Generally speaking, I avoid posting about anything metal-related, primarily because I don’t want to attract metal fans and all their excessively strong, unsolicited opinions and butthurt, humorless comments. But there are exceptions to every rule (via cliches), and there are some things that just can’t be passed up.
Is this how I sounded in the CMHWAK interview? What can I say, we are both West Coast bros who like to get down like that.
This retrospective on Christian hardcore and metal by former Tooth & Nail/Solid State A&R Roy Culver is one of those things. It features a bunch of sweet bands like LIVING SACRIFICE and BELIEVER, but most importantly it includes a look at Roger Martinez of VENGEANCE RISING, who went full retard in spectacular fashion (and I predict many of today’s metalcore4christ icons will follow in his footsteps, via extremism and immaturity):
After the release of Once Dead, the band’s second record, everyone left Vengeance Rising except Martinez who would go on to release a record called Released Upon the Earth. It was shortly after the release of this album that Roger began speaking out against Christianity, the church, his former band-mates, his record label and calling himself a Satanist and/or an atheist (they were one and the same in the circles he used to run in) depending on which interview you read. Sometimes he was lucid but more often than not he sounded insane as he made threats to hurt if not outright kill the people he formerly played music or worked in ministry with.