Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof formed his self-titled Vanderhoof during his initial departure from his former act. Like Vanderhoof's other project, Hall Aflame (who released an album in the early nineties), Vanderhoof the band was decidedly less power metal/thrash metal influenced than Metal Church ever was, instead opting for a more mainstream Hard Rock sound. Under the membership of Damon Albright (vocals), Kurdt Vanderhoof (ex-Metal Church/ex-Hall Aflame; guitar/back. vocals), Dave Hawkes (bass/back. vocals), Brian Cokeley (keyboards/back. vocals) and Kirk Arrington (ex-Metal Church; drums/back. vocals) Vanderhoof would release a self-titled effort in 1997 on the German SPV' label, with a supporting tour following close behind.
After the tour, Vanderhoof and Arrington joined back up with Metal Church to release Metal Church Live, created from a long forgotten master tape, and also recorded the studio album Masterpeace, followed by a European tour.
After the side sojourn, A Blur In Time followed in 2002 with only Vanderhoof and Arrington returning to recruit Drew Hart (vocals), R.J. Kurtz (bass) and Jeff Powell (keyboards). John DiBernardo took over on vocals after the release. The band has been silent as of late while the members take a hiatus.