Living Sacrifice


Black Metalcore,Death Metal,Thrash

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Living Sacrifice is legendary. The Christian metal band’s influence runs deep throughout the scene. Former and current members of Living Sacrifice went on to play in bands such as Evanescence, P.O.D. and Norma Jean. Living Sacrifice broke up in 2002 but returned to the metal community with a vengeance in 2008.

"Living Sacrifice has been a huge influence on me, musically and spiritually," states Demon Hunter frontman and Grammy nominated graphic designer Ryan Clark. "From very early in my youth, when I first started taking an interest in heavy music, Living Sacrifice stood out as a band that displayed a greater level of skill, songwriting ability and professionalism. They are one of those bands that you can count on to continually release amazing material."

"Living Sacrifice was one of the first Christian heavy bands to be respected outside of the Christian scene," adds Underoathguitarist Tim McTague. "They definitely helped pave the way for our band’s crossover."

Living Sacrifice formed in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1989. Bruce Fitzhugh and Lance Garvin were teenagers when they got together with their friend DJ Johnson and later Jason Truby (who later went on to join P.O.D.) determined to create a metal band as musically uncompromising as the secular groups of the day with a positive lyrical message. This was practically unheard of at the time and to many quite controversial, blowing open doors and crossing preconceived boundaries with a mix of thrash and death metal across their first three albums: their 1991 self-titled debut, the following year’s Nonexistent and 1994’s Inhabit, a classic trio of primal heaviness all released by the now defunct R.E.X. Records.

With Bruce taking over from DJ, who left to pursue non-musical ministry, on lead vocals, Living Sacrifice as most of their fans know them came into being with the appropriately titled Reborn. Released in 1997, the album is a landmark for the genre and spawned countless imitators both within the Christian scene and outside. With boundaries further blurred, Living Sacrifice found even more acceptance by mainstream metal press and respect from fellow bands without compromising their artistic or spiritual vision whatsoever.

Rocky Gray and Arthur Green came onboard for 2000’s The Hammering Process, an even more mathematical affair that saw the further development of the band’s signature choppy, percussive riff-fueled style, all with Fitzhugh’s instantly recognizable voice, Garvin’s incredible and much-talked about drumming, and Gray’s adept "spider-fingers" shredding atop. Bleeding Through’s Brandan Schieppati hails the album as one of his biggest influences.

"You would be hard pressed to find bands who started during the time Living Sacrifice did that are still around making albums at all, let alone timeless and relevant metal," says Throwdown frontman Dave Peters. "Their musicianship is unreal, but I’ve always been blown away by the band’s songwriting ability. They never fail to make their songs tell a story but without following any kind of predictable formula or spinning off into tangents. And they are a riff factory!"

Conceived in Fire drove that point home further in 2002. Living Sacrifice’s first pairing with Andy Sneap as mixer resulted in another incredible slab of molten metal that turned a corner for the entire scene. Unfortunately, personal and musical commitments elsewhere (Gray’s drumming gig with Evanescence, for example) saw the dissolution of the group. However, after reconvening to record three new songs for a "best of" collection In Memoriam released in 2005, it was clear that the spirit of Living Sacrifice could not rest and the band was, once again, literally and figuratively "reborn."

In the past, audiences have witnessed their brutal live assault alongside such acts as Soulfly, P.O.D., Cannibal Corpse, Nile and many others. Little Rock, AR may not be known for it’s metal bands, but Living Sacrifice’s pursuit to constantly challenge aggressive music is something to mark on the map. You’ve seen their track record of devastation now bear witness to their zenith of musical destruction.

In 2008, Living Sacrifice released a two-song preview for the destruction that is to come, entitled The Death Machine. Fans immediately realized that this band, who paved the way for bands like Becoming The Archetype, A Plea For Purging, and even Bleeding Through and Winds Of Plague, had been gone for too long.

In 2010, the band released The Infinite Order through Solid State Records. The Infinite Order announces the return of Living Sacrifice with might and majesty. Powerful, forthright, thrashy and skillfully executed as ever, the album serves as an unapologetic reminder as to exactly why so many of today's heavy music leaders in bands big and small hold Living Sacrifice and their legacy in such high-esteem.

Says Bruce Fitzhugh, Living Sacrifice's front man. "(The Infinite Order) came together great. I could not be more pleased with the final mixes that Andy Sneap has done. We dug deep into our thrash roots on this one, I think. The album title refers to God and the universe. Man is finite and limited, our knowledge is limited. Wrestling with the concept of infinity is difficult, but there is true peace in trusting in God."

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Album Title Year Label
Living Sacrifice1991R.E.X. Records
Nonexistent1992R.E.X. Records
Inhabit1994R.E.X. Records
Reborn1997Solid State Records
The Hammering Process2000Solid State Records
Conceived in Fire2002Solid State Records
In Memoriam2005Solid State Records
Death Machine2008Independent
The Infinite Order2010Solid State Records



Little Rock


United States

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