"The Hammering Process" (Solid State; 2000)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Living Sacrifice is one of the few bands to attack the world with their Christian-tinged metalcore. Given the number of black metal bands that either worship Satan or pretend to worship Satan there is something refreshing and wholesome about high energy metal/hardcore that is on the opposite end of the religious spectrum. I've heard the term "white metal" thrown around about bands like Living Sacrifice; whether or not it fits is up to you.

Musically, a heavily percussive attack reminiscent of Fear Factory defines Living Sacrifice's sonic attack and gives Living Sacrifice their closest angle to the metal scene. Other heavy, modern bands such as Spineshank and Kilgore share musical heritage with Living Sacrifice. Living Sacrifice give their songs room and space to breathe almost like a good blues band would do or a good hard rock band would do by airing the riff-heavy songs with pauses and breaks even if they’re brief and to the point. Actual guitar solos exist on "The Hammering Process," this will be a shock to hardcore purists, but it's what separates Living Sacrifice from their pure hardcore brethren.

Heavily emotional and devout only scratches the surface of Living Sacrifice's musical vision. Inventive dual-guitar passages rounds out Living Sacrifice's heads-on frontal attack. Full of confidence and thoughtful approaches makes Living Sacrifice a band worthy of listening to.

Living Sacrifice is Bruce Fitzhugh on lead vocals and guitar, Rocky on guitar and vocals, Arthur Green on bass and vocals, Matthew Putman on percussion and vocals, and Lance Garvin on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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