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1986. The Dark 

is the second album by band Metal Church.  released on 6 October and was the last album featuring the group’s classic lineup of David Wayne, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Kirk Arrington, Duke Erickson, and Craig Wells. 1999’s Masterpeace album reunited the former four, with John Marshall replacing Wells.

The Dark talks of somber themes, such as assassination, death, struggle, rituals, and the supernatural: the lyrics from “Line of Death”, for example, were based on Libyan hostilities in the Gulf of Sidra.The album was dedicated to the late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who died nine days before its release. 

There are no bad songs here. Of note are energetic opener “Ton of Bricks”, the extremely underrated “Method To Your Madness”, which contains an uncharacteristically laid-back, commercial feel, and the ageless heavy metal classic “Watch The Children Pray.”

If you’re looking for a solid straight-ahead metal album from the mid 1980s, it’s hard to go wrong with The Dark.

  David Wayne   Kurdt Vanderhoof    Craig Wells   Duke Erickson   Kirk Arrington

anonymous asked:

what mysteries does Duke keep in his mepad?

Dearest, most interested anon, 

“My handsome mepad is full of useful apps that I’ve relied on in every single handsome adventure we’ve undertaken! I couldn’t go exploring without it!”

“There’s the ever useful Internet Professor for looking up facts on the go, the Riddle Index where I log each handsome riddle we solve, Ab Trackr for all our jentlemanly workout needs… I also have puzzle games we can play if we need a break! It even has a high quality camera I’ve used for handsome photos!”

"One of my favorite apps is Joojle Rootes! With this, we can determine the quickest way to the Questionable Town, and get there in handsome record time!”

Your handsomely mepad wielding assistant jent,

Duke Mighton