Vital Remains formed in 1988 in Providence. Rhode Island. Their influences included acts such as Celtic Frost, Venom, Bathory, Sodom, and Mercyful Fate, often lending the band’s sound a slightly more black metal edge on occasion compared to their peers. The band was signed to Peaceville Records for 2 albums; ‘Let Us Pray’ and ‘Into Cold Darkness’, and are still a prominent force in the death metal world today.
‘Let Us Pray’ was originally released in 1992 on Peaceville’s subsidiary label, Deaf Records, and was Vital Remains’debut full length album. With a heavy dose of brutal yet still melodic black-tinged death metal, and featuring heavily satanic, occult and anti-christian lyrics, Vital Remains set themselves apart from the more gore fascinated bands of the time; more often than not preferring to establish the mood with mid-tempo structures and progressions over a purely hyper-speed attack, with a flow to the compositions occasionally bringing to mind the work of US metal legends, Death.
This edition of ‘Let Us Pray’ is presented on 180gm heavyweight black vinyl.