Review by Jack on October 26, 2001.
Wayne are blatant rip-offs of legendary outfits like AC/DC and Judas Priest. And “Metal Church” is the worst CD I’ve listened to this year. Starting from zero points out of ten I’m going to see how many points these fellows can accumulate over the course of this “masterpiece”.
Originality: No points here, Wayne play identical Judas Priest and AC/DC styles of heavy metal. 0/1
Musicianship: Half a point here, Wayne at least come across like they can read the latest issue of “Guitar Player”. .5/1
Lyrical Concept: Boring and weak... ’The Hammer Will Fall’, I mean come on?? How much originality can one band come up with? No chance of a point here. 0/1
Vocals: Lead vocalist: David is a carbon hybrid copy of AC/DC’s original singer and Rob Halford... but perhaps combining his own worst tendencies. No point here. 0/1
Structure of album: Song titles are disjointed, as are the songs... you have titles like ‘Hannibal’ and ‘Burning At The Stake’ seeming a death tinged album... and then somber ballads like ‘Mississippi Queen’. Again no points available to claim. 0/1
At the halfway point of reviewing Wayne sit at 0.5 points out of 5. Will Wayne and their “Metal Church” bring home the goods and maybe score a semi decent 5.5 out of 10 or will they remain as Metalbite’s worst ever scoring album? I eagerly await the second half of reviewing.
Production: Being a Nuclear Blast record the production is faultless and every instrument can be heard abundantly clear. Oh... goody. One and half points here. 1.5/2
Equality of Musicians and ability to play with one another: Well all members of Wayne seem to be on the same page, but unfortunately blur their motivations with wanky guitar solos that at times appear wanky and arrogant and do nothing for the band as a whole. 0/1
Music: Wayne is a really, really bad band. And as a consequence, “Metal Church” belongs in garbage more than a five-year-old block of cheese. No points. 0/2
Well there we have it, Wayne picked up 2 out of 10 points. They had a good strong half and picked up 1.5/5. Well done Wayne. Unfortunately for these boys it is back to the drawing board for some new jobs.
Bottom Line: “Metal Church” isn’t worth looking at. If the cover didn’t turn you off, the music sure will, the biggest stinker this year. If the stench of Wayne doesn’t turn you off metal, I do not know what will. Wayne hopefully with “Metal Church” will wane into insignificance. Avoid at all costs.
Rating: 2 out of 10