Late Metal Church Vocalist Mike Howe: Commemorative Booklet and Tribute Shirt Coming December

A special package honoring the end METAL CHURCH a singer Mike Howe is now available for pre-order on the Rat Pak Records website. the “In Memory (In Remembrance of Mike Howe)” The Memorial Booklet and Tribute Shirt will only be available for a short time, so if you want one, be sure to order as soon as possible.

METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof announced the package’s availability in a social media post earlier today (Tuesday, November 2). He wrote: “Many of you have asked if there will be an official Mike Howe commemorative booklet and shirt, it took a while, but here it is. Hats off to the owner of Rat Pak Recordings for putting together this amazing 60-page tribute book and shirt set for Mike. It’s very classy to say the least! There will only be 500 printed, so if you want one, don’t wait.”

howe was found dead at his home in Eureka, California on July 26. According to TMZ, howeThe official cause of death of was determined to be asphyxiation due to hanging. A spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department said authorities at the site were calling it a suicide. He was only 55 years old.

TMZ said Eureka cops received a call just after 10 a.m. reporting an unexpected death at a home. By the time the deputies arrived, they found howe died at the scene.

Police say drugs and alcohol are not considered factors in the death and no controlled substances or paraphernalia were found at the scene.

four days later howeupon death, the surviving members of METAL CHURCH shared a statement on social media in which they blamed his suicide on the fact that he “became a victim of a failing healthcare system and then poisoned by the venom of Big Pharma”, a term which collectively refers to the global pharmaceutical industry. “In short and essentially, he fell prey to the real ‘Fake Healer’.”

METAL CHURCHThe statement was quickly criticized by some of the band’s fans who felt the longtime metal band was using howethe death of as a platform to affirm his political opinions. As a result, METAL CHURCH removed their original social media post and replaced it with an edited version, in which the musicians said they were “in no way, shape or form referring to anything related to vaccinations , COVID or politics. We said our brother was in pain and while he was seeking medical attention, the treatments he was using were not protecting him,” they wrote. “Otherwise he would still be with us today.”

howe, who faced METAL CHURCH from 1988 to 1994, officially joined the group in April 2015.

before joining METAL CHURCH more than three decades ago, howe spent two years leading the California metal band HERETIC.

The reunion between Mike and METAL CHURCH was set in motion in July 2014 when Mike started working with Vanderhoof on a side project Kurdish formed with Nigel Glockler from SAXON. Thanks to these first conversations, Kurdish convinced Mike to finally return to METAL CHURCH. The idea was to see if they could recapture some of the magic of the three albums. METAL CHURCH released in the late 80s: “The Human Factor”, “Blessing in Disguise” and “Dive into the Scales”. Among these sessions, those of 2016 “XI” was born and captured the sound that made the band a fan favorite in the 80s and blended it with an invigorated new sound.

METAL CHURCHthe latest version of was “From the Vault”, arrived in April 2020 via Rat Pak Recordings. The effort was a special edition compilation album that featured 14 previously unreleased songs from the howe era, including four newly recorded studio tracks, including a redux of the band’s fan-favorite classic “Driver”.

howe is not the first singer of METAL CHURCH pass away. david wayne died in May 2005 following a car accident. He was 47 years old.

wayne sang METAL CHURCHthe first two classic offerings from (1984’s “Metal Church” and 1986 “The Darkness”) before leaving the group and being replaced by howe.

Many of you have been asking if there would be an official Mike Howe commemorative booklet and shirt, it took a while, but here it is…

Posted by Metal Church on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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