Perhaps the finest Metal Church release, Blessing in Disguise offers some of the best material in the group's long career. New vocalist Mike Howe joined up with the band for the recording of this 1989 Elektra release, replacing the departed David Wayne and bringing a burst of energy that the group used to create some of the best American underground metal of the decade. Metal producer extraordinaire Terry Date (White Zombie, Def Tones) dials up some fiery guitar and drum sounds adding an awesome sonic element to the group's fine arrangements and ultra-heavy riffing. Standout cuts include the massive and cathartic "Anthem to the Estranged" and "The Spell that Can't be Broken." Both cuts (as well as the rest of this release) feature excellent guitar work and an uncompromising allegiance to all things heavy that Metal Church continually gained respect for throughout the Seattle band's career.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Anderson