Frontman Mike Howe might not have been with Metal Church from the beginning, but Loudwire says he contributed to five of their albums through his back-and-forth career: “Hanging in the Balance,” “Blessing in Disguise,” “XI,” “Damned If You Do,” and “The Human Factor.” Only “Blessing in Disguise” and “XI” would reach the Billboard 100, so it’s unlikely his cut from album sales would’ve made him the type of rich you’d expect with frontmen like Ozzy Osbourne or James Hatfield from Metallica, but that definitely doesn’t mean he was poor.
In his nearly decade-long break from music, Howe pursued a career in carpentry while using his time away from touring to spend more time with his family, which is great. He must’ve been decent at the carpentry gig, too, since it took him so long to return to music. Through the two careers as his main source of income, Height Zone estimates the Metal Church frontman was worth roughly $1.5 million at the time of his death. Now, that might not be the most glorious chunk of change in a music industry filled with the biggest superstars to ever hold a mic, but it’s better than the majority of people out there are doing. It can truly be said that no amount of money can reflect the monumental effect Howe had on the metal world though, and for that, we thank him.