Aug 192018

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.  Continue reading »

Jun 262018

It was 1988 when the Christian Metal Music scene was about to change and finally expand in to the extreme metal genre.  Southern California thrashers Vengeance with support and direction from Pastor Bob Beeman were about to unleash their debut album “Human Sacrifice”in hopes to reach the lives of those who needed something like this. They accomplished this wholeheartedly and at the same time shocked the world with its intensity and bold message.

Thirty years later and Human Sacrifice continues to make an impact on people’s lives and in the metal community. As 2018 brings in the official 30th anniversary of Human Sacrifice we are prepared to bring you something very special and unique as we celebrate this monumental release. Continue reading »

Jul 112017

It was 30 years ago in 1987 when Pastor Bob Beeman of Sanctuary International would be led to call together a very special group of musicians that would come together to form a new ministry minded band out of Southern California. With a lot of prayer and faith the players were assembled and the full band would come together to record and distribute their very first demo tape. That tape would be what many people still consider to be the beginning of a movement, one thing was certain it was about to make a lasting impression on the Christian music community.

That band was one of the very first in the genre of Christian thrash, that band was called Vengeance and that tape was their original 5 song self-titled cassette only demo. That tape would lead them to signing a multiple album record contract on Intense Records which ultimately led to the release of their first full length album entitled “Human Sacrifice”.

“Human Sacrifice” was one of the most controversial releases of the time. Many Christian record stores would ban the album from their shelves completely. The album featured the hand of Pastor Bob himself portraying the bloodied hand of Christ nailed to the cross. The music was harsh and in the vein of bands like Dark Angel and Slayer, it definitely took the Christian ‘White’ Metal scene to a whole new level. Continue reading »

Sep 282013

Human Sacrifice_2013There are some great iconic Christian metal bands out there that come immediately to mind when it comes to cementing their pivotal and vital role they played in the Christian music scene as a whole. Bands like Stryper, Whitecross, Bloodgood, Guardian, and Barren Cross a few which are household names today. Bands that forever changed how we perceive the Christian music scene and broke a few mindsets along the way.

Another one of these bands has to be Vengeance Rising, one of the most iconic and important metal bands to ever exist in the Christian music scene. In 1988 one of the most brutal albums made its debut onto the scene, an album that reflecting upon, help turn the tide on what one could expect from Christian metal and was instrumental in changing the Christian metal scene forevermore. This pivotal release was entitled, ‘Human Sacrifice’ which was release through Intense Records.

It is claimed that it started a musical revolution or movement with its fast style, heavy riffs and bold Christian lyrical content. They were not trying to fit in, but in so doing opened the floodgates through which many bands followed. The cover was brutal for the time, and that brutal-ness in terms of honest truth was also reflected in the lyrics. Their were no mincing of words. It was bold, courageous and honest and ultimately brutal. Continue reading »

Jul 262013

Vengeance Rising earlyIt was 25 years ago this year when the Christian Metal scene would be forever changed. Bands like Barren Cross, Guardian and Stryper were household names in Christian Metal at this point, playing Melodic and Power Metal styles for the Christian Metal mainstream. Up to this point no band had come along that appealed to the heavier Christian Metal masses with that speed and thrash metal sound that was so prevalent in the Metal mainstream.

The year was 1988 when Intense Records would unleash the most brutal Christian Metal release to date, a release that would forever change the scene and the Christian Metal Industry. That album was entitled ‘Human Sacrifice’ and the band responsible for its release to an unsuspecting world, Vengeance Rising. Continue reading »