Hard rock titans METAL CHURCH have announced the track listing and unveiled the cover for their latest album “XI”, slated for release on March 25th via Nuclear Blast Records. The band’s 11th studio release also marks the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe.
The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles here. “XI” was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris “The Wizard” Collier.
From the first guitar riff of album opener ‘Reset’ through the driving outro of album closer ‘Suffer Fools,’ it is clear METAL CHURCH are back and better than ever. ‘Needle and Suture’ and ‘Soul Eating Machine’ showcase the songwriting that made the early Mike Howe albums “The Human Factor,” “Blessing In Disguise” and “Hanging In The Balance” such fan favorites. Musical opuses ‘Signal Path’ and ‘Sky Falls In’ clock in at over 7-minutes each and put the musicianship that METAL CHURCH was known for on full display in 2016.
The track listing for “XI” is:
02. Killing Your Time
03. No Tomorrow
04. Signal Path
05. Sky Falls In
06. Needle & Suture
08. Blow Your Mind
09. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools
12. Fan The Fire (Exclusive Bonus Track)
METAL CHURCH recently released an official music video for the debut single from “XI”, ‘No Tomorrow.’ The video can be seen below:
The video was filmed in the Satsop Nuclear Facility, an abandoned nuclear power plant in Elma, Washington. The video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films and features a unique visual that ties in to the location. A behind-the-scenes video on the making of the video for ‘No Tomorrow’ was also recently released and can be seen here:
‘Badlands’  with Mike Howe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0h9m6eMC_M
METAL CHURCH live 2016:
19.02. USA Aberdeen, WA – The D&R Theatre
04. – 06.08. D Wacken – Wacken Open Air