CRUCIFIER (Grand Belial's Key) - Stronger Than Passing Time (12" Gatefold PICTURE DISC) *Corner ding
United States | Black/Doom/Death
We received these covers with mild corner dings.
Crucifier was founded under true black inspiration in September of 1990 by drummer/vocalist/lyricist Cazz Grant "The Black Lourde of Crucifixion." The initial ensemble was Ira Redden (guitar), Jeff Anderson (guitar) and as aforementioned, Cazz Grant. After four months and five original titles Jeff left the band. These particular titles were perhaps, a bit "experimental" in their subject matter and orchestrated style. Although there were no official recordings of those songs, an unofficial rehearsal entitled "The Unholy Trinity" was planned, attempted and unfortunately aborted. In January of 1991 lead guitarist Dan Kamp replaced Jeff. And Chris Miller (bass guitar) joined the band to fill in the low-end void. During the arrangement of brand new material, Ira left the group. His departure prompted an audition for guitarist Mike Machette (R.I.P.). With this line-up Crucifier recorded its debut demonstration effort, "Humans Are Such Easy Prey." Surprisingly, this certain demo created an upheaval of praise in the underground! In November of 1991, due to musical and/or personal differences, Chris and Mike left the band. Fortuitously, though, a friend (and fan) of Crucifier was willing and able to play bass guitar; leading to an ultimate decision of remaining a three-piece unit. Due to time restraints, the second demonstration effort, "Crown of Thorns," was recorded and produced without the assistance of new bassist Dan Keaton. The total knowledgeable underground reaction to "Crown of Thorns" was overwhelming! In September of 1992 Dan Keaton was dismissed. Shortly before his departure, material was recorded for Crucifier's first official EP release: "Unparalleled Majesty" (a Pagan Records production). His dismissal resulted in the hiring of bass guitarist Gary Gandy. In the winter of 1992 Crucifier recorded two songs for yet another Pagan Records (Poland) release. The second cassette EP, "By Disgrace of God" was a worldwide success! Sadly though, that accomplishment was not enough incentive to keep Dan Kamp with Crucifier. Dan left to pursue a short career with close friends Incantation! Resulting in a virtual mess in the Crucifier camp. [After the release of "By Disgrace of God" the band went through a plethora of personnel changes. Utilizing the talents of such good friends such as: Joe Ceresini, Mike Pandorf (Snag), Joel Prange (Witchery), Craig Ross (Rapid Violence), and Chris DePetro (ex-Face First). And although not all past members of Crucifier are mentioned here, their help was, and in some case is, very much appreciated! Thank you all!] Spring 1994 beckoned Crucifier to search for instrumentalists overseas. In March British bass guitarist Mark Neto (ex-Cruentus) took flight to aid in the recovery. Although only a two-man force, Crucifier managed to compose a brilliant piece of art that offered a ray of hope in a very downtrodden year! One show was performed in the U.S. bringing back to the line-up, temporarily, Dan Kamp and Chris DePetro. A three song promotional work entitled "Powerless Against" was recorded in May with the assistance of Arghoslent (Virginia) maniac Nick "The Marauder" Mertaugh (rhythm guitar). [A side note: backing vocals were provided by Vlad Luciferian (ex-Grand Belial's Key/ex-Ancient/ex-Thokk) and Jose Infernal (Sargatanas Zine).] Finally released through Virginia's Sinistrari Records (R.I.P.), "Powerless Against" added to the arsenal of true black/death metal that encompasses Crucifier's very essence! At the end of Mark's three-month stay he left, never to be heard from again... Going into hiding, Cazz Grant "The Black Lourde of Crucifixion" took to The Crucifier Studio to compose new material. In the interim, he helped many other bands in The Crucifier Brotherhood, International. In 1999, Crucifier returned with a devastating release on vinyl with Brotherhood inductees: Nunslaughter! The release titled, "Trafficking With the Devil" is a remarkable, self-produced split seven-inch EP featuring the song "Foul Deeds Will Rise." Gaining hardcore momentum, Crucifier hired Vince Papi (Hearse/Bludgeon) on bass guitar and Spencer "Madman" Murphy (ex-Goreaphobia/ex-Face First/ex-Polterchrist/Metal War Productions) on lead guitar. In 2001, after some personal conflicts, Vince and Spencer left the band. However, after some soul searching on the part of "The Black Lourde of Crucifixion" the talents of "The Madman" were again called upon. Vince unfortunately was not interested in returning to the line-up. The conflict led to the decision of hiring George "Necrodemius Hammerhorde" Loveland (Decieverion) to play bass guitar. And with this devilish ensemble Crucifier recorded its debut LP/CD/Picture Disc "Stronger Than Passing Time." Producing the millennium's meanest album, Death To Mankind Records (Spain), is currently selling it worldwide. At present, Crucifier is working on new songs for a scheduled 7-inch EP with Metal War Productions (Philadelphia). The EP, tentatively titled, "Trampled Under Cloven Hooves" may be released at the end of 2003. Metal War is also producing a couple of shirt designs for the band. The future is bright for Crucifier; and it will be a dark 2004, with many releases and live performances on the horizon. Contact the band at the below address for information, booking and merchandise...you will have Hell to pay if you don't!!!!