hit. Seismic activity could probably be read as far away as London.
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Alter Bridge Announces Spring Headlining Tour

I’ve been at the American International Toy Fair for 2017 for the past few days but that is not going to keep the Rock and Roll reporting at bay all that much. I just need to keep the notations around any press on the quick side since I am swamped taking notes and photographs about the convention. That said, here is the latest skinny about the band Alter Bridge who will be doing some more tour dates in the Spring. Take a look.

The Press Release:
(New York, NY – February 21, 2017) – Hot on the heels of their most successful headline tour of North America, Alter Bridge are announcing the next leg of The Last Hero Tour in the United States hitting the road this Spring. The headline dates will be scattered among the numerous festival dates that Alter Bridge is already confirmed for including WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Monster Energy Fort Rock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range. The headline tour will kick off in Fort Lauderdale, FL and make stops in Sayreville, NJ; Providence, RI; Baltimore, MD; Stroudsburg, PA; Sault Sainte Marie, MI; and Milwaukee, WI. In Flames and Metal Church will be joining Alter Bridge on select dates of the tour. Fans can head over to https://www.alterbridge.com/tour for more information on each date including public onsale information and exclusive VIP experiences including meet & greet and guitar lesson opportunities.
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“XI” by Metal Church

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The latest release from the mighty Metal Church is entitled “XI” and features the return of vocalist Mike Howe. This album comes care of Rat Pak Records.

The Return Of Metal Church with Mike Howe Tour Dates

In keeping up with my getting a bunch of tours out to your viewing screen I have a feeling this one will go over well. Fans of the Metal Church will be pleased as all get out at the news that singer Mike Howe has returned to the lineup and compounded that coolness with news about a new tour. Check out the poster below and then I’ll chime back in.

Tour - Metal Church - 2016

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Apologies for not having the full rundown lines out in the text side of this post but the poster is pretty clear and shall have to suffice for you. Now, truth be told I never really followed Metal Church back in the heyday so many years ago but I found myself getting a little more into them once I started discussing their works here on the website. Then I caught them in concert and just love what guitarist Vanderhoof does and Mr. Jeff Plate from Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Newer fans should be aware that this is a band that delivers pure and unadulterated Heavy Metal music and since they have Mike Howe back on the vocals this should be a treat for all in attendance. What do you think of this tour and will you go? Let me know in the comments section.

Official Website: http://www.metalchurchofficial.com