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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.   Reject
  3.   The Training
  4.   Black Seeds
  5.   Presence of God
  6.   3x3 We Carried Your Body
  7.   Departure
  8.   The Reaping
  9.   The Power of God
  10.   No Longer
  11.   Into Again
  12.   Dealing With Ignorance
  13.   Threatened
  14.   Nietzsche's Madness
  15.   Reach for the Sky
  16.   Atonement
  17.   Indwelling
  18.   Distrust
  19.   The Poisoning
  20.   Spirit Fall
  21.   Hidden
  22.   ...To Nothing
  23.   No Grave Concern
  24.   Obstruction
  25.   Truth Solution
  26.   Screwtape
  27.   They Were One
  28.   Rules of Engagement
  29.   Ignite
  30.   Send Your Regrets
  31.   Burn the End
  32.   Hand of the Dead
  33.   Altered Life
  34.   Bloodwork
  35.   Non-Existent
  36.   Phargx Imas
  37.   Awakening
  38.   Not My Own
  39.   Unseen
  40.   Unfit to Live
  41.   God Is My Home
  42.   Reborn Empowered
  43.   Straw Man
  44.   Ghost Thief
  45.   The Reckoning
  46.   Love Forgives
  47.   In Christ
  48.   The Martyr
  49.   Symbiotic
  50.   Local Vengeance Killing
  51.   Breathing Murder
  52.   Inhabit
  53.   In the Shadow
  54.   Without Distinction
  55.   Distorted
  56.   Haven of Blasphemy
  57.   Emerge
  58.   Anorexia Spiritual
  59.   Walls of Separation
  60.   Organized Lie
  61.   The Prodigal
  62.   Enthroned
  63.   Something More
  64.   Flatline
  65.   Chemical Straightjacket
  66.   Void Expression
  67.   Sudden
  68.   Sorrow Banished
  69.   Killers
  70.   Mind Distant
  71.   Second Death
  72.   Liar
  73.   Darkened
  74.   Conditional
  75.   180
  76.   Separation
  77.   Imminent War
  78.   Perfect
  79.   American Made
  80.   Violence
  81.   Internal Unrest
  82.   Subtle Alliance
  83.   Not Beneath
  84.   Apostasy
  85.   Overkill Exposure
  86.   Despair
  87.   Your War
  88.   Sellout
  89.   Enthroned '98
  90.   Before
  91.   Mask

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