Metal Church – Generation Nothing (2013)

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In the spring of 2013, I heard some great news, Kurt Vanderhoof had reunited Metal Church and they were making a new album! I was stoked, dusted off the old gems and rediscovered how much I love their first five albums. But as summer came and went, and fall came lurking around the corner, no updates or news about Metal Church reached me, I kind of just forgot about it.

Several months after it’s released somebody asked what I thought about Generation Nothing, and I hadn’t heard it, so I rushed to my computer and changed that.

The opener, Bullet Proof, is powerful, fast and heavy. With a hint of 80’s Metal Church sound and style, the main riff is like right out of debut, with the proper thrash-chugg. Munroes voice and vocal delivery works great for this song.

Dead City has a great main riff, reminiscent of Down to the River from the Hanging in the Balance album. Again with great vocals and for some reason I’m really into the drums on this song, I’m pounding my airdrums to pieces when listening to this song.

The title track does nothing for me, and Jump the Gun is too long. The last minute and a half is redundant and unnecessary.  On the other hand the nine minute epic, Noises in the Wall, just flies by. This song seems to be quite inspired by justice-era Metallica, which is not a bad record to be inspired by. It’s inventive, with good melodies and riffs that carries you through the nine minutes, almost without noticing the vocals.

Suiciety has a powerful singalong chorus, but is otherwise quite bland. Hits Keep Coming has a similar problem, but boring lyrics makes this a song I’m going to skip in future.

Scream was another one of those tunes that couldn’t be made by any other band and has all the trademarks of Mr. Vanderhoofs songwriting, and sounds great. The weakest song on the album is the unimaginative closer, Media Horse.

The cover continues Metal Church’s proud tradition of boring cover art, and reminds me of Enuff Znuff for some reason.

In conclusion, Metal Church is back in their thrashier pants, and has left the flirting with European power metal behind, thankfully. The overall sound of the album is similar to Death Magnetic, especially the guitar sound. Overall I think this is a halfway record, they are on their way back, but not there yet.

Recommended downloads: Bullet Proof, Noises in the Wall, Dead City and Scream

Final Rating: 3,5/5

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