Crannk Interviews-Marc Lopes Metal Church

Jai That Aussie Metal Guy and Jim Taylor catch up with vocalist for Metal Church Marc Lopes to talk all about the upcoming Australian Tour and the latest album from Metal Church “Congregation Of Annihilation”

West coast metal veterans METAL CHURCH will return to Australia this December to round out 2023 with the last Metal tour for the year. They also return with their 13th studio album, Congregation of Annihilation, on May 26,2023.  The new album marks the first release since the tragic loss of legendary front man Mike Howe in 2021, but it also marks the first album with new vocalist Marc Lopes (Ross the Boss / Let Us Prey) who came on board in the summer of 2022 and features the current line-up of founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, guitarist Rick Van Zandt, bassist Steve Unger and legendary W.A.S.P. (amongst others) drummer Stet Howland. The new songs are a return to the band’s musical roots harkening back to the vibes of the self-titled first album and The Dark.

Of the album Kurdt Vanderhoof comments “This new album is starting a new chapter in the METAL CHURCH legacy. I really love this album. It’s a fresh approach for us in one way, but also a return to the very beginnings of Metal Church as part of the New American Thrash Metal movement. This record contains some of the most aggressive songs we have recorded. I hope the fans will like it as much as we do.”

Marc Lopes comments, “I am beyond honoured to be part of carrying on this legacy into a new era of METAL CHURCH. Working with Kurdt and a band that was a huge influence of mine growing up was a surreal experience to say the least. For me there was no point in trying to imitate what was already done to perfection. So, with respect to the past, we moved forward to a new chapter and here we are!”

The band are well excited to play for you some new songs, as well as delving into a best of from their well-respected classic back catalogue.

These shows will sell out, so get in quick.

There will be extremely limited VIP meet and greet tickets available.

CHEAPER PRE-SALE, EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday 18th May @ 10:00am AEST – These are strictly limited, and there is no booking fee… so save some bucks, get in early.

LIMITED VIP MEET & GREET WITH METAL CHURCH includes: – Early access to the show and merch stand.

– Get a photo on your phone/device with the band

– Australian tour poster to get signed by the band

– Exclusive VIP lanyard/laminate

– Bring along 3 personal items to get signed


Early bird and VIP tickets via

General Public Tickets On Sale: Tuesday 23rd May @ 10:00am AEST.

Don’t miss seeing one of the most legendary Thrash Metal bands, METAL CHURCH.

METAL CHURCH December 2023 Australian Tour Dates:

Thursday 14th – MELBOURNE – Croxton

Friday 15th – BRISBANE – The Zoo

Saturday 16th – SYDNEY – Crowbar

Sunday 17th – ADELAIDE – Crown & Anchor

Tickets And Info:


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