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Hanging in the Balance

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gods Of Second Chance
  2. Losers In The Game
  3. Hypnotized
  4. No Friend Of Mine
  5. Waiting For A Savior
  6. Conductor
  7. Little Boy
  8. Down To The River
  9. End Of The Age
  10. Lovers And Madmen
  11. A Subtle War


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 8, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blackheart / Pgd
  • ASIN: B000001L6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Wow, nostalgia!! I miss the bay area thrash movement so bad. I have been a Metal Church fan from their beginnings. They have consistently put out good albums, and this one is no exception. Actually, I remember when I first picked this up in say, 94' or so. I listened to it one time, and then shelved it. What a mistake. I could have enjoyed it earlier than I did. The thing is, I popped it in, expecting to hear "Blessing....." or "Human Factor" and this just 'aint it. I got it back out a year later, due to the lack of any real, modern music coming out, and gave it another spin, and a few more listens. I'm glad I did. This is good in it's own way, just different. Really, the more you hear it, the more you become addicted to it. Just good, old fashioned, no frills, metal. Well worth the bucks.
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On this album Metal Church did something almost impossible. They made an album equal to their debut and "Blessing In Disguise". This album was easily their most varied and revealed a new and powerful side to the band.

The album opens with "Gods of Second Chance" and features a guitar solo from fellow Seattle rocker and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. From there it just gets stronger. "Hypnotized" is an intense song about a vampire highlighted by Mike Howe's incredible vocal effort on this song. The strongest and most powerful tune is "Waiting For A Savior" vividly revealing the ultimate fate of all humankind: old age.

The opening bass intro for "Little Boy" sets the stage for a political commentary on the overused topic of war but is a powerful tune nonetheless. The album concludes with "Subtle War" which features an awesome harmonized riff for the intro and chorus. The most surprising track is "End Of The Age" a great mix of acoustic and electric guitar complemented by sing-along verses and chorus. This song alone makes the album worth while.

While a bit different from older Metal Church material this album makes a statement for the band's musicianship and should be purchased at your earliest convenience.
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What a great record! This is the last album with the powerful voice of Mike Howe. It's a little slower and mid paced comparing it with Human Factor, but still crunchy, and loaded with excellent songs. Actually, this record is tremendously addictive. It's hard for me to stop listening to it, yes, is that good. To me this is the last great Metal Church album. Lets see...Masterpiece, The Weight of the World, A Light In The Dark, This Present Wasteland and Generation Nothing are not precisely bad, but lacks something, i don't know how to said it, Ronnie Munroe's voice is really good and nails perfectly the old material, the band playing was good too, but the chemistry in the albums i mentioned is simply not there, ok, some songs are really good but others and most of them are forgettable. Mike Howe is the voice of METAL CHURCH and i hope the guys can get him back because the world needs METAL CHURCH.

So in this album we have Gods of second chance, Losers in the game, Not friend of mine, Waiting for a savior, are mandatory to hear, the rest of the album is memorable as well.

To sum it up, this is 5 stars to me. Out of print i think, so i you see it grab it, it will grab you too
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This is easily the worst album Metal Church released at this point in their career. The first thing you notice is the demo quality of the sound, very unpolished and mediocre recording quality. Second you'll wonder is this Metal Church or did Mike Howe hire a 3-piece hard rock band. Even Mike Howe doesn't sound inspired on this record, but wow the guitars are so weak and gutless. While Metal Church have never been among the more aggressive thrash bands the drumming is slower and more subdued then ever. Simply put this album was mailed in and lacks the edge and dynamic's of The Human Factor and Blessing in Disguise. Strangely song 9 is a ballad and then flows into song 10 an instrumental. I don't know who issued this album in the USA if it even had a proper release. I just found this through a Japanese import, which includes a bonus 12th song.
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Great album! Grunge made every metal band change up their style and get a little creative. I love all of the different sound elements of this record. Also check out Overkill: I Hear Black and Def Leppard: Slang.
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Many people claim that Metal Church isn't as good when they have a different vocalist to David Wayne (vocalist on first two albums 'Metal Church' and 'The Dark'). I definitely agree with this, but what I don't agree with is the same people saying that Metal Church suck without David Wayne.

This isn't true at all. 'Hanging in the balance' is the only Metal Church album I have without David Wayne as the vocalist (I'm English, so I have to order up in HMV or Virgin and wait about 6 months before actually getting the Metal Church album I'm after). 'Hanging in the Balance' and 'Metal Church Live' were in a double-disk package that was actually in the shop so I took advantage of the situation and bought the package.

So anyway, 'H.I.T.B' offers melodic rhythms from songs like 'Waiting for a Saviour', 'End of the Age' and 'Lovers and Madmen'.

Songs like 'Conducter', 'Down to the River' and 'Little Boy' pack lots of heaviness and even 80s thrash material.

If you're a fan of the first two Metal Church albums don't give it a miss just because it has Mike Howe instead of David Wayne.

Sure, it isn't as good as 'Metal Church' or 'The Dark' but it is a great album.

Recommended songs:

Hypnotise

Waiting for a Saviour

Little Boy

Down to the River

Lovers and Madmen and

A Subtle War
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