- 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)
Hanging in the Balance
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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.
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
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.
Waiting for a Saviour
Down to the River
Lovers and Madmen and
A Subtle War
Most Recent Customer Reviews
in the vein of Human Factor. New album with the return of Mike Howe on vocals due out 3-25. Now that's HUGE!Published 1 month ago by P ski
Awesome. Simply Awesome. No Friend of Mine and Gods of of Second Chance make me wanna drive my Ferrari 190+ MPH.Published 3 months ago by HIO Silver
I actually really like it. The album art is awful. I wish they would have chose something else. It's not as good as The dark or Metal church, or even blessing in disguise but it's... Read morePublished 13 months ago by edward riddick
After coming off two albums of recent achievement this token never made it's way to the ears it should have reached. Twenty years later I discovered it and was digging it. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by NigelY75
The disc was in good shape, no scratches BUT the case was cracked and broken so I had to get a new case for it !!Published on July 30, 2013 by tony
It's a good heavy metal album but not the Metal Church we used to listen. It's not like the first two albums. The first one was a masterpiece.Published on October 30, 2012 by VICK
I just want to throw Metal Church a bone on this one. I'm a big fan of the Mike Howe era Metal Church and this might be my overall favorite. Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by chewbaccabobraba
metal church have been one of my favorite bands since their inception. they have always come up with great controvertial albums. Read morePublished on July 13, 2010 by METAL MANIAC
This album is different than Metal Church albums before it, but then again, every album is a drastic change from the one before it. Read morePublished on August 24, 2009 by Brandon Thomas