According to vocalist RONNY MUNROE (METAL CHURCH), Voices Of Metal will take place on March 30th at The House Of Rock in White Marsh, MD. The event will feature three sets from NEIL TURBIN (DEATHRIDERS, ex-ANTHRAX), Mark Boals (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Munroe.
Opening sets from SILVERTUNG and GHOST OF WAR, who will be playing their debut album Only Death Is Real in its entirety. For ticket info go to this location
Stay tuned for updates.
BraveWords.com correspondent Deb Rao also caught up with Munroe to discuss the news that the band will reunite on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise on January 28th, 2013.
BraveWords.com: Ronny, it is a triumphant day in metal. Metal Church will be reuniting on the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise next year (complete details here
). Tell us how this all transpired.
Munroe: "Basically, Kurdt and I have been talking through out the years since the break-up since we are friends not just band mates. He called me a few weeks ago and asked me if I was ready to do this again. He has a bunch of cool ideas. Basically, that when we do come out we will work on not being treated like we were treated before. Not that we were treated badly but we never really got the respect that we deserved. That has something to do with why we broke up in the first place. Among other things. Basically, he just called me up and wants to do it again. Who's going to say no to that."
BraveWords.com: Is there going to be a tour following the Cruise? Are there any tour plans in progress?
Munroe: "Right now we are going to see what happens with the cruise and then go from there."
BraveWords.com: What can the fans expect to see on the Cruise? I know everyone is excited about this event.
Munroe: "Actually, yes it is going to be pretty special. We are going to do the whole first record in one of our sets. Because when you are on that cruise I believe you do two sets. One is going to be the full first Metal Church record. After that the next set will be the greatest hits from all three eras of the band. It is going to be a blast. It will be fun to get out there and get with the boys. We will see what happens afterwards."
BraveWords.com: Any plans to go into the studio and record?
Munroe: "Right now like I said we are going to play the cruise and play it by ear after that."
BraveWords.com: Also, you are in a band called FIREWOLFE. Tell us about this.
Munroe: "This is a project with a couple of guys that I know. Nick Layton and Paul Kleff I knew Nick from a few years ago. He hit me up to do a project with him. At the time I wasn't available. A really good guitar player Paul Kleff is also in the band. It is just straight ahead power metal. It is just something to keep me busy. The songs these guys write are really good. I have to be able to sing or else I will go nuts. For Firewolfe we will see what happens in the future."
BraveWords.com: Also the video 'The Vision' for your solo release has been released.
Munroe: "Yes, the video for my song 'The Vision' off of my second solo release. The album is called Lords Of The Edge. It has been out for over a year now. I worked with a guy out of Australia called Stu Marshall. He did a lot on the record. He played some of the instruments. Some of the songs he produced with me. It is a solid metal record. I am pretty proud of it. I am going to do some gigs in NY in November. About three shows I believe. After that I am going to close the chapter on that one and see what happens with Metal Church and Firewolfe. I will write another record when the times comes."
BraveWords.com: How does it feel to be part of the legacy of Metal Church again? The band is going to open up a whole new chapter.
Munroe: "It was a blessing for me to get the gig in the first place. Now to come back and have the fans still there wanting to see us is a blessing. We all still get along. We have Jay Reynolds back now, Steve Unger, Jeff Plate and Kurdt Vanderhoof. I am looking forward to getting out there playing on the cruise for the fans. Having a great time and reintroducing ourselves. After that hopefully goes well, we will probably do something else. We will see."
BraveWords.com: One step at a time right?
Munroe: "Yes. There you go. One step at a time."
BraveWords.com: You have a Twitter and Facebook correct?
Munroe: "Yes, we are actually in the process of revising this. We are revamping the Metalchurchmusic.com
. We are putting up a Facebook. I am everywhere basically on Facebook