The band is also working on a new album

Metal Church Marc Lopes
Marc Lopes [Giovanni Cionci]

Metal Church have recruited vocalist Marc Lopes. The band made the announcement on their official social media Thursday. Guitarist Kurt Vanderhoof confirmed that the band is also working on a new studio album.

“Yes, the rumors are true,” Vanderhoof said. “It’s official! Please welcome vocalist Marc Lopes to the congregation! We auditioned a handful of vocalists and while they were all great, Marc quickly became the clear choice. Both David Wayne and Mike Howe had a very unique, irreplaceable quality to their voices, so we were not looking for a clone of either. We wanted someone new, who could embrace the past, and also bring something fresh and exciting to the mix. Marc brings a very classic yet modern feel to the songs and we are looking forward to getting this new album out to you later this year! Thank you for your continued support of Metal Church!”

“It’s official,” Lopes echoed. “Honored and grateful beyond words to be a part of this legacy called Metal Church. Thank you all for the kind words, support, and here’s to lots of work ahead. See ya on the road soon.”

Lopes also confirmed that his new gig will not interfere with his current situation.

“And yes, I’m still part of Ross The Boss – so no B.S. speculation, please. Let’s fuckin’ do this.”

Lopes takes over for Mike Howe, who passed away suddenly at 55 in July of 2021. Mike Howe joined Metal Church in 1988, replacing vocalist David Wayne. He recorded three studio albums with the band before retiring in 1995. In 2015, Howe rejoined Metal Church. The band put out two more studio albums – XI (2016) and Damned If You Do (2018) – as well as 2017’s live outing Classic Live.