October 1, 2023


Living on the edge!

Dutch Metal Quiz – Metal Church

After Monster Truck, Sepultura and Melechesh, it’s now up to the American thrash metal band Metal Church to take part of the Dutch Metal Quiz 2017. At Graspop Johan and Lennart had a chat with vocalist and Mike Howe. Before we start, we share our review of their performance at Graspop with you.

Metal Church: classic thrash metal as we like it!
The American thrash metal band Metal Church can be considered as one of the pioneers of thrash metal. They we’re founded in 1980 and released their debut album ‘Metal Church’ in 1984. After some line-up changes and sabbaticals, the band released their latest and eleventh album ‘XI’ in 2016, the first album since 1993 featuring Mike Howe on vocals. The band knows what the audience wants here at Graspop: classic thrash metal. And that’s what they bring them! The crowd in front of Mainstage 2 is responding very enthusiastic on the old classic songs like ‘Beyond The Black’ and ‘Start The Fire’, but also on the songs from the new album like ‘Killing Your Time’ and ‘Needle and Suture’. Classic thrash metal as we like it! Metal Church is still a band with a lot of quality, so hopefully Mike & Co are goings strong for a few more years!

We talk to Mike after their show and he tells us he won’t score much points with this quiz, because he has been out of the scene for 20 years! During this long hiatus, he was busy with his own carpenter company. Before we start we ask him if he knows how John Marshall is doing. He was guitar player for Metal Church and also the guitar tech for Metallica back in the day. Mike: “He’s great! He is still a friend of mine. Actually he’s visiting at my place in California as we speak, while I’m here in Europe on tour. He’s visiting because his daughter is going to study near our home.” Let’s start with the quiz. The rules are simple. When you know the answer without the options you receive 3 points, when you know the answer with the options you get 1 point. Are you ready? Go!

1. From which Dutch symphonic metal band is Sharon den Adel the lead singer?
A. Within Temptation
B. Delain
C. Epica

Metal Church: Epica
PitKings: No. Within Temptation
Points: 0

2. Which metal record label was founded in The Netherlands in 1980?
A. Roadrunner Records
B. Nuclear Blast
C. Metal Blade Records

Metal Church: Roadrunner Records
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 1

3. What’s the name of this Dutch symphonic metal band?
A. Epica
B. Delain
C. Nemesea

Metal Church: Delain
PitKings: No. Epica
Points: 0

4. Which Dutch guitar player played for several years with Whitesnake in the 80’s?
A. Adrian Vandenberg
B. Jan Akkerman
C. Robby Valentine

Melechesh: Adrian Vandenberg
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 1

5. Which death metal band from The Netherlands was founded by Jan Chris de Koeyer in 1989?
A. Pestilence
B. Legion Of The Damned
C. Gorefest

Metal Church: Pestilence
PitKings: No. Gorefest
Points: 0

6. Which Dutch metal festival was in 1995 (with Machine Head, Biohazard, Typo Negative) the largest metal festival in the world?
Metal Church: Dynamo Open Air
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 3

7. Who was the female lead singer of the Dutch gothic metal band The Gathering?
A. Anneke van Giersbergen
B. Floor Jansen
C. Simone Simons

Metal Church: Anneke van Giersbergen
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 1

8. Who’s this Dutch composer/song writer/guitarist?
A. Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation)
B. Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Vengeance)
C. Mark Jansen (Epica/After Forever)

Metal Church: Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation)
PitKings: No. Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Vengeance)
Points: 0

9. What kind of metal do the Dutch bands Sinister, Asphyx and God Dethroned play?
Metal Church: Death metal
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 3

10. Which Dutch hardrock guitar player moved to the USA when he was a kid and is ranked #8 as greatest guitar player according to Rolling Stone magazine.
A. Rhandy Roads
B. Eddie van Halen
C. Slash

Metal Church: Eddie van Halen
PitKings: Yes!
Points: 1

Total score: 10

Check all the other bands who played the Dutch Metal Quiz >>>.