Jul 262023

Well there is no need to go in to a lot of detail in this new press release as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the most iconic Christian thrash albums of all time, because what you are about to read and hopefully be able to obtain for your collections is the be all end all, everything you wanted to know about HUMAN SACRIFICE all wrapped up in to one beautiful package. Let ‘s jump right into it.

Roxx Records is taking this one to the extreme with no expense spared as we look back and celebrate what has arguably become the stepping stone for all other Christian thrash, speed and even death metal releases that have come after it… VENGEANCE “HUMAN SACRIFICE”

This time we have two brand new beautiful fully licensed products coming your way, but with a very special twist. For starters we have a brand new 35th anniversary ultimate remaster CD commemorating this year’s special anniversary. This new CD is limited to a one time 300 piece pressing only. And for an extra special item this year we bring you the first ever fully remastered 35th anniversary limited edition ‘RED’ cassette tape edition of Human Sacrifice limited to only 200 copies. But we are just getting started folks.

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Jun 232023

Human Sacrifice is the first studio album by the Christian death and thrash metal band Vengeance Rising. It is the first full length Christian thrash metal album as it was released in 1988. Though controversial, Human Sacrifice and the following album, Once Dead (1990) were huge successes in the world of Christian metal, making Vengeance Rising one of the few bands in the genre to cross over into the secular music scene.

Human Sacrifice is said to be one of the more extreme Christian metal albums that was available in the 1980s.

The lyrics of Human Sacrifice retell several major points of Christ’s ministry: His incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and Second Coming. The band compares the form to that of an opera, with a dramatic beginning, middle, and ending.

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Sep 062018

The legendary thrash band Vengeance Rising made an attempted comeback once again this year, at Sacrivox Music Fest. (formerly SoCal Metal Fest), with the original lineup alongside Jim Settle of Hand of Fire. And now, continuing on the legacy of years past, Once Dead has returned as well. The band formed in 2004, however went on a hiatus of sorts in 2008, releasing “Visions of Hell” the same year. Continue reading »

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 »