In 1980, Kurt Vanderhoof assembled a team of 'Metal Church', became known by the nickname of his apartment in San Francisco, where he and his friends worshiped heavy metal. The group, in addition it includes: Lars Ulrich (Lars Ulrich) – drums, Mick Murphy (Mick Murphy) – vocals, Craig Wells (Craig Wells) – guitar, Duke Errikson (Duke Erricson) – bass. Soon, Lars Ulrich moved to Los Angeles and became one of the founders of the group Metallica, and his place was filled with shock Errington Kirk (Kirk Arrington). Nothing special guys do not able to do, and Kurt returned to his native Aberdeen. There, in 1981 organized the project Vanderhoof 'Shrapnel', which included his high school friends Kirk Arrington (drums), Mike Murphy (vocals) and Craig Wells (guitar). Completed the formation of each team of Kirk, bassist Duke Erikson. Murphy also soon escaped from the 'Shrapnel' and amassed a gang of 'Rogues Gallery', and the microphone went to his friend Craig, David Wayne.
During the formation of a group engaged in the execution of the main metal covers and performed where necessary: in the local bars, at school parties and even weddings. The group sang too heavy and fast for its time the music on the text of the concept falls under the category of 'black metal'. Musicians sifted through several names and finally settled in 1983 by Metal Church. President of Metal Blade noticed a group and incorporated their song Merciless Onslaught a collection of Metal Massacre 1" – from that moment began a rapid ascent to Olympus Metal Church of heavy rock.