On the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking release of the thrash masterpiece Human Sacrifice, Roxx Records has released a previously unheard original mix of the album stripped of all effects.
Vengeance Rising as they’ve been known since 1989 is one of those iconic bands metalheads should know. Formed back in 1987 and originally just as Vengeance, the band’s first release was labeled by many including Doug van Pelt of HM as “the most radical Christian album ever released” and for good reason. At a time when Stryper was considered heavy, Vengeance literally destroyed that concept with their blend of rapid fire drums, raspy shouted/growled vocals and fast guitar riffs sounding much like contemporaries in the regular music world including Slayer and Dark Angel. The history of the band is a saga all of its own and would fill several pages as it includes band members leaving the faith, internal band squabbles and ultimately some near reunion shows with different vocalists replacing Roger Martinez.
As advertised, this mix of Human Sacrifice does away with all the studio production and provides what many would consider a more real, almost live experience. In many ways, it’s as if the band set up in a small room and is playing the songs in front of you. While not quite the same as the previously released version, this one is not a low quality demo by any means and could have stood on its own.