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MC TOUR 2016_WEB FLYER.jpgHard rock titans are hitting the road in the United States and Europe in support of their latest Rat Pak Records release XI. The band will be playing two warm-up shows in the state of Washington before heading out on the Monsters Of Rock cruise this month. The first leg of the United States tour kicks off on March 24th in Portland, ME and runs through April 9th wrapping up in Rochester, NY at the Montage Music Hall. The record release party for XI will be the show on March 25th in Manchester, NH at the Jewel Nightclub. Admission to that show is free and is on a first come first served basis. will be heading over to Europe in May and then return back to Europe for more dates in July and August. More tour dates to be announced in the near future. For more information on all upcoming tour dates, go to

XI, the band’s 11th studio album available worldwide on March 25th, marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe. The album has been getting critical and fan praise alike with Decibel Magazine recently stating in a review: “On XI, Howe croon-roars like a man possessed, delivering a varied, vital, almost unbelievably pitch-perfect performance. As for the riffs, Vanderhoof remains a master crafter of speed-metal mayhem – a faithful keeper of the once-bustling aural bridge connecting NWOBHM and thrash metal proper.”

just released a new video trailer for XI that features a sample of the album opener “Reset.” The trailer can be seen here: The new album is available for pre-order in various exclusive bundles via A limited number of the Deluxe International Version are available on the website and features a bonus disc of 8 extra songs. Other bundles include guitar picks, stickers, a special edition behind the scenes photo book, t-shirts and even a limited number of personal phone calls from Mike Howe himself. The album is also available for pre-order on Amazon, Google Play and via iTunes at and fans that order the digital version will receive an instant download of “Killing Your Time” from the new album. 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 is 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.

Metal Church recently released an official music video for the debut single from XI, “No Tomorrow.” The video can be seen at: and 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:

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Feb. 19thAberdeen, WAD & R Theater
Feb. 20thFife, WALouie G’s
Feb 22nd – Feb. 26thMiami, FLMonsters Of Rock Cruise
Mar. 24thPortland. METhe Asylum
Mar. 25thManchester, NHJewel Nightclub (Free Show) [Record Release Party]
Mar. 26thHartford, CTWebster Theater
Mar. 28thNew York, NYB.B. Kings
Mar. 29thPittsburgh, PAAltar Bar
Mar. 30thWestland, MIThe Token Lounge
Apr. 1stRingle, MIQ & Z Expo Center
Apr. 2ndCudahy, WIThe Metal Grill
Apr. 3rdDes Moines, IAVaudeville Mews
Apr. 4thChicago, ILReggie’s
Apr. 6thCleveland, OHAgora Ballroom
Apr. 7thColumbus, OHO’Shecky’s
Apr. 8thPoughkeepsie, NYThe Chance
Apr. 9thRochester, NYMontage Music Hall
May 6thHamburg, GERKlubsen
May 7thHannover, GERMusikzentrum
May 8thSaarbrücken, GERGarage
May 10thLondon, UKUnderworld
May 12thPrattein, SWIZ7
May 13thRegensburg, GERAirport Obertraubling
May 14thGelsenkirchen, GERRock Hard Festival
May 15thBerlin, GERColumbia Theater
July 15thBalingen, GERBang Your Head Festival
July 16thEindhoven, NETHDynamo Metalfest
Aug. 5thPori, FINPorisphere Festival
Aug. 6thWacken, GERWacken Open Air
Aug 13thKortrijk, BELAlcatraz Metal Fest

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