The Dark

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Running length
20 tracks
Running time


    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Ton of Bricks 2:51 14,495
2 Start the Fire 3:43 13,142
3 Method to Your Madness 4:57 14,553
4 Watch the Children Pray 5:56 4,130
5 Over My Dead Body 3:33 0
6 The Dark 3:52 10,953
7 Psycho 3:28 9,983
8 Line of Death 4:43 9,068
9 Burial at Sea 5:00 8,585
10 Western Alliance 3:20 8,118
Western Alliance (LP Version) 3:21 0
Burial At Sea (LP Version) 5:00 0
Line of Death (LP Version) 4:44 0
Psycho (LP Version) 3:35 9,585
The Dark (LP Version) 4:12 18
Over My Dead Body (LP Version) 3:34 24
Watch The Children Pray (LP Version) 5:56 5,742
Method To My Madness (LP Version) 4:57 18
Start The Fire (LP Version) 3:46 28
Ton of Bricks (LP Version) 3:04 25

About this album

The Dark is the second full length album released in 1986 by the American heavy metal band Metal Church. It was also the last album in which the line-up of Wayne, Vanderhoof, Arrington, Wells and Erickson performed, until 1999’s Masterpeace album. This album talks of dark themes, such as assassination, death, struggle, and rituals (for example, the lyrics from “Line of Death” were most likely based on Libyan hostilities in the Gulf of Sidra). One song from this album, “Watch the Children Pray”, turned into the band’s first music video. This album is one of their most critically and commercially successful albums to date. The album was dedicated to the late Cliff Burton of Metallica fame.

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