Metal Church have unreleased songs from singer David Wayne’s era but unable to release them
Metal Church founder and lead guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay for Canada’s The Metal Voice to promote the band’s latest album From The Vault, which will be available via Rat Pak Records on April 10, 2020.
In terms of the new upcoming album, Vanderhoof indicated (with slight edits): “It’s not officially a new album. It has some new stuff. It’s from the vault literally. That’s all it is. It’s leftover songs that we had that did not fit at the time or songs that we never completely finished and we don’t know why that I found in the archives. Since we are not doing any touring until an actually official new album comes out, we figured we might as well use this stuff.”
With respect to the two new songs “Dead On A Vine” and “For No Reason”, Vanderhoof stated: “They were two tracks we did not finish from the last record [Damned If You Do] and I don’t know why we never finished them. I like to write a pile of songs more than we need for a new record just to fill in any gaps and make sure there is no filler on an album. So I guess that is what happened with these they were unused. However the “B” side songs on this album were finished tracks but we didn’t put them on the record cause maybe they didn’t fit at the time.”
Metal Church have had a number of singers during their long history consisting of William McKay (1980), Ed Bull (1980), Mike Murphy (1981), David Wayne (1981-1988 and 1998-2001), Ronny Monroe (2004-2009 and 2012-2014) and Mike Howe (1988-1996 and 2015 to present). Wayne handled the lead vocals on the albums Metal Church (1984), The Dark (1986) and Masterpeace (1999), and passed away in 2005 from complications stemming from injuries in a car crash.
In regard to whether there is any unreleased Metal Church material from the David Wayne era, Vanderhoof advised: “There is some and I have some but they are under major label ’80s corporate contract locked down so that I can’t really do anything with.”
You can read other excerpts from the interview with Kurdt Vanderhoof at The Metal Voice‘s website and/or listen to the interview below:
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