|Review: Living Sacrifice - Conceived in Fire|
|Conceived in Fire|
Label: Solid State Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 7, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
for:Conceived in Fire
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t wary prior to spinning the latest record from Living Sacrifice. Never before had I delved into the realms of faith-based metal and really had no idea what exactly to expect. On that note, it obviously wouldn’t be difficult to impress me since I didn’t really have anything to base some form of expectation on. But from the get go, Conceived In Fire merits more attention that it has received. There must be a misunderstanding out there that metal influenced by the teachings of God must suck and isn’t worth any "troo" fan’s time. Without the pre-listen research I do on a band, I would have been none-the wiser to the fact that these guys played in the name of the lord. Musically, it’s hard to pinpoint what kind of sound Living Sacrifice could be categorized under. Somewhere between death metal and traditional heavy stuff along the lines of Pantera kicked up by a few decibels or so. The album definitely has a Southern feel to it, but doesn’t follow suit with the seemingly endless parade of copycat brutal metal bands coming out of the States.
Conceived In Fire is a very in your face record that never wears thin despite hosting a risky number of songs for this sort of band. The guitars crunch and grind as vocalist/axeman Bruce Fitzhugh barks away on the mic in a not-so harsh but undeniable manner. Solos, technical drumming and a variety of audile textures and paces are aplenty. There’s even room for a heartfelt semi-heavy ballad called Ignite and the chillin’ out instrumental Into Again. The bulk of the album totally crushes, sometimes bordering on hard/metal-core. The last song Reach for the Sky goes off on a bit of a rant about "waking up and seeing him," and by him I’m assuming that means God. Thankfully, this is the only decipherable sermon you’ll encounter on this record.
Throw away any inhibitions you might hold in regards to listening to a band dubbed as Christian metal because Conceived In Fire will catch you off guard with it’s sheer aggressiveness and excellent production.
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