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    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 persistent member of Deliverance.


    Early career and rise to near fame (1985–1991)

    Deliverance formed in 1985 as a speed metal outfit, where the Christian metal community first encountered them on the compilation album California Metal. They put forth 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).

    Jimmy Brown Remembering: I met Chris Hyde in 1985 when auditioning drummers to start a band. Chris showed up to my parents house with this huge double bass Gretsch kit and Paiste cymbals. Before he even played, I was like "he's in!" LOL... He told me he played in the band Holy Soldier, but had recently left the band and was looking for something new... 

    We warmed up with a Stryper song, then I asked if he knew anything secular. We both cowardly admitted that we like Sabbath. So I broke into Mob Rules, and Chris followed suit and just owned it!  We met again except this time, I showed him my own material. Without even planning it, Chris just started coming over and we would jam. We played our first show, only 3 songs. We opened for a band called 99 Times. We didn't have a name, so we went out under the name "anointed". We later changed the name to Deliverance, and away we went...




    I was only 15 years old when we met. Chris was 20... I remember we got along so well despite the age difference. It was our love of music and God that brought us close. Chris was a tongue talking, Holy Spirit filled bible believer, and wasn't ashamed to admit it! He always encouraged me to share from the stage and rain fire and brimstone at the audience! He would pray with me and for me! Such a great guy...


    I remember our first big concert, we wanted to make our presence known, so Chris picked me and my girlfriend Helen up at midnight 2 Saturday's before the show. He had 3 cans of spray adhesive, and we had 300 flyers and plastered high schools, bars, anything we could spray and stick! I remember months later the school where Helen went, they were still trying to scrape the flyers off the doors we had adhered them to... LOL... Chris called us "The Midnight Flyers"... 

    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.




    Four more albums and first breakup (1992–1996)
    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."

    —HM Video Magazine
    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.

    1992, Stay of Execution press photo.
    Left to right: Mike Phillips, Kevin Lee, Brian Khairullah, Jimmy P. Brown II.

    Reunion and second hiatus (2000–2010)
    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 retreated 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 bands next album As Above - So Below was released on April 24, 2007. Full length songs from the album can currently be heard on the band's official MySpace page. 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.

    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 has spent the past 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".

    Third breakup and another reunion (2011–present)
    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 is due for release on September 3, 2013 on Roxx Records and will be their final album.

    Outside Deliverance
    After Deliverance, Jimmy Brown started to work on a new project, electronica-industrial-gothic group Fearful Symmetry. The name is taken from the poem "The Tyger" by William Blake. The group has published two albums, This Sad Veil of Tears in 2002 and A Loss of Balance in 2005.

    Also in 2005, Jimmy formed a 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 one album titled "Back From Mars". Jupiter VI is currently working on their second release titled "A Message From Home Pt. I".

    Brian Khairullah, former bass guitarist, has since renounced his faith and has unflattering things to say about religion.

    References to Queensrÿche
    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". A direct reference to Queensrÿche's 1990 super hit "Silent Lucidity", track 8 from the album Empire where in 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.

    Criticism
    Along with other Christian metal groups, Deliverance was often accused of copying mainstream bands. Most notably, they were criticized for copying Metallica's style. Jimmy Brown brought this up in multiple interviews, noting the band was mocked as "Metalliclones".

    Discography

    1986 Demos

    Track List:

    01-Victory
    02-Greetings of Death
    03-No Time
    04-J.I.G
    05 – Speckled Bird
    06 – Awake



    • Deliverance (1989, Intense Records)
    Deliverance is the 1989 self-titled debut album by the Christian speed/thrash metal band Deliverance. The original Intense Records pressing is now considered a valuable collectable. It was reissued, minus 2 songs in 1998 on KMG Records as a 2 disc set along with the 1990 album Weapons of Our Warfare. It was officially re-released late 2008 with 2 bonus tracks on Retroactive Records. The album was ranked at number 44 on Metal Hammer magazine's top 50 thrash metal albums of all time list. In 2010, HM Magazine listed Deliverance #31 on its Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of All Time list stating that "'If You Will' into 'The Call' is almost as good as metal gets (-Doug Van Pelt)” and that "this record would forever change and impact me and the Christian metal music scene as we knew it!"(-Bill Balford). Heaven's Metal fanzine ranked it #3 on its Top 100 Christian metal albums of all time list.

    Track Listing:
    1. "Victory" 3:44
    2. "No Time" 4:28
    3. "Deliverance" 3:03
    4. "If You Will" 4:23
    5. "The Call" 4:10
    6. "No Love" 3:30
    7. "Blood of the Covenant" 4:50
    8. "Jehovah Jireh" 3:35
    9. "Temporary Insanity" 5:25 (missing on KMG Classic Archives Value Pak)
    10. "Awake" 6:03 (missing on KMG Classic Archives Value Pak)
    11. "A Space Called You" 3:51 (2008 Bonus Track)
    12. "Attack" 3:44 (2008 Bonus Track)
    Note: Both bonus tracks originally appeared on the California Metal compilation.

    Personnel
    Jimmy P. Brown II - vocals, guitars
    Glenn Rogers - guitars
    Brian Khairullah - bass guitar
    Chris Hyde - drums


    • Weapons of Our Warfare (1990 Intense Records)
    Weapons of Our Warfare is the second album by Christian speed/thrash metal band Deliverance and is considered by many to be the band's magnum opus. The album was originally released in 1990 on Intense Records and printings from that release are very rare and considered collector's items. The album was re-issued in 1998 as a two-disc set along with Deliverance on KMG Records. In 2008 Retroactive Records released a remastered version of the album with the bonus track "Rescue", originally released on the Decade of Deliverance compilation.

    Weapons of Our Warfare was released a year after the band's self-titled debut. Guitarist Glenn Rogers (Hirax) had left the band and former Recon guitarist George Ochoa joined in his place. James P. Brown II's highly technical rhythm guitar style drives most of the album. The band plays with controlled fury at fast tempos. The album marked musical growth with several extended, multi-sectioned compositions foreshadowing the band's later progressive epics.


    A video version of the title track placed among the top three on MTV's Headbanger's Ball countdown for twelve weeks in a row. In 1999, Lars Ulrich of Metallica hosted a show in which he named Deliverance Weapons... as one of his top ten favorite metal videos of all time.

    Track Listing:
    1. "Supplication" - 1:48
    2. "This Present Darkness" - 2:47
    3. "Weapons of Our Warfare" - 4:25
    4. "Solitude" - 6:03
    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

    11. "Rescue" - 4:43 (2008 Bonus Track)

    Personnel:
    Jimmy P. Brown II - All Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar
    George Ochoa - Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
    Brian Khairullah - Bass Guitar
    Chris Hyde - Drums


    • What a Joke (1991, Intense Records)
    What a Joke is a 1991 album by the Christian speed/thrash metal band Deliverance. It features many short "joke" songs, hence the title of the album. The album speaks out against those who think the idea of combining Christianity and heavy metal is evil, especially in the song "It's the Beat". "Silent Night" is a cover of the traditional Christmas carol and "After Forever" is a Black Sabbath cover. After being out of print for many years, the album was reissued in 2011 with new cover art on Intense Records.

    Track Listing:
    1. "Intro" 0:18
    2. "Prophet of Idiocy" 3:25
    3. "Pseudo Intellectual" 7:15
    4. "Cheeseburger Maker Du" 0:07
    5. "What A Joke" 6:20
    6. "Chipped Beef" 2:02
    7. "After Forever" (Black Sabbath cover) 5:25
    8. "It's the Beat" 1:56
    9. "A Product of Society" 4:42
    10 "Happy Star" 0:03
    11. "J.P.D." 0:18
    12. "Pray" 0:38
    13. "Silent Night" 4:57
    14. "J.I.G." 2:09
    15. "Purgatory Sandwich with Mustard" 2:58
    16. "Attack" 3:38

    17. "Strings of Sorrow" 1:42 (2011 Bonus Track)

    Personnel:
    Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, Guitars
    George Ochoa - Guitars
    Mike Grato - Bass Guitar
    Kevin Lee - Drums


    • Stay of Execution (1992, Intense Records)

    1. Stay of Execution 04:34
    2. Windows of the Soul 04:58
    3. Words to the...04:23
    4. From Once Was 03:58
    5. Self-Monger 03:29
    6. Horrendous Disc (Daniel Amos cover) 05:27
    7. Lord of Dreams 05:04
    8. Ramming Speed 05:48
    9. Entombed 03:46
    10. Weapons of Our Warfare (Remix) 03:39
    Personnel:
    Mike Phillips Guitars
    Kevin Lee Drums
    Brian Khairullah Bass

    Jimmy P. Brown II Vocals, Guitars

    • Learn (1993, Intense Records)
    1. Time 06:19
    2. 1990 07:01
    3. Learn 05:29
    4. Who Am I? 04:44
    5. Renew 03:44
    6. The Rain 05:14
    7. Reflection 01:43
    8. In the Will 04:53
    9. Desperate Cries 03:49

    10. Sanctuary (Daniel Amos cover)

    Jimmy P. Brown II Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
    Jonathan Maddux Guitars, Keyboards
    Manny Morales Bass
    Jon Knox


    • River Disturbance (1994, Brainstorm Artists, Intl)
    River Disturbance is a 1994 album by the Christian speed/thrash metal band Deliverance. This album was originally intended to be combined with Camelot in Smithereens. Disputes with the record label led to the album being split into two separate releases.

    Track listing:
    1. Belltown 04:39
    2. After I Fell 04:22
    3. River Disturbance 06:36
    4. Now & Then 04:33
    5. Speed of Light 04:54
    6. A Little Sleep (w/ 12th Tribe) 03:44
    7. Map  04:52
    8. You Still Smile 07:07
    9.     Breathing Still 08:02

    Personnel:
    Jimmy P Brown II - Vocals, Guitars
    Jeff Mason - Drums, Percussion
    Manny Morales - Bass

    Jonathan Maddux - Lead Guitar


    • Camelot in Smithereens (1995, Intense Records)

    1. Somber Theme (Where Are You) 05:54
    2. Lindsey 04:51
    3. Not Too Good 4 Me 05:09
    4. Anymore 04:15
    5. Book Ends 06:59
    6. Beauty & the Beast (David Bowie cover) 03:26
    7. Make My Bed in Hell 04:51
    8. The Red Roof 05:20
    9. In-U

    Personnel:

    Jimmy P. Brown II Vocals, Guitars
    Jeff Mason Drums
    Manny Morales Bass

    • Assimilation (2001, Indie Dream Records)
    Assimilation is a 2001 album by the Christian speed/thrash metal band Deliverance. It was reissued in 2007 by Retroactive Records as a double CD with demos and instrumental mixes on disc 2.

    Trach Listing:
    1.  "The Limitless Light" (3:22)
    2. "From The Beginning" (3:05)
    3. ."Assimilation" (5:20)
    4. "The Circle" (4:27)
    5. "Sell Your Soul..." (4:33)
    6.  "The Search" (4:02)
    7. "The Learned Man" (4:14)
    8.  "Between 2 Worlds" (3:35)
    9. "Impressions" (3:21)
    10 "Save Me From..." (4:19)


    2007 Reissue Disc 2 Bonus Material
    1. "The Limitless Light^" (3:24)
    2. "Sell Your Soul^" (4:32)
    3. "The Search^" (3:59)
    4. "Save Me From...^" (4:12)
    5. "Assimilation^^" (5:16)
    6. "Between 2 Worlds^^" (3:53)
    7. "The Limitless Light^^" (3:22)
    8. "The Circle^^" (4:24)
    9. "Sell Your Soul^^" (4:31)
    10. "The Search^^" (3:56)
    11. "Impressions^^" (3:31)
    12. "The Learned Man^^" (4:22)
    13. "From The Beginning^^" (3:01)
    14 "Save Me From...^^" (4:13)
    • ^ Assimilation Demo
    • ^^ Instrumental Mix

    Personnel
    Jimmy P Brown II - All vocals/Rhythm & Lead guitar & keyboards
    Manny Morales - The 5 string Bass
    David Gilbreath - Keyboards & programming

    Additional Musicians:
    Jim Calvert - Drums
    Justin DeTie - Lead guitar on Impressions and Guitar treatments


    • As Above - So Below (2007, Retroactive Records)
    1. Legum Servi Sumus Ut Liberi Esse Possimus (Intro) 03:39
    2. Cause and Effect 04:03
    3. Return to Form 04:05
    4. As Above - So Below 04:46
    5. Screaming 04:33
    6. Should We Cross Paths 04:02
    7. Contempt 04:02
    8. Thistles 11:21 instrumental
    9. My Love 04:59
    10. Enlightened 05:32

    Jimmy P. Brown II Vocals, Guitars
    Mike Reed Drums
    Tim Kronyak Bass
    Mike Phillips Guitars

    • THE BIG "D" IN THE L.E. (LIVE 2007)  (2011) HEART OF METAL RECORDINGS (Bootleg)


    1. Greetings Of Warming Up, Etc.
    2. Stay Of Execution
    3. Windows Of The Soul
    4. Greetings Of Band Intros, Etc.
    5. Not Too Good For Monitors
    6. Not Too Good 4 Me
    7. I Hear You're Having Problems With Pigs And Ponies
    8. As Above - So Below
    9. River Disturbance
    10 Greetings Of Odd Requests, Etc.
    11. Speckled Bird
    12. Speckled Bird Reminiscence
    13. No Time
    14. Pseudo Intellectual
    15. Blah, Blah, Blah
    16. Mike Phillips Solo
    17. Weapons Of Our Warfare
    18. One More Song!
    19. The Call

    Jimmy P.Brown - Vocals, Guitars
    Mike Philips - Lead Guitar
    Tim Kronyak - Bass
    Mike Reed - Drums
    Corin Jae Scott - Keyboards, Backing vocals


    • Hear What I Say! (2013, Roxx Records)
    01. Liber 111 (Intro) 01:02
    02. The Annals Of Subterfuge 04:42
    03. Angst 04:08
    04. Hope Lies Beyond 04:44
    05. Detox 03:38
    06. Nude 04:29
    07. Passing 04:05
    08. A Perfect Sky 05:05
    09. Where Eagles Dare (Iron Maiden Cover) 06:02
    10. Entgiftung (Detox German Version) 03:38

    Jimmy P. Brown II
    Michael Phillips
    Manny Morales
    Jayson Sherlock 


    Other albums
    • Intense Records Presents: Recorded Live, Vol. 1 (1992, Intense Records)
    • A Decade of Deliverance compilation (1994, Intense Records)
    • Back In The Day: The First Four Years compilation (2000, Magdalene Records)
    • Greetings of Death compilation (2001, Magdalene) (2007, Retroactive Records)
    • Live at Cornerstone 2001 (2001, Magdalene Records)
    • The First Four Years renamed reissue of the 2000 release (2007, Magdalene Records)
    • TEMPORARY INSANITY A SALUTE TO DELIVERANCE (2010 Roxx Records)

    Other Releases
    • Hot Metal Summer II Sex, Drugs & Rock n' Roll (1989, compilation on Frontline Records)
    • Hot Metal Summer III Hot Licks - Cold Facts (1990, compilation on Intense Records)
    • Hot Metal Summer 4 The Video (1991, VHS video Intense Records)
    • I Predict A Clone (1994, tribute to Steve Taylor)



    Current members
    Jimmy P. Brown II - Vocals, Guitars (1985–1996) (2001–2002) (2006–present)
    Mike Phillips - Guitars (1991–1993) (2006–present)
    Jayson Sherlock - Drums (2012-present)
    Manny Morales - Bass (1985) (1993–1997) (2001–2002) (2012-present)[8]

    Former members
    Guitars
    Larry Farkas - Guitars (1985–1987)
    Glenn Rogers  - Guitars (1985–1989)
    George Ochoa - Guitars (1990–1991)
    Jonathan Maddux - Guitars, Keyboards (1993–1995)
    Matt Winslow - Guitars (1995)
    Marcus N. Colon - Guitars (1995–1996)
    Eric Bradfield - Guitars (1995–1996)
    Lael Clark - Guitars (2001–2002)

    Bass
    Brian Khairullah - Bass (1985–1989)
    Mike Grato - Bass (1991–1992)
    Tim Kronyak - Bass (2006–2011)

    Drums
    Chris Hyde - Drums (1985–1990) (R.I.P. 2015)
    John Gonzales - Drums (1991)(Stand in for Weapons of our Warfare Video)
    Jim Chaffin - Drums (1990–1991)
    Kevin Lee - Drums (1991–1993)
    Jon Knox - Drums (1993–1995)
    Ian Baird - Drums (2001–2002)
    Mike Reed - Drums (2007–2011)
    Jayson Sherlock - Drums (2011–2013)

    Keyboards
    David Gilbreath - Keyboards (2001–2002)

    Studio Members
    Jim Calvert - Drums (2001)
    Justin DeTie - Guitars (2001)
    Jesse Rivera - Drums (deceased 2006)



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