FEAR OF GOD

Thrash Metal • United States
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Fear of God was a thrash metal band that evolved out of the lineup of Détente with female vocalist Dawn Crosby.

Their style is comparable to that of Anacrusis, a technical, unique-sounding, sinister blend of thrash metal with a wide variety of vocal styles.

The Album "Within the Veil" (Warner Bros., 1991) has become a rare collector's piece by now.

The band was celebrated in the metal underground for their avant-garde sound, yet the band history found a tragic end when vocalist Dawn Crosby died in December 1996 as a consequence of her long alcohol abuse problem.

( Biography edited by UMUR)
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FEAR OF GOD Within the Veil album cover 3.36 | 3 ratings
Within the Veil
Thrash Metal 1991
FEAR OF GOD Toxic Voodoo album cover 3.08 | 2 ratings
Toxic Voodoo
Thrash Metal 1994

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FEAR OF GOD Killing the Pain album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Killing the Pain
Thrash Metal 1995

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FEAR OF GOD 1992 demo (I) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1992 demo (I)
Thrash Metal 1992
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1992 demo (II)
Thrash Metal 1992

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Betrayed/Emily
Thrash Metal 1991

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FEAR OF GOD Killing the Pain

EP · 1995 · Thrash Metal
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"Killing the Pain" is an EP release by US thrash metal/alternative metal act Fear of God. The EP was released through Bethany Records in 1995. It´s the successor to "Toxic Voodoo" from 1994 and it was the band´s last release before the untimely death of lead vocalist Dawn Crosby, who passed away in December 1996 as a consequence of her long struggles with alcohol abuse, effectively ending Fear of God.

The three tracks on the 14:11 minutes long EP are a strange, heavy, and murky sounding type of thrash metal (the instrumental part of the music is sometimes close to death metal territory). Crosby talks, moans, and screams her way through the songs (often buried low in the mix), while the band play a near chaotic and busy heavy style of music. The murky sounding production job doesn´t exactly help with bringing clarity to the soundscape. On one hand the raw and savage sound of the music is refreshing and very authentic, but on the other hand it´s not always a pleasant listening experience. The toms on the drumkit for example sound pretty horrible.

"Killing the Pain" is the least accessible release by Fear of God and it´s definitely their most raw release too. Who knows what a possible subsequent album release would have sounded like, but I suspect the band would have made something even more grim and vicious sounding. Even when the band is most melodic on a track like "Mourning Light", Crosby´s off-key vocals and rather original desperate delivery make it sound like the end of the world is near. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

FEAR OF GOD Toxic Voodoo

Album · 1994 · Thrash Metal
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"Toxic Voodoo" is the second full-length studio album by US thrash metal/alternative metal act Fear of God. The album was released through Pavement Records in January 1994. It´s the successor to "Within the Veil" from 1991 and was followed by the 1995 "Killing the Pain" EP. "Killing the Pain (1995)" would be the last release by Fear of God as lead vocalist Dawn Crosby died in December 1996 as a consequence of her long struggles with alcohol abuse.

Crosby´s raw voice and desperate screaming delivery is the focal point of the music. She moans, screams, and spits out her frustration and anger throughout the album. Her delivery is quite unique and brings an original element to the music. The instrumental part of the music is typically mid-paced and relatively groove laden thrash metal. It´s heavy and aggressive music, but nothing out of the ordinary for the genre. The lead guitar parts are on the other hand very well played and help lift the quality of the material.

"Toxic Voodoo" features a decent production job but it´s not the best sounding release from those days. Crosby is definitely th main attraction on the album, but while her performance is both strong and personal, the very similar sounding tracks, which also lack hooks and memorable moments drag my rating down. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

FEAR OF GOD Within the Veil

Album · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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"Within the Veil" is the debut full-length studio album by US thrash metal/ alternative metal act Fear of God. The album was released in March 1991 by Warner Brothers. Fear of God was something as rare as a female fronted thrash metal act. In addition to "Within the Veil", Fear of God released one more album and an EP before Dawn Crosby died in December 1996 as a consequence of her long struggles with alcohol abuse.

...on this album Dawn Crosby is in fine form though. If you´re looking for a demonic sounding vixen of a female vocalist, look no further. Dawn has a leatherlung raw voice and a quite schizophrenic vocal delivery that really gives "Within the Veil" a unique sound. The Testament meets Alice in Chains instrumental part of the album is pretty good too, but it´s definitely the vocals that makes the album stand out. Dawn screams, yells, whispers, talks and everything in between. There´s loads of caustic attitude in that delivery. The music features both faster paced thrashy parts, darker alternative parts with clean guitars and some more experimental parts too.

The tracks are generally solid, the production is powerful and the musicianship is strong, but besides the really unique and convincing vocal delivery, I wouldn´t call "Within the Veil" more than a just above standard thrash metal release. It´s like the songwriting lacks the final thing to really make a lasting impression, so a 3 - 3.5 star rating is warranted.

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