Reunited thrash metal veterans Metal Church recently announced the return of vocalist Mike Howe and now we have information on the upcoming album, XI, as well as a new music video for “No Tomorrow” from the album slated for a worldwide (except North and South America and Japan) release on March 25, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. The video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin and filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. Check out the video for “No Tomorrow” below. It sounds almost like Howe never left.
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 The Human Factor, Blessing in Disguise and Hanging in the Balance. Out of those sessions, XI was born.
“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 returning vocalist Mike Howe.
The new record was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.
Nuclear Blast Europe has teamed up with Rat Pak Records through a worldwide licensing agreement for distribution of XI in all territories outside of North America, South America and Japan.