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

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