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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, Rovi
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He songs for God that is why he can keep doing it like that
I got to see Living Sacrifice in concert back in 2007 in Houston,TX! They were awesome. Along with Demon Hunter, Oh Sleeper, and a few others. Great band.
i wonder how these guys do it..... i mean his throat is taking a beating?!
Pandora, you are one of my closest allies in the fight against boredom, but PLEASE get the reborn album on here! Next to conceived in fire that is their best work
Great stuff there
Dharma, The Hammering Process is a must. They musically made a jump putting in a lot more percussion ( a slipknot type reference) It sounds great. But since then when they got back together after a hiatus, The Infinite Order has a throwback type feel to it. Try that one out. Cheers!
AGAIN... their 1st album is the best, believe it's self titled (?)... singer actually sang notes, not the sore throat voice... too bad pandora doesn't have the complete Discography of some of these great Christian metal bands...
Just checked out what u listen to and I can't even believe u would make a comment about this music u don't listen to bad stuff but u don't even listen to anything like this so have some class and respect to stick with stuff u know I love all music I do like this stuff the most and it dosent sound the same at all
They totally suck and sound like all other bands of this genre.
Despair, ghost thief, and organized lie are my favorite LS songs
This is an amazing heavy metal band! And Christian!
Heard the song Local Vengeance Killing, and thought is was Meshuggah. I was shocked, cuz' I'm never wrong. :P Liked it tho'
I love it all keep bringing it
contact77684
I like their old style way better than their metalcore... Slayer thrash/death ! ! !
Awesome just awesome
I was a Living Sacrifice fan until The Hammering Process, but I'm trying to give them another chance. Has anything they did since then been any good?
mortified21
i LOVE living sacrifice!!! totally agree with Tom Manor
These folks have been around for a long time and still sound awesome. They have adapted well over the years.
Wow ls fanbase .
these guys are so rad
Seen them a few years ago they owned the stage the best
Old, yet sounds like they've just come out every time. Beautiful.
Hmm..this band seems promising... . . I know that the lead singer was once featured on a Demon Hunter song. Sixteen, if I'm correct.
they got more albums then that
whare is there older stuff
I would have to say that that band is an overall good solid band despite thier metalcore crossover , however all of thier old school stuff like inhabit , self title , non - existent is off the wall straight up metal i used to to listen to bands such as morbid angel. sepultura, slayer and , celtic frost and this bad has replaced a number of those satanic/luci f e r i a n bands that i used to listen to
i think all the albums of Living Sacrifice are fantastic because when they are LIVE they completely rock ! unlike a lot of non-christia n metal bands that go up on stage completely hammered drunk and can barely play.
These guys if you watch them play its amazing how they are really praising God WITH EVERYTHING THEY HAVE and are not just in it for money plus with each also with each new album their skills on the instruments are noticeably better
Hammering process. Man that is a great album.
their first three albums were extremely heavy, and i think inhabit may be their best album. none of them are here. thumbs down pandora.
i seriously think its awesome that my brothers band in on pandora full bio and all :) LOOOOVE!
Living Sacrifice is good. These albums suck! Go listen to their Self-titled and Non-Existent albums. MUCH BETTER!!!!
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truthnexile
The metal onslaught lives on. One of my long-time favorites, from back when it was about the music and the message. These little emo kids have no idea.
zpike64111
Black metal and death metal precede screamo. This is not by any means screamo. Screamo is the unholy fusion of sorry emo bands that like to play some metal chords and scream. Their irritating form of metal will eventually dies off along with their crappy emo vocals. The growling and screaming, however, are here to stay. If you don't like those, metal may not really be for you.
This band is awesome, guys help me out. I'd like to find some christian band with a style similar to LS, but with less screamo, I'm not a big fan of the growlin stuff, any ideas, please?
There is an entire list on wikipedia of christian meatal bands.
adamsb
This band is awesome. (And I'm an atheist!)
jaygbca
wow thats some pretty sik stuf
@Cameron
Nashville isn't the same though!
xxem0xgamrxx
@Lord Orndorff

Demon Hunter Played in Nashville a few months back, I was there. AILD headlined.
Hey Phillip, I'm not trying to be the information police, but although P.O.D and LS toured together some, the drummer for P.O.D (Noah Bernardo) was never in LS. One of LS's old guitarists, Jason Truby, played with P.O.D for awhile after he left LS, though!
Good grief Mike, bible beaters make all the rest of us Christians look really ignorant don't they? No wonder so many people hate us.
Living Sacrifice changed my view on christian metal...I had a bible beater tell me that metal is satanic and when L.S. was put in her face she said that they're no christians.. A L L METAL COMES FROM SATAN...Well , I assure you my friends they're are very religious... Peace, -CRUMB
I really wish Living Sacrifice would come to Knoxville, TN. But NO. All we get over here in East Tennessee is gewd ole' cuntry and crappy christian contemporary bands that "the crowd" likes. I see plenty of Casting Crowns and Reliant K, but no Becoming the Archetype, Demon Hunter, or Living Sacrifice.
I hate Knoxville. And its weather, I hate that too.
Whoa, really? that's awesome. Now about LS, I have always liked their music. But when they haven't come out with a new album in 8 years, they got extremely boring after a while. I almost deleted them from my iPod to gain extra space. After hearing of their new album, I was REALLY happy. I need to get that album. It sounds freakin' awesome.
phillipbesse m e r
The drummer from P.O.D is from this band
Wake up andreworndor f f ! A lot of great metal christian bands out there! I believe check out SOMA.com San Diego metal theatre. Thanks for the input Pandora.

Later
New album coming soon. Check out new tunes on Myspace
one thing i hate about pandora is you thumbs up a couple christan death metal bands that sound good and then all you get is christian bands. i like some of them but thats not the only thing i want to listen to.
I heard these guys split up not too long ago.
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