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A must have classic!

This is a must have classic of the original Vengeance Rising line up-Roger Martinez(vocals)-Larry Farkas(lead guitar)-Doug Thieme(Rythme Guitar)-Roger Dale Martin(Bass)-Glen Mancaruso(Drums). These guys wrote awesome groove-oriented thrash music-with christian lyrics(I wish many bands today would be as bold lyrically as these guys were).

It won`t take long to dig up dirt online as to what happened to the band`s premature ending, but in my opinion their legacy is what can happen to those who sell out for Christ & use their talents for His Kingdom. Great metal bands like Demon Hunter & As I Lay Dying may have never formed if not for Vengeance Rising blazing the trail.

A lot of us old metal head`s miss Vengeance Rising! God Bless!


ONE OF THE GREATEST METAL ALBUMS OF ALL TIME! Larry Farkas belongs in the PANTHEON of GREAT guitarists!

Very powerful album

With the exception of a mis-labeling in the songs (titles for 7 and 10 are switched) this is a phenomenal album. This sophomore release from the renamed band (originally named just Vengeance) is a bit more groovier than the first release, but still extremely heavy. There's not a bad one in the bunch. Even though they're a Christian band, don't get turned off by that … check it out for yourself. Vengeance Rising was once listed as the heaviest band in the world – secular or Christian. Some personal favorites are Arise, which speaks about getting off our duffs and living a life worthy of the Lord, and Into The Abyss … which has a slower death/shock metal feel to it. Songs that kick up the tempo include Cut Into Pieces, Herod's Violent Death, The Wrath to Come, Out of the Will, The Whipping Post and Among the Dead. The cover of Deep Purple's Space Truckin' is a cool take on a classic song.


Formed: 1987

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Vengeance Rising has one of the most entertaining and bizarre stories in the realm of heavy metal. Formed in 1987 by singer Roger Martinez, guitarists Larry Farkes and Doug Theime, bassist Roger Dale Martin, and drummer Glenn Mancaruso, the band was a Christian variation on the emerging death metal scene. This lineup produced two albums that were huge successes in the world of Christian music, making them one of the few bands in the genre to cross over into the secular music scene. They played both...
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