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Metal Church's Singer Mike Howe Has Passed Away


According to the Metal Church Facebook page singer Mike Howe has passed away earlier this morning


"It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music. Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time."

Mike Howe (born August 21, 1965) was an American heavy metal singer who performed with Metal Church.


Howe began his career as the singer for a Detroit band called Hellion (later renamed Snair after moving to Los Angeles) before joining the band Heretic, who were formed in 1986. Heretic released its sole full-length album, Breaking Point in 1988 before Howe departed to join Metal Church and Heretic disbanded.


From 1988 until 1996 Howe sang in Metal Church, replacing David Wayne. After Howe joined Metal Church the subject matter deepened. The band's lyrics tackled political and social issues of the day with the releases of Blessing in Disguise and The Human Factor. Howe recorded three albums with Metal Church before the group split up in 1995.[2]

Although he has rarely recorded or performed outside of Heretic and Metal Church, Howe provided guest vocals on Hall Aflame's 1991 album Guaranteed Forever and Megora's 1997 EP Illusions.


Metal Church founder Kurdt Vanderhoof reported in 1998 that Howe had retired and was living in Tennessee with his family.


On April 30, 2015, Metal Church announced that Howe had rejoined the band. Since then, he has appeared on two more albums with them – XI (2016) and Damned If You Do (2018), as well as their 2017 live album Classic Live.


With Heretic

  • Breaking Point (1988, Metal Blade)

With Metal Church

  • Blessing in Disguise (1989)

  • The Human Factor (1991)

  • Hanging in the Balance (1993)

  • XI (2016)

  • Classic Live (2017)

  • Damned If You Do (2018)

  • From the Vault (2020)

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Keith Morrisette
Keith Morrisette
Jul 27, 2021

Wow. Very saddened and shocked to hear the news of Mike Howe's passing today. I am thinking of all of his family and friends. Since the public does not know what happened we are all are going to naturally wonder and speculate what happened. But it will come out in due time... we all should respect his family's wishes at this time and give them their privacy and time to process the passing of Mike Howe. They are in my prayers.


What a set of pipes, especially back in the day, that God gave Mike. I met Mike recently, back in May (I believe) of 2019, when they played a small club called Route 47 in Fridley, MN. I owned…


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