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Deliverance

Speed/Thrash Metal
Los Angeles, California, USA

Deliverance is an American Christian thrash metal band which later shifted more towards heavy metal and progressive metal. Founded by Jimmy P. Brown II in 1985, many members have either stayed in the lineup for a number of years, or left and returned to the lineup. Jimmy P. Brown II has been the only constant member of Deliverance.

Deliverance formed in 1985 as a speed metal outfit, where the Christian metal community first encountered them on the compilation album California Metal. They released their self-titled debut album Deliverance in 1989 with Jimmy P. Brown II (guitars and lead vocals), Glenn Rogers (lead guitar), Brian Khairullah (bass), and Chris Hyde (drums). In 1989, Deliverance's track “If You Will” from their self-titled album appeared on Hot Metal Summer II along with a recorded interview.

Deliverance garnered significant attention in the Christian metal community with their 1990 release Weapons of Our Warfare. During this time, the band replaced guitarist Glenn Rogers with George Ochoa. Deliverance released a video on MTV for the title track of Weapons. The track was also included on Intense Records compilation album Hot Metal Summer III Hot Licks - Cold Facts.

During the production of their third album, What a Joke, Brian Khairullah and Chris Hyde were replaced with Mike Grato and Kevin Lee respectively. The album did not perform as well, and tensions within the band resulted in the departure of George Ochoa.

Their fourth album was a major change in direction for the band musically. Stay of Execution went in a more progressive metal direction, complete with new guitarist Mike Phillips.

In an interview with Doug Van Pelt of HM Magazine, when asked about the musical change, Jimmy P. Brown explained:

“I got tired of being labeled 'Oh, there's Deliverance…. the Metallica clones are back.' You know, that got really old. Because in a sense we were kind of ripping them off. But I definitely know that the Lord wants us to be original. I want to be original. So I think it was time.”

While this move did anger fans at the time, others feel that Stay represents Deliverance's best work. Their fifth album, Learn, continued in a progressive direction with new bassist Manny Morales and lead guitarist Jonathan Maddux. From this time on, the other positions in the band changed with increasing frequency, but the core of the band remained Jimmy Brown and Manny Morales.

Deliverance released River Disturbance in 1994 and Camelot in Smithereens in 1995. Camelot was the poorest seller in the Deliverance catalog at the time.

After a four-year hiatus, Deliverance resurfaced in 2000 and began recording their next studio album, Assimilation, which was released in the following year. Assimilation represented another change in style with a shift towards a more electronic/industrial sound. Deliverance again went on hiatus until 2006.

In 2006, Deliverance reformed with a lineup of Jimmy P. Brown II, Mike Phillips, Corin Jae Scott, Tim Kronyak, and Mike Reed. The band's next album As Above - So Below was released on April 24, 2007. The album featured a mix of all their past material (musically) with some more modern metal elements.

Deliverance announced they would be releasing a new album sometime in 2010 called The Annals of Subterfuge. This would mark Deliverance's 25th Anniversary. Though rumors persist of reuniting with past members, it became apparent that Jimmy would be recording the upcoming album with Mike Phillips. This album was never released under this title, but apparently morphed into their next album.

Though the group officially disbanded in 1996, there have been fan demands for concert performances and new albums which caused the intermittent reunions every 4–5 years. Jimmy P. Brown II spent about 10 years working in the casino industry in Las Vegas, but currently resides in Alabama continuing his career with the casino industry. Jimmy has been quoted as saying: “I moved to Alabama to be close with my family, and to try regain normalcy for my family. Having lived in the fantasy land of Las Vegas for the past 10 years, I wanted to stay in the casino biz, but didn't want my kids growing up the Vegas way”.

In 2010, Deliverance played the only show without Jimmy P. Brown II at NordicFest.

On May 20, 2011 Mike Phillips announced that Deliverance was finally coming to end and would be performing their final show in August 2011. However, by July 2012, Deliverance had resurfaced again and been working on their tenth studio album Hear What I Say!, which was released on September 3, 2013 on Roxx Records and was originally labeled as their final album.

Though Brown stated that Hear What I Say! would be the last album, he announced that Deliverance would release new material in 2016. The band, whose lineup consists of former guitarist George Ochoa, former drummer Jim Chaffin and bassist Victor Máciás, played Exodo Fest in Mexico with Silent Planet and Grave Robber. In 2017, the self-titled album was re-released on vinyl through Roxx, and Weapons of Our Warfare was re-released through Bombworks Records. Later on in the year, it was announced that guitarist Glenn Rogers had returned to the band and that Ochoa had departed. It was also stated that Greg Minier (The Crucified) would record solos on the album. On September 28, 2017, it was announced that Deliverance had signed to Roxx Records and 3 Frogz Records, who released the band's eleventh studio album, The Subversive Kind, in early 2018. On October 28, 2017, the band released their debut single off of the album, “The Black Hand”, accompanied with a lyric video.

Outside of Deliverance, Jimmy Brown has had several side projects. One was the electronica-industrial-gothic group Fearful Symmetry. The project name was taken from the poem “The Tyger” by William Blake. This group released two albums, This Sad Veil of Tears in 2002 and A Loss of Balance in 2005.

Also in 2005, Jimmy formed an outfit called Jupiter VI along with Brian Khairullah, Trevor Shannon, Mike Reed, and Tiberius Ahan. This band provided an outlet for Jimmy to express his love for glam rock, cited influences from Bowie, T-Rex, DA, Iggy Pop and others from the genre. They released two albums: Back From Mars in 2006 and Moveable Walls in 2014.

Jimmy P. Brown II has made several references to Queensrÿche throughout his career in Deliverance, not the least of which is the band name itself, taken from the title to track 3 on Queensrÿche's 1984 album, The Warning. Jimmy has never been bashful about honoring other musicians who have influenced him greatly. Along with his true musical heroes, David Bowie and Terry Scott Taylor, there is no question that Jimmy's greatest band influence will always be Queensrÿche.

Other references include:

  • “Lord of Dreams”, track 7 from their 1992 album, Stay of Execution contains the lyric “dream control is so hard to achieve, mastered through some evil scheme”. This is a direct reference to Queensrÿche's 1990 super hit “Silent Lucidity” from the album Empire (where the lyrics say “if you persist in your efforts, you can achieve Dream Control”). Both the Deliverance and Queensrÿche songs are dealing with dreams.
  • “Renew,” track 5 from their 1993 album, Learn, contains the phrase, “Even dead you still seem sad,” a reference to the line “Even in death you still look sad” from “Electric Requiem”, track 10 from Queensrÿche's 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime.
  • “Stay of Execution” track 1 from their 1992 album Stay of Execution, includes a sound effect of a phone ringing twice followed by someone saying “Hello?,” a reference to the beginning of “Operation: Mindcrime”, track 4 from Queensrÿche's 1988 album, Operation: Mindcrime.
  • “Speed of Light”, track 5 from their 1994 album, River Disturbance, contains the phrase, “Until we see your shadow casting on us once again,” a reference to the line, “Oh let me see you standing in the shadows once again” from “London”, track 9 from Queensrÿche's 1986 album, Rage for Order.
  • “Assimilation”, track 3 from their 2001 album of the same name contains the phrase, “Screaming In Digital,” a reference to the song title of track 10 from Queensrÿche's 1986 album, Rage for Order.
  • The cover art for Hear What I Say! (2013) is stylistically similar to the cover art for Queensrÿche's Operation: Mindcrime. Further, the title is synonymous with “hey, listen to me!”, a phrase heard in “Speak” from Operation: Mindcrime.

Discography

1985 Greeting of Death
1989 Deliverance Intense Records
1990 Weapons of Our Warfare Intense Records
1991 What a Joke Intense Records
1992 Stay of Execution Intense Records
1993 Intense Live Series Vol. 1 Intense Records
1993 Learn Intense Records
1994 River Disturbance Brainstorm Artists International
1995 X A Decade of… Intense Records
1995 Camelot in Smithereens Intense Records
2000 Back in the Day: The First Four Years Magdalene Records
2001 Assimilation Indie Dream Records
2001 Live at Cornerstone 2001 Magdalene Records
2001 Greetings of Death, etc. Magdalene Records
2007 As Above - So Below Retroactive Records
2013 Hear What I Say! 3 Frogz Records / Roxx Records
2018 The Subversive Kind Roxx Records

Greeting of Death

1985 Independent
2019 Retroactive Records (CD, Vinyl, Tape reissue) (RRCD1501)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, guitars
Glenn Rogers - Guitars
Brian Khairullah - Bass
Chris Hyde - Drums

  1. Victory (3:35)
  2. Greetings of Death (2:57)
  3. No Time (4:22)
  4. J.I.G. (0:41)
  5. Speckled Bird (1:17)
  6. Awake (4:57)
2019 Bonus Tracks
  1. A Space Called You
  2. Attack

Deliverance

1989 Intense Records (CD09072)
2008 Retroactive Records (RAR7862)
2017 Roxx Records (RRCD-DEL003) / No Life 'til Metal Records (NLTM0002) (vinyl re-issue)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Lead vocals, guitar
Glenn Rogers - Lead guitar
Brian Khairullah - Bass guitar
Chris Hyde - Drums

  1. Victors (3:44)
  2. No Time (4:28)
  3. Deliverance (3:03)
  4. If You Will (4:43)
  5. The Call (3:40)
  6. No Love (3:20)
  7. Blood of the Covenant (4:50)
  8. Jehovah Jireh (3:35)
  9. Temporary Insanity (5:25)
  10. Awake (6:05)
2008 Bonus Tracks
  1. A Space Called You (3:53)
  2. Attack (3:45)

Weapons of Our Warfare

1990 Intense Records (CD09089)
2008 Retroactive Records (RAR7863)
2014 Roxx Records (RRLP-DEL01) (vinyl reissue)
2017 Bombworks Records (BWCD1405) (CD, vinyl reissue)

Jimmy P. Brown II - All vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar
George Ochoa - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
Brian Khairullah - Bass
Chris Hyde - Drums

  1. Supplication (1:48)
  2. This Present Darkness (2:47)
  3. Weapons of Our Warfare (4:25)
  4. Solitude (6:05)
  5. Flesh and Blood (7:27)
  6. Bought by Blood (3:17)
  7. 23 (5:49)
  8. Slay the Wicked (4:03)
  9. Greetings of Death (2:49)
  10. If We Faint Not (4:25)
2008 Bonus Track
  1. Rescue (4:43)

What a Joke

1991 Intense Records (FLD9253)
2011 Intense Millennium Records (IMR 008)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, rhythm guitar, talkbox
George Ochoa - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
Mike Grato - Bass
Kevin Lee - Drums

  1. Intro (0:17)
  2. Prophet of Idiocy (3:27)
  3. Pseudo Intellectual (7:15)
  4. Cheeseburger Maker Du (0:08)
  5. What a Joke (6:21)
  6. Chipped Beef (2:04)
  7. After Forever (5:26)
  8. It’s the Beat (1:58)
  9. A Product of Society (4:43)
  10. Happy Star (0:05)
  11. J.P.D. (0:17)
  12. Pray (0:41)
  13. Silent Night (5:00)
  14. J.I.G. (2:11)
  15. Purgatory Sandwich With Mustard (2:59)
  16. Attack (3:38)
2011 Bonus Track
  1. Strings of Sorrow (1:42)

Stay of Execution

1992 Intense Records (FLD9403)
2014 Roxx Records (RRCD-DEL04)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar
Mike Phillips - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar
Mike Grato - Bass on tracks 1 to 6, 8, 10
Brian Khairullah - Bass on tracks 7 and 9
Kevin P. Lee - Drums, percussion

Gene Eugene - Rhodes
Rob Watson - Keyboards
Eric Clayton - Backing vocals
Jerry Chamberlain - Backing vocals
Love Larrimore - Backing vocals
Terry Scott Taylor - Backing vocals

Produced by Terry Scott Taylor

  1. Stay of Execution (4:34)
  2. Windows of the Soul (4:58)
  3. Words to the… (4:23)
  4. From Once Was (3:58)
  5. Self-Monger (3:29)
  6. Horrendous Disc (5:27)
  7. Lord of Dreams (5:04)
  8. Ramming Speed (5:48)
  9. Entombed (3:46)
  10. Weapons of Our Warfare (remix) (3:39)
2014 Bonus Tracks
  1. Flesh & Blood (25th Anniversary Recording)
  2. In U (25th Anniversary Recording)
  3. What A Joke! (2014 Recording featuring George Ochoa)

Intense Live Series Vol. 1

1993 Intense Records (FLD9429)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, guitar
Mike Phillips - Guitar
Brian Khairullah - Bass
Kevin Lee - Drums

Produced by Terry Scott Taylor

  1. In Studio (0:53)
  2. Surrender (4:59)
  3. No Love (3:19)
  4. In Studio (0:16)
  5. This Present Darkness (2:39)
  6. In Studio (0:56)
  7. Stay of Execution (4:19)
  8. In Studio (0:23)
  9. The Call (4:57)
  10. In Studio (0:10)
  11. No Time (5:17)

Learn

1993 Intense Records (FLD9454)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, keyboards
Jon Maddux - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Manny Morales - 5 string bass
Jon Knox - Drums, percussion

Melissa Hansen - Cello on tracks 1 and 8
Riki Michele - Backing vocals
Charles Brown - Backing vocals

Produced by Terry Scott Taylor

  1. Time (6:19)
  2. 1990 (7:01)
  3. Learn (5:29)
  4. Who am I? (4:45)
  5. Renew (3:44)
  6. The Rain (5:14)
  7. Reflection (1:43)
  8. In the Will (4:53)
  9. Desperate Cries (3:48)
  10. Sanctuary (7:01)

River Disturbance

1994 Brainstorm Artists International (7512685092)
2007 Retroactive Records (RAR7853)
2018 Retroactive Records (RRCD1459) (Vinyl, CD reissue)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Lead vocals, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, keyboards, twelve-string guitar
Jonathan Maddux - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, guitar treatments, noise guitar
Manny Morales - 5-string bass, fretless bass
Jon Knox - Drums, percussion
Jeff Mason - Drums, percussion

Gene Eugene - Piano on track 8

Produced by Jimmy P. Brown II and Terry Scott Taylor

  1. Belltown (4:39)
  2. After I Fell (4:22)
  3. River Disturbance (6:36)
  4. Now & Then (4:33)
  5. Speed of Light (4:54)
  6. A Little Sleep (3:44)
  7. Map (4:52)
  8. You Still Smile (7:06)
  9. Breathing Still (8:01)
2007 Bonus Tracks
  1. I Thought
  2. On the Fritz
  3. Belltown (Hyper Remix)
  4. A Word from Jimmy P. Brown

X A Decade of...

1995 Intense Records (FLD9495)

  1. Victory (3:46)
  2. No Time (4:31)
  3. The Call (4:10)
  4. Flesh & Blood (7:27)
  5. This Present Darkness (2:47)
  6. Rescue (4:40)
  7. After Forever (5:24)
  8. Prophet of Idiocy (3:25)
  9. Words to the… (4:23)
  10. Ramming Speed (5:46)
  11. Stay of Execution (5:16)
  12. Learn (5:28)
  13. Desperate Cries (3:48)
  14. Sanctuary (6:59)

Tracks 1-3 taken from Deliverance
Tracks 4-5 taken from Weapons of Our Warfare
Track 6 previously unreleased (recorded during the Weapons of Our Warfare sessions)
Tracks 7-8 taken from What a Joke
Tracks 9-10 taken from Stay of Execution
Track 11 taken from Intense Live Series vol 1
Tracks 12-14 taken from Learn


Camelot in Smithereens

1995 Intense Records (FLD9543)

Oso (Jimmy P. Brown II) - Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Tiburon - Guitar
Wolfie - Bass
Flaco (Jeff Mason) - Drums, percussion

  1. Somber Theme (Where Are You) (5:54)
  2. Lindsey (4:51)
  3. Not Too Good 4 Me (5:09)
  4. Anymore (4:15)
  5. Book Ends (6:58)
  6. Beauty & The Beast (3:26)
  7. Make My Bed in Hell (4:51)
  8. The Red Roof (5:20)
  9. In-U (4:30)

Back in the Day: The First Four Years

2000 Magdalene Records (M8D-1079)
2007 Retroactive Records (RAR7834)

  1. Narration
  2. Who Will Save the Children
  3. Stand Up and Fight
  4. Narration
  5. No Time
  6. Narration
  7. Talk From the Stage
  8. Fortress
  9. Deliverance
  10. Narration
  11. Attack
  12. A Space Called You
  13. Narration
  14. Hold on Tightly
  15. J.I.G.
  16. Temporary Insanity

Originally a self-released tape sold at shows by the band.
Contains various live and studio recordings from 1985-1988.
The “Narrations” are comments by Jimmy P. Brown II.


Assimilation

2001 Indie Dream Records (ID070)
2007 Retroactive Records (RAR7839)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, keyboards
Justin DeTie - Lead guitar
David Gilbreath - Keyboards, programming
Manny Morales - 5 string bass
Jim Calvert - Drums

  1. The Limitless Light
  2. From the Beginning
  3. Assimilation
  4. The Circle
  5. Sell Your Soul…
  6. The Search
  7. The Learned Man
  8. Between 2 Worlds
  9. Impressions
  10. Save Me From…
2007 Bonus Disc: Assimilation Demos
  1. The Limitless Light
  2. Sell Your Soul
  3. The Search
  4. Save Me From…
  5. Assimilation
  6. Between 2 Worlds
  7. The Limitless Light
  8. The Circle
  9. Sell Your Soul
  10. The Search
  11. Impressions
  12. The Learned Man
  13. From the Beginning
  14. Save Me From…

Live at Cornerstone 2001

2001 Magdalene Records (M8D-1120)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, guitars, kazoo
Lael Conan - Guitars, jug
David Gilbreath - Keyboards, backing vocals, washboard
Manny Morales - 5 string bass, backing vocals, jaw harp
Ian Baird - Drums, spoons

Jim Calvert - Backing vocals, slide whistle

  1. Intro
  2. Stay of Execution
  3. Introductions
  4. No Time
  5. Learn
  6. What a Joke
  7. Belltown
  8. Psalm 23
  9. Weapons of Our Warfare
  10. Thanks
  11. Victory
  12. Words to the…
  13. Sanctuary

Greetings of Death, etc.

2001 Magdalene Records (MR1013)
2007 Retroactive Records (RAR7835)

  1. Victory
  2. Greetings of Death
  3. No Time
  4. J.I.G (Jesus Is God)
  5. Speckled Bird
  6. Awake
  7. Attack
  8. A Space Called You
  9. Weapons of Our Warfare
  10. This Present Darkness
  11. Greetings of Death
  12. Rescue
  13. Slay the Wicked
  14. Solitude
  15. 23
  16. Radio Interview (1992)

Tracks 1-6 taken from their first demo Greeting of Death
Tracks 7-8 are alternate mixes of the tracks released on the California Metal compilation
Tracks 9-15 taken from the Weapons of Our Warfare demo
Track 16 is a radio interview with Jimmy P. Brown II


As Above - So Below

2007 Retroactive Records (RAR7833)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, guitar
Mike Phillips - Lead guitar, rhythm guitar
Tim Kronyak - Bass guitar
Mike Reed - Drums

Kevin Lee - Drums on tracks 2, 6, and 7

Produce by Jimmy P. Brown II and Mike Phillips

  1. Legum Servi Sumus Ut Liberi Esse Possimus (Intro) (3:39)
  2. Cause & Effect (4:03)
  3. Return To Form (4:05)
  4. As Above - So Below (4:46)
  5. Screaming (4:33)
  6. Should We Cross Paths (4:02
  7. Contempt (4:02)
  8. Thistles (11:21)
  9. My Love (4:59)
  10. Enlightened (5:32)

Hear What I Say!

2013 3 Frogz Records / Roxx Records (RRCD-DEL02)
2019 Retroactive Records (RRCD1494) (CD, vinyl re-issue)

  1. Liber 111 (Intro)
  2. The Annals of Subterfuge
  3. Angst
  4. Hope Lies Beyond
  5. Detox
  6. Nude
  7. Passing
  8. A Perfect Sky
  9. Where Eagles Dare (Iron Maiden Cover)
  10. Entgiftung (German Version Of “Detox”)
2019 bonus track
  1. Spieluhr

The Subversive Kind

2018 Roxx Records (RRCD-DEL004)

Jimmy P. Brown II - Lead vocals, guitar
Glenn Rogers - Lead Guitar
Victor Macias - Bass
Victor Macias - Drums

Produced by Jimmy P. Brown II

  1. Bring 'Em Down
  2. Concept of the Other
  3. Center of It All
  4. The Black Hand
  5. Epilogue
  6. Listen Closely
  7. The Subversive Kind
  8. The Fold

Compilation Appearances

California Metal (1987 Regency Records)
05) A Space Called You (3:51)
08) Attack (3:44)

I Predict a Clone - A Steve Taylor Tribute 1994 R.E.X. Music)
08) On the Fritz (3:38 )

Rock - The Brainstorm Rock Collection (1994 Brainstorm Artists International)
10) I Thought