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Living Sacrifice

Living Sacrifice's long and impressive history stretches back over a decade. The Arkansas-based metal band has evolved from their early death metal-inspired rumblings into a crushing, staccato-driven, heavily percussive metallic behemoth that pummels listeners with intense riffage and a decidedly personal, though nevertheless, often evangelical lyrical viewpoint. Founding members Bruce Fitzhugh (guitars/vocals) and Lance Garvin (drums) have survived from the band's original incarnation, refocusing their vision at every turn into something even tastier with each step in their evolution. Living Sacrifice formed in 1990, releasing their self-titled debut through the Christian-oriented R.E.X. Music the following year. They were originally fronted by vocalist/bassist DJ, who also went on to sing on 1992's Non-Existent and 1994's Inhabit. All three albums were heavily influenced by the members' favorite bands: groups like thrash metal titans Metallica, Slayer, and Testament; and then-newer death metal acts such as Obituary and Malevolent Creation. In 1995, their Nashville-based label folded, leaving Living Sacrifice label-less. The band was able to negotiate a deal that left them with the rights to their recordings and free to pursue a new home. DJ exited the group as they pondered their next move, with Fitzhugh stepping up to the vocalist position, as Living Sacrifice began writing new material with a more stripped-down, almost punk/hardcore-infused (though still decidedly very heavy metal) direction and making demos. In 1996, the band became re-energized, thanks to a multi-album deal with Seattle, WA's Tooth and Nail and their newly formed Solid State imprint, which focused on heavier bands. The aptly titled Reborn album surfaced in 1997, redefining the band's musical focus and garnering them a slew of new fans -- and probably some of their first outside of the Christian music market. Though the music was decidedly more straightforward, the lyrical focus stayed the same, and the melodic guitar solos and fast-paced galloping drums remained. Despite the underground success of the album, with Living Sacrifice quickly becoming a cornerstone band on the new imprint's roster, further lineup changes happened. Founding guitarist Jason Truby and his only recently introduced brother, bassist Chris Truby, exited the band. They were replaced by guitarist Rocky Gray, and bassist Arthur Green, late of the Arkansas band Eso-Charis. Green was not the only member of Eso-Charis to join up -- drummer Matthew Putman soon followed. Putman was instrumental in fleshing out Living Sacrifice's sound with additional percussion alongside Garvin, with a two-drummer approach unique to heavy music; different even from Sepultura, Neurosis, and Slipknot, who have all experimented with extra percussion. This lineup recorded an album called The Hammering Process, further streamlining the band's sound, decimating it into its base elements, driven by rhythm and heavy guitar crunch without being tantamount to any kind of musical "sellout." Further touring ensued throughout 2000 (a year that also saw the reissuing of the band's first three albums via Solid State) and 2001, including several dates with the band's friends and former labelmates, P.O.D. Living Sacrifice spent the latter-half of 2001 holed up in the practice room composing new material. Garvin and Gray, meanwhile, released an album called This Is My Blood with their side project, Soul Embraced, through Solid State, who also reissued an Eso-Charis album. ~ Ryan J. Downey
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  1.   Song
  2.   Separation
  3.   Apostasy
  4.   Something More
  5.   The Poisoning
  6.   Obstruction
  7.   Burn the End
  8.   Non-Existent
  9.   Imminent War
  10.   Reject
  11.   Before
  12.   Straw Man
  13.   The Reckoning
  14.   Overkill Exposure
  15.   Reach for the Sky
  16.   Send Your Regrets
  17.   Symbiotic
  18.   Local Vengeance Killing
  19.   Indwelling
  20.   Unseen
  21.   In the Shadow
  22.   Atonement
  23.   Anorexia Spiritual
  24.   Walls of Separation
  25.   Sellout
  26.   No Longer
  27.   Altered Life
  28.   Departure
  29.   Love Forgives
  30.   Conditional
  31.   Liar
  32.   Sudden
  33.   Ghost Thief
  34.   Nietzsche's Madness
  35.   The Power of God
  36.   In Christ
  37.   Black Seeds
  38.   Subtle Alliance
  39.   Bloodwork
  40.   Breathing Murder
  41.   Not Beneath
  42.   Distorted
  43.   ...To Nothing
  44.   Haven of Blasphemy
  45.   Enthroned
  46.   Emerge
  47.   Reborn Empowered
  48.   3x3 We Carried Your Body
  49.   Distrust
  50.   Hidden
  51.   Truth Solution
  52.   The Prodigal
  53.   Perfect
  54.   Mind Distant
  55.   Screwtape
  56.   Hand of the Dead
  57.   Ignite
  58.   180
  59.   Phargx Imas
  60.   Without Distinction
  61.   Flatline
  62.   Second Death
  63.   Sorrow Banished
  64.   Void Expression
  65.   The Training
  66.   Threatened
  67.   God Is My Home
  68.   Spirit Fall
  69.   Internal Unrest
  70.   No Grave Concern
  71.   Enthroned '98
  72.   Chemical Straightjacket
  73.   Dealing With Ignorance
  74.   Your War
  75.   Mask
  76.   Presence of God
  77.   Into Again
  78.   Violence
  79.   Organized Lie
  80.   Killers
  81.   They Were One
  82.   Not My Own
  83.   Despair
  84.   Rules of Engagement
  85.   Inhabit
  86.   Darkened
  87.   Awakening
  88.   Unfit to Live
  89.   The Reaping
  90.   American Made
  91.   The Martyr

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