In Memoriam Review

artist: Living Sacrifice date: 08/14/2006 category: compact discs
Living Sacrifice: In Memoriam
Release Date: Mar 29, 2005
Label: Solid State
Genres: CCM, Heavy Metal
Number Of Tracks: 16
Released in 2005, two years after the breakup of the band, this package includes three new songs, and a reverse-chronological look at the bands musical history, all the way back to the thrash days in 1989.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
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In Memoriam Reviewed by: ChurchPunk, on august 14, 2006
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Sound: Living Sacrifice was revolutionary. When they broke up in 2003, metal lost a revolutionary and innovative band. After almost 14 years of touring, recording, and writing, the cost of being on tour and the stress it put on the families of the band members who were always away forced them to retire. Living Sacrifice none-the-less left it mark on the metal scene, and the legacy continues to live on with In Memoriam. This package is really everything a fan of Living Sacrifice could want. Released in 2005, two years after the breakup of the band, this package includes three new songs, and a reverse-chronological look at the bands musical history, all the way back to the thrash days in 1989. It is simply a must have for fans, and a great place to start if you are new or unfamiliar with the band. Living Sacrifice changed a lot sonically in their career, and it is fitting that it covers all their styles. The first track, "In Christ", starts of heavy with a sweet riff and some awesome double bass, and is fast and heavy. Bruce comes in with his trademark growls, and kicks the song into high gear. And excellent song. Then another new one, "The Power Of God", which is all about another staple of Living Sacrifice: atmosphere. It is darker and slower, and a bit more deathy, and rocks. The last new track, "Killers", is the best of the new bunch. It has quick double bass, and a the main riff is really cool, and has a really thrashy solo. It would be interesting to see how this band would have evolved if they had stayed together. After that they launch into the old songs, 2 from each album, and a special song. From the album "Conceived In Fire" they have both "Symbiotic", a trademark LS song that is very popular, and "Send Your Regrets", another rocking one. Then onto the record "The Hammering Process". "Bloodwork" is up first. I have always loved the rhythm in that song. It is really cool. Then "Local Vengeance Killing", witch has a cool guitar solo to close it. One thing is quite obvious about this CD... they didn't always pick the most popular songs off the records, they picked the ones that best captured their sound at the time. Then on to "Reborn", the album that started the "new era" of Living Sacrifice's sound. This was right after the big line up change and the first with Bruce Fitzhuge on vocals. These three albums are the ones most people are familiar with. This album started their dark, mathy sound. They rip through tacks "Reborn Empowered" and "Reject"(the only music video LS ever made). Continuing on in order to their earliest record, the track "Enthroned 98" hits. This song was never on a Living Sacrifice album, it was on "This Is Solid State: Volume 1". It was one of the songs of the "Nonexistent" album, but with Bruce on vocals after the loss of DJ, the old vocalist. It is a nice little gift. Now we are getting into the old days of Living Sacrifice, when Jason Truby and Darren Johnson (DJ) were in the band. "Inhabit" was their second death metal release. They were really influenced by the Florida death metal scene for "Inhabit" with tracks "Breathing Murder" and "In The Shadow" great tracks with killer solos. Then onto their second album, "Nonexistent". The tracks off that album are "Distorted" and "Haven Of Blasphemy". Death-metal era Living Sacrifice was intense, and drummer Lance Garvin really showed off his skills on these two albums. They were uber heavy, un-melodic, and created an atmosphere of discourse. I love it, and it is true death metal. Great stuff, with crazy riffs, guttural vocals, and heavy guitars with lots of solos. It isn't for most people, but I love it! Then onto their debut album, "Living Sacrifice". This is when they were thrash, with lots of guitar solos and great riffs. "Obstruction" and "Anorexia Spiritual" are the two cuts. A great way to end an album that showcases all this band has to offer. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are all Christian and no matter what point in the career of the band you look at, they are pretty constant. The biggest thing that needs to be noted is the difference between Bruce's voice and DJ's voice. The last half of the CD is dominated with vocalist/bassist of the time DJ's voice. On the thrash album he had a pretty typical thrash voice, witch is cool. It was nothing special, but it got the job done. On the death metal albums, he sounds like he is dying. It makes since, but a lot of fans that aren't into death metal really hate those albums because of his voice. It is intense, and it fits, but a lot of people don't dig it. When DJ left after "Inhabit" with Jason, the bands sound shifted as guitarist Bruce Fitzhuge did double duty and took over vocals. I love his vocals, as they are growling and threatening. Bruce has a great voice for metal, and it fit the new style well. It is cool to see the shift on "In Memoriam" between vocalists. // 8

Overall Impression: This is a very well done documentary of LS's career and should not be missed by any metal fan. They are a band to find out about and to listen to. Do yourself a favor and check this CD out. I am also posting reviews of all the LS cd's on this site, so you can find out more about them. This is a very good look into the past of Living Sacrifice and is a great way to cap off the legacy that band left on the metal scene. Some of the latter death metal songs may not be as strong as the Thrash or as the 'reborn' sound of Living Sacrifice, and every fan has their own opinion on it. Another cool thing is that Bruce and Lance Garvin, the drummer, were in the band from start to finish, so it is neat to see how they progressed as individual musicians and grew over the different time periods of Living Sacrifice. This is not to be missed. // 9

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