Their best known vocalist David Wayne passed away in 2005, and the band's lone remaining member from the early days is guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof.Their 1984 self-titled debut put Metal Church on the map.
Jason Newsted was a founding member of this Phoenix band before he replaced Cliff Burton in Metallica. is still in the band, and longtime members Michael Gilbert (guitar) and Michael Spencer (bass) have returned to the fold.
They are another band that have had a lot of lineup changes over the years. and released a few other excellent albums in the '80s.
Like many bands in the genre, they faltered in the '90s and ended up splitting up.
Metallica were pioneers of Bay Area thrash music with the double bass and shredding guitars going at breakneck speed.
In addition to their well-known contemporaries Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, here are some other old school thrash bands you should check out if you like Metallica.
Testament have been underrated throughout their lengthy career.Chuck Billy is one of metal's great frontmen, and when it comes to guitarists, few have the virtuoso skills of Alex Skolnick.From their 1987 debut Metallica fans know that guitarist Kirk Hammett was a member of Exodus in their early years.He left Exodus before recording an album with them, but finally returned with a guest solo on their 2014 album .They've had several different frontmen in their history, but the constant has been guitarist Gary Holt.He's an excellent songwriter in addition to his axe skills. Metal Church released some quality albums, but also had a lot of lineup turnover.