This Present Wasteland

September 19, 2008 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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  • Original Release Date: September 19, 2008
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Steamhammer
  • Total Length: 57:21
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  • ASIN: B001ESLVW8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,409 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Vocals are steller with screams that will haunt you.
Christopher A. Pelissier
Great solid album from an awesome metal band, lets hope we have not seen the doors closed to the Metal Church forever.
Deimos
A bit Yes, which is a good thing, and a bit No, which is a great thing.
Mike

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike on October 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
You've got to give them credit where credit is due. Sure, just Kurdt Vanderhoof is the lone remaining original member, but Metal Church is still a real band, not just Vanderhoof and a bunch of studio "rented" musicians. Hell, this is singer Ronnie Munroe's 3rd album. As you know, not many bands from the early 80's are still around playing, let alone releasing new material every other year.
The music itself you ask? If you are a fan of Metal Church, then you'll enjoy this disc. Is the music just a carbon copy of previous releases? A bit Yes, which is a good thing, and a bit No, which is a great thing. This Present Wasteland is far better than their last effort called A Light in the Dark (which was still good stuff). Kurdt and the boys decided to turn it up a notch or two on the heaviness, distortion, and overall "metal" sound. There are some killer riffs, solos, memorable choruses, heavy drums, and outstanding singing on ALL tracks! Easily the BEST Monroe has done with Metal Church. Also, the songs themselves are well written lyrically and musically. You can tell they took a bit more time in the studio with this one....no filler whatsoever. On many songs, you get that classic "Metal Church" intro sound (before the heavy riff comes in) that could be right out of their S/T album 25+ years ago.
In my mind, this band will always have the title of "Most Underated Metal Band". They'll get no airplay or recognition by any magazines, but any real metal fan knows this doesn't matter, and only makes it better. Metal Church once again delivers. Pick this one up and keep giving them your support. I hope they keep it going for many more years.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brent E. Johnson on September 26, 2008
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With the turnover this band has had over the years it has now become Vanderhoof's baby and whoever it seems he can recruit to play on it. This is the third album with Ronny Munroe singing, Jeff Plate returns on drums with Steve Unger on bass and adding Rick Van Zant on second guitar. This is straight ahead power metal with some thrash touches without any symphonics like so much European power metal. Somehow they manage to make very consistent albums which tells me Vanderhoof knows what he wants and how to get it out of the band. Many decry Ronnie's vocals not being Waynes or Howes but they should be measured on their own right and they fit very well. Listen to albums by all three and the music is right for each one. With new releases by Metallica and Testament getting the attention in thrash circle it's hoped this doesn't get overlooked as it's a quality slab of American heavy metal. The artwork is all done by fans which is a nice touch and there are actually some pictures inside that I think would have been better covers. Good stuff.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris Lund on October 22, 2008
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My quick thoughts are this - it's a good offering of new Metal Church, but other than a few songs (In the company of sorrow, monster and war never won), it's kind of lacking. Nothing jumps out at you or says "yes, this is awesome."
I'm sure I will listen to this CD from time to time, but in reality....there isn't anything to make someone come back to it. No killer riffs, catchy choruses, etc...
I will say, the cover (done by a fan), is awesome!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deimos on August 13, 2009
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After this album was released Metal Church called it quits due to poor album sales and poor concert ticket sales. How the hell does that happen, this band is heavier and true to the classic thrash than Metallica but they get ignored, it's truly sad, this album needed more advertising and it would have been big in the metal community. Great solid album from an awesome metal band, lets hope we have not seen the doors closed to the Metal Church forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Pelissier on July 27, 2009
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This is the most underated CD of this Century.

there are 3 songs here I don't consider great.
that being said. the other 7 make it one of this century's finest straight ahead metal. Vocals are steller with screams that will haunt you. Plenty of good music/singing/drumming on those and the other 3 songs. It won't go far from your rotation. That's a guarantee!!! I liken it, not so much in style, by way of comparison, but in greatness with Metallica's and AC/DC's '08 releases (Death Magnetic and Black Ice). 5 Stars. Must have! Now, a DVD concert!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Thomas on March 18, 2012
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I'm a fan of Metal Church, but the last 3 albums are a much different sound. The riffs are usually slower and the songs just sound long and drawn out. I think "Masterpeace" is a great album even though David Wayne stole the vocal melody from "Hole In The Sky" for "Falldown". At least that album sounds like an evolution of the first two albums. "This Present Wasteland" has some good and kinda thrashy riffs. It's not a bad album, it's just not exciting. I don't think it's Ronny Munroe's fault, I think Kurdt Vanderhoof was into a different style of metal when he decided to reform Metal Church for the Munroe era. I think it's weird that most reviews I look at, no matter what the album is, most of the feedback is over the top positive.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Reid on November 3, 2008
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This album simply rocks. Every song is solid, with no throwaways. The title track leads off and is probably the strongest song. By far their best effort since Ronny Munro has taken over the vocals. Wish they were able to tour right away, but Kurt Vanderhoof's back is acting up, so their tour is on hold for six months.

If you are a Metal Church fan, you will love this. Do not hesitate to buy it. Well worth the $$$$.
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