Metal Church – Blessing In Disguise (1989)
Perhaps the most well known name on this list, Metal Church still seem to be largely overlooked when discussing prime 80’s American heavy metal albums and considering Blessing in Disguise is an absolute beast of an album…..we couldn’t leave them out now!
With vocalist Mike Howe bravely stepping into original Church singer David Wayne’s considerable shoes, expectations for Metal Church’s 3rd album were tentative at best.
Fans needed hadn’t worried though, Metal Church were still well worth worshipping!
“Fake Healer”, “Rest In Pieces (April 15, 1952)”, “Anthem To The Estranged” (one of the finest metal ballads ever conceived), “Badlands” and “The Spell Can’t Be Broken” were all incredible. Intelligent, powerful, heavy and home to a monumental vocal performance – the perfect balance of melodic muscle – from Mike Howe contributed to setting Metal Church apart from their peers and Blessing In Disguise is the album that solidified their reputation for consistently delivering the goods.
It may have been 1989 but Metal Church still had time to squeeze in one of the most vital 80’s American heavy metal albums of the decade!
Have we forgotten your favourite unsung / under-appreciated 80’s American heavy metal album?
If we have, pop it in the comments section below but remember, 6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of 80’s American Heavy Metal (Part 3) featuring ever more obscure entries is already in the works!!