222. Human Sacrifice – Vengeance (Rising)
HUMAN SACRIFICE (1988)
Before having to change the name of the band for contractual reasons to Vengeance Rising, the band Vengeance released their debut album on Frontline records and CCM has never recovered.
Well before similar bands would become the norm, Vengeance burst on to the scene with controversy exploding at every turn. From the graphic cover, to the “demonic” growling lead vocals, to the scary images of the band, there was just never a moment of rest for Frontline Sales reps.
Despite all that the album sold…and sold VERY well.
Lyrically no one could complain about the straight ahead, theologically sound and very conservative evangelical content. In fact, as an apologetic for the band I used to read the lyrics to the bookstore owners and have them try and guess which Frontline artist had penned the songs. Not a single one got it right.
Thrash, grind core, death metal. Whatever label it was given could not do justice to describe the audio assault the album unleashed on the listener. Heavy, fast, pounding and oh, so loud! The oddest thing listening back again for this review is just how much melody is there. If not for the vocals it is not too far removed from Metallica, especially on songs like Mulligan’s Stew and White Throne. Great drumming and guitar work abound and are prevelant on every single song.
Those more familiar and attached to the genre will obviously complain the album should be higher. They may be right.
I will not deal in detail here with the demise of the band but it is a sad story. Several band members went on to form the short lived Die Happy while lead vocalist Roger Martinez turned to satanism and eventually atheism.