The Human Factor is the fourth album by Metal Church, released in 1991. It was the band's only release on Epic Records.
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After five or six years with Elektra, the headbangers moved to Epic with The Human Factor. Much of the writing is quite substantial, and Metal Church tackles social and political subjects with inspired results on songs ranging from "Date with Poverty" and "Flee From Reality" to "The Final Word" (which addresses the flag-burning controversy of 1991 and asserts that the . whatever its faults, is still the best place to live). The Human Factor shows that Metal Church was an exciting band, and certainly one of substance.
Metal Church's The Human Factor showed us that Metal Church simply did not belong in the 90s. Metal Church are at their best when they preach lyrics of destruction, atomic war, and general mayhem. They are at their best when the guitars shred uncontrollably. I never went to another Metal Church service after their The Human Factor service in 1991. From what I hear, the pastors kept changing, band members came, went, and came back again, and the fanbase diminished into nothing. I remember when the band broke up in 1994 and 2009.
Metal Church is an American heavy metal band. They originally formed in San Francisco, California in 1980 before relocating to Aberdeen, Washington the following year and briefly using the name Shrapnel. Their self titled debut album was released in 1984, and their latest, Damned If You Do, was released on December 7, 2018.