Metal Church Shot Their New Music Video Inside a Nuclear Power Plant Cooling Tower
When I think of Metal Church I think of late MetalSucks contributor Corey Mitchell. Sure, the seminal thrashers have been churning out quality metal for over 30 years, but Corey was SO passionate about the band’s 2008 release The Present Wasteland that it’s stuck with me ever since. Corey titled his official review of that album “Skip Metallica, Proceed Directly to Metal Church” which really says it all (Death Magnetic had just come out as well), but he also interviewed frontman Ronny Munroe and ranked the album #7 on his year-end list. The dude LOVED that album and he loved Metal Church.
I’m pretty sure Corey would be stoked on Metal Church’s new song “No Tomorrow,” for which the band just released a video. It’s got a mid-paced thrash groove and some really tight thrash riffing, and vocalist Mike Howe — returning for the first time since the three albums he sang on in the late ’80s / early ’90s — sounds super sharp and in shape. What’s not to like? These guys have still got it.
Also, how badass is this video? I can’t ever recall a band filming a music video INSIDE A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT COOLING TOWER. Just when abandoned warehouse videos have reached critical overload, one of the genre pioneers — who many would surely write off as old farts long past their prime — come along and do something completely new. With generous use of drones, no less. That’s the abandoned Satsop Nuclear Facility in Elma, Washington, and the video was directed by Jamie Chamberlin of Black Dahlia Films.
New album XI comes out on March 25th via Rat Pak Records.