Hanging in the Balance

Hanging in the Balance
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 1993[1]
StudioMusic Storage Studios, Aberdeen, Washington
Studio 900, New York City, New York
Studio Works II, Island Park, New York
GenreHeavy metal, thrash metal
LabelBlackheart (US and Japan)
SPV/Steamhammer (Europe)
ProducerThom Panunzio, Kenny Laguna, Paul O'Neill
Metal Church chronology
The Human Factor
Hanging in the Balance
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[2]
Rock Hard9.5/10[3]

Hanging in the Balance is the fifth album by the American heavy metal band Metal Church, released in 1993. This was Metal Church's last album before their two-year break up from 1996 to 1998, and the last to feature vocalist Mike Howe for more than two decades until his return to the band in 2015.[4] It is also their last studio album with longtime guitarist Craig Wells and drummer Kirk Arrington (until his return on 2004's The Weight of the World).

Track listing

1."Gods of Second Chance"Mike Howe, Kurdt Vanderhoof, Paul O'Neill5:23
2."Losers in the Game"Howe, Vanderhoof5:08
3."Hypnotized"Howe, John Marshall, Vanderhoof4:43
4."No Friend of Mine"Howe, Vanderhoof3:58
5."Waiting for a Savior"Howe, Vanderhoof, O'Neill5:48
6."Conductor"Craig Wells, Vanderhoof4:10
7."Little Boy"Marshall, Vanderhoof8:14
8."Down to the River"Howe, Vanderhoof5:01
9."End of the Age"Howe, Vanderhoof7:17
10."Lovers and Madmen"Marshall2:51
11."A Subtle War"Marshall, Vanderhoof4:12


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  1. ^ a b "Hanging in the Balance - Metal Church". AllMusic. 1993-10-07. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 275. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ Kühnemund, Götz (1993). "Review Dynamit: Metal Church - Hanging in the Balance". Rock Hard (in German). No. 81. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  4. ^ "Metal Church Rejoined By Singer Mike Howe". Blabbermouth.net. April 30, 2015. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  5. ^ https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/39488/Metal-Church-Hanging-in-the-Balance/

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