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  METAL CHURCH WELCOME EX-W.A.S.P. DRUMMER STET HOWLAND
19th July 2017



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Fans that have seen Metal Church live at their recent shows in the United States, UK and Europe may have noticed a new face on stage.

The guy behind the kit has been none other than Stet Howland, and now that transitionary process is complete, Metal Church are happy to announce the addition of Stet Howland as the band's new permanent drummer.

Vocalist Mike Howe told us:

"I am overwhelmed and grateful that Stet has found his way into the fold and I look forward to many successful and joyful performances together."

Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof added:

"We are extremely happy to have Stet as our new engine. He is a fantastic drummer and a great guy to work with. But the hazing shall continue relentlessly!"

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Stet Howland shared his excitement about joining Metal Church:

"After being home for only a few days from possibly the best tour of my life, I received a conference call from Kurdt and Mike, for a split second I thought to myself 'Oh shit, what did I do?'

"But my concern quickly turned to an un-removable smile when they asked if I would be interested in being a permanent member of Metal Church.

"It's no secret that Metal Church have always been one of my favourite Metal bands and that, in my opinion, they are on the strongest ascent of any band in their genre!

"And given that the band kicks ass live, has an incredible record label, a rabid fan base, relevant new music, recent Billboard chart positions and first week CD sales that rival multi-platinum acts, my answer was an unwavering 'YES'!

"On my maiden journey I was blown away by Mike Howe's consistent crowd destruction, Kurdt's ridiculously heavy riffs, Rick Van Zandt's refusal to make even one mistake and my glue-like bond with Steve (it's a well-known fact that Metal Church bass player Steve Unger is one of my closest friends and it was Steve who initially suggested me to the band).

"There is understanding, mutual respect and camaraderie present here that is missing in so many 'famous' acts. I am honoured to be a member of such a group of people and will do my best to deliver strong performances both live and in the studio."

Metal Church are back in Europe from 1st August at the following dates:

1st August: Oslo - Sentrum Scene (with Megadeth)
2nd August: (DK) Copenhagen - Store Vega (with Megadeth)
4th August: (CH) Zurich - Dynamo
5th August: (FR) Saint-Maurice-De-Gourdans - Sylak Open Air
6th August: (IT) Cusano Milanino - Blues Rose Fest Open Air
8th August: (SK) Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
9th August: (CZ) Jaromer - Brutal Assault
10th August: (DE) Nuremberg - Hirsch
11th August: (NL) Leeuwarden - Into the Grave
12th August: (PL) Vagos - Vagos Metal Fest
7th Septust: (USA) Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA XVIII

Metal Church' latest and eleventh studio release, 'XI', was released in March 2016 and it marked the return of legendary vocalist and frontman Mike Howe. It was produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris 'The Wizard' Collier.

The reunion between Mike Howe and Metal Church started in July of 2014 when Mike started working with Kurdt Vanderhoof on a side project he was forming with Nigel Glockler from Saxon.

Through these initial conversations, Kurdt convinced Mike to ultimately return to Metal Church. The idea was to see if they could recapture some of the magic from the three albums they released in the late 80s: 'The Human Factor', 'Blessing In Disguise' and 'Hanging In The Balance'.

Out of those sessions, 'XI' was born and captures the sound that made the band fan favourites in the 80s and mixes it with a new, invigorated sound for 2016.





Photo credit: Markus Wiedenmann Photography





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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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