The final album from Christian thrash metallers Vengeance Rising is a vast improvement from the abysmal Destruction Comes. Martinez was joined by some excellent musicians and the tracks on this are excellent overall with a few lulls in the material.
It begins with the instrumental Help Me, with killer riffs and some whispered subliminal vocals, a cry of help from hell. This is a sensational song helped by melodic guitars and wonderful mixing. This album was mastered well in the studio and overcame the problems of the previous release.
The Damnation of Judas and the Salvation of the Thief is a short but effective thrasher, Martinez shouting throughout with attitude.
In Released Upon the Earth Martinez uses a low grindcore metal vocal, a startling change to his usual screechy style. It sounds like black metal in places, very doomy and dark. Bishop of Souls is another highlight that chugs along with blastbeats, power speed drumming and scratchy metal guitar riffs.
Tion is a fun song using various words that end in tion, salvation, celebration, congregation, elation etc.
You Will Be Hated is awesome metal and ends the album with a hardcore highlight. So the band bowed out with a great album. Martinez soon renounced his faith and turned to an atheistic attitude and even released a blasphemous evil album slagging off the Christianity he once believed in, using the Vengeance title, that confused many Christians. But the original band made an impact in the 80s and 90s and will be remembered for albums such as this.