Kirk Arrington has been playing drums in eighties metal act Metal Church since 1981, though the musicians used the name Shrapnel at first.
In 1993 Metal Church disbands, with each of the band members going their seperate ways. In 1997 guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and drummer Kirk Arrington join forces to build a studio they dub "The English Channel".
The next year, in 1998, Metal Church hook up again to put together the official "Live" album using some recently discovered tapes from Metal Church's heyday in the 80's. In the process, the band members get re-acquainted and decide to make a new studio album.
In February 2006 Kirk Arrington decided to step down as Metal Church's drummer due to "health complications from years of struggling with diabetes". Kirk was followed up by Jeff Plate of Savatage, Chris Caffery, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra repute.