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MC TOUR 2016_WEB FLYER.jpgHard rock titans Metal Church 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. Metal Church 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.”

Metal Church 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. 19th Aberdeen, WA D & R Theater
Feb. 20th Fife, WA Louie G’s
Feb 22nd – Feb. 26th Miami, FL Monsters Of Rock Cruise
Mar. 24th Portland. ME The Asylum
Mar. 25th Manchester, NH Jewel Nightclub (Free Show) [Record Release Party]
Mar. 26th Hartford, CT Webster Theater
Mar. 28th New York, NY B.B. Kings
Mar. 29th Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Mar. 30th Westland, MI The Token Lounge
Apr. 1st Ringle, MI Q & Z Expo Center
Apr. 2nd Cudahy, WI The Metal Grill
Apr. 3rd Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
Apr. 4th Chicago, IL Reggie’s
Apr. 6th Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Apr. 7th Columbus, OH O’Shecky’s
Apr. 8th Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Apr. 9th Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
May 6th Hamburg, GER Klubsen
May 7th Hannover, GER Musikzentrum
May 8th Saarbrücken, GER Garage
May 10th London, UK Underworld
May 12th Prattein, SWI Z7
May 13th Regensburg, GER Airport Obertraubling
May 14th Gelsenkirchen, GER Rock Hard Festival
May 15th Berlin, GER Columbia Theater
July 15th Balingen, GER Bang Your Head Festival
July 16th Eindhoven, NETH Dynamo Metalfest
Aug. 5th Pori, FIN Porisphere Festival
Aug. 6th Wacken, GER Wacken Open Air
Aug 13th Kortrijk, BEL Alcatraz Metal Fest

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