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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.

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 Learn Intense Records
1993 Intense Live Series Vol. 1 Intense Records
1994 River Disturbance Brainstorm Artists International
1995 Camelot in Smithereens Intense Records
1995 X A Decade of… Intense Records
2000 Back in the Day: The First Four Years Magdalene Records
2001 Assimilation Indie Dream
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! Roxx Records
2018 The Subversive Kind Roxx Records

Greeting of Death

1985 Independent
2019 Retroactive Records (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)

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)
2017 Bombworks Records (BWCD1405)

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

  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)