Living Sacrifice’s lengthy and impressive background stretches back again over ten years. The Arkansas-based steel music group has evolved off their early loss of life metal-inspired rumblings right into a crushing, staccato-driven, intensely percussive metallic behemoth that pummels listeners with extreme riffage along with a decidedly personal, though even so, frequently evangelical lyrical point of view. Founding associates Bruce Fitzhugh (guitars/vocals) and Lance Garvin (drums) possess survived through the band’s unique incarnation, refocusing their eyesight at every become something actually tastier with each part of their advancement. Living Sacrifice shaped in 1990, liberating their self-titled debut with the Christian-oriented R.E.X. Music the next year. These were originally fronted by vocalist/bassist DJ, who also continued to sing on 1992’s nonexistent and 1994’s Inhabit. All three albums had been seriously influenced from the people’ favorite rings: organizations like thrash metallic titans Metallica, Slayer, and Testament; and then-newer loss of life metal acts such as for example Obituary and Malevolent Creation. In 1995, their Nashville-based label folded, departing Living Sacrifice label-less. The music group could negotiate a offer that remaining them with the privileges with their recordings and absolve to pursue a fresh house. DJ exited the group because they pondered their following move, with Fitzhugh upgrading towards the vocalist placement, as Living Sacrifice started writing new materials with a far more stripped-down, nearly punk/hardcore-infused (though still decidedly extremely rock) path and producing demos. In 1996, the music group became re-energized, because of a multi-album cope with Seattle, WA’s Teeth and Toe nail and their recently formed Solid Condition imprint, which centered on heavier rings. The aptly entitled Reborn record surfaced in 1997, redefining the band’s musical concentrate and garnering them a slew of brand-new supporters — and most likely a few of their initial beyond the Christian music marketplace. Although music was decidedly even more straightforward, the lyrical concentrate stayed exactly the same, as well as the melodic electric guitar solos and fast-paced galloping drums continued to be. Regardless of the underground achievement of the record, with Living Sacrifice quickly learning to be a cornerstone music group on the brand new imprint’s roster, further lineup adjustments occurred. Founding guitarist Jason Truby and his just recently introduced sibling, bassist Chris Truby, exited the music group. They were changed by guitarist Rocky Grey, and bassist Arthur Green, past due from the Arkansas music group Eso-Charis. Green had not been the only person in Eso-Charis to become listed on up — drummer Matthew Putman quickly adopted. Putman was instrumental in fleshing out Living Sacrifice’s audio with extra percussion alongside Garvin, having a two-drummer strategy unique to weighty music; different actually from Sepultura, Neurosis, and Slipknot, who’ve all attempted extra percussion. This lineup documented an recording known as The Hammering Procedure, additional streamlining the band’s audio, decimating it into its bottom elements, powered by tempo and heavy electric guitar crunch without having to be tantamount to almost any musical “sellout.” Additional touring ensued throughout 2000 (per year that also noticed the reissuing from the band’s initial three albums via Solid Condition) and 2001, including many dates using the band’s close friends and previous labelmates, P.O.D. Living Sacrifice spent the latter-half of 2001 holed up in the practice area composing new materials. Garvin and Grey, on the other hand, released an record called THAT IS My Blood making use of their side project, Spirit Embraced, through Solid Condition, who also reissued an Eso-Charis recording.