Metal Church - The Dark
Label: Monsters Of Rock - MOFR 00145 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
The Dark is the second full-length album released by the American heavy metal band Metal Church. The Dark talks of somber themes, such as assassination, death, struggle, rituals, and the supernatural: the lyrics from "Line of Death", for example, were based on Libyan hostilities in the Gulf of SidraMetal Church - The Dark the band's title track involves the protagonist attempting to survive the night in an abandoned house with an evil, demonic entity stalking and attempting to drag him to hell.
The album was dedicated to the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burtonwho died nine days before Rude Boy Train - Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites release. They also opened for MegadethAnthrax and King Diamond. Anthrax guitarist Scott Metal Church - The Dark has been quoted as saying that Mark Dodson 's production work on this album inspired the band to Dead On Arrival - Billy Idol - Billy Idol with him as the producer for their fourth album State of Euphoria Contemporary reviews for The Dark were mostly positive.
Paul Miller of Kerrang! However, the album was judged "impressive", revealing of a new side of the band in Metal Church - The Dark song "Watch the Children Pray" and riding "a delicate balance of semi-Speed and lightweight material". Modern reviews are more critical. AllMusic 's Eduardo Rivadavia states that the album shows a band "struggling with their direction and wrestling with internal problems" and, although its "first half contained some of the group's best material", its "second half pretty much stalls after the moderately interesting title track.
He also reveals in his review that the band now sees the album as "woefully over-produced". The Dark entered the Billboard chart on January 24, The album itself peaked at number 92 and remained on the chart for 23 weeks.
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