METAL CHURCH vocalist Ronny Munroe has inked a deal with Rat Pak Records for the release of his first solo album, "The Fire Within". Munroe says, "I've known the label CEO for a while now and I have to say that I am very impressed with his work ethic, relentless drive, passion, and tenacity. I have no doubts and that is why I've decided to put my work in his hands. Joe and Rat Pak are on their way to the top and I am very pleased to be part of such a talented roster of bands."

He adds, "'The Fire Within' will undoubtedly be my best work to date and I look forward to sharing it with you all."

"The Fire Within" is tentatively due in April. Several demo tracks which are expected to appear on the CD are available for streaming on Munroe's MySpace page.

Ronny Munroe's solo band includes METAL CHURCH guitarist Rick Van Zandt on guitar.

According to Tacoma Weekly, METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof had encouraged Munroe for some time to do a solo project. With METAL CHURCH's plans to tour in support of their new album on hold, this offered an opportunity for Munroe to do so.

Munroe has 15 original songs to choose from for the upcoming CD, which is being co-produced by the singer and Vanderhoof.

Munroe said these songs show a wider vocal range, bigger choruses and different melodies compared to his work in METAL CHURCH.

He writes the lyrics and comes up with melody lines, while Van Zandt is writing some of the music.

Sonic Excess conducted an interview with Ronny Munroe in September. Listen to the chat at this location.



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