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Betrayal

Betrayal was formed by Marcus Colon, guitars; (ex-Martyr), Chris Ackermann, vocals, and Jeff Lain, bass. They play a dark, gothic form of thrash metal. Betrayal put out two discs, before breaking up in 1994. After the break-up drummer Jeff Mason joined Deliverance, as did Marcus Colon for a short while. Unfortunately, Marcus Colon felt it necessary to resurrect the Betrayal name in 1999 and put out an industrial piece of crap. Marcus is the only member of the newly reformed Betrayal, so it is painfully obvious that he is just using the old name to attract old fans and fraud them into purchasing his new solo material, despite the fact that he says he has "not sold out the Betrayal name" in interviews.

Renaissance by Death Betrayal-Renaissance by Death (Wonderland) 1991

1. "Renaissance by Death" -instrumental (1:40)
2. "The Invitation" (4:26)
3. "Fallen Deceived" (3:49)
4. "More Faith Than Me" (3:43)
5. "Escape the Alter" (9:03)
6. "Assassins in the Midst" (4:54)
7. "Mortal Flesh" (6:10)
8. "Stroll Thru A Wicked Age" (6:43)
9. "Prophets of Baal" (4:06)
10. "Plead the Blood" (5:15)

I looked forward to this disc coming out after having been of fan of Martyr for so many years. "Renaissance by Death" didn't disappoint. The music is a mixture of progressive thrash, dark gothic overtones, somber acoustic passages and even some hints of early death metal. Vocalist Chris Ackerman has a smooth, almost hardcore punk shouting style, that gave the music a cool twist. This is a rather dark sounding disc. The instrumental opening, which I am sure was played by Lurch from the Adams Family, is a harpsichord and acoustic guitar intro that leads into the speed assault of "The Invitation." Much of the lyrics on this disc deal with the trappings of the occult. "Escape the Alter," is an epic song that tells the story of a girl dying on a Satanic alter, realizing a bit too late her mistake. There are some other topics as well; "More Faith Than Me" deals with hypocrisy outside the walls of Christianity. My favorite tracks are: "More Faith Than Me," "Prophets of Baal," and the remake of Martyr's "Plead the Blood."

The Passing Betrayal-The Passing (Wonderland) 1993

1. "Renouncement" (3:37)
2. "The Usurper" (4:16)
3. "Carnival of Madness" (5:35)
4. "Ichagod" (3:55)
5. "Forest of Horrors" (4:31)
6. "Race of Hypocrisy" (3:35)
7. "As I turned Away" (4:20)
8. "Whisper of Chaos" (4:19)
9. "Strength of the Innocent" (4:55)
10. "Retaliatory Strike" (2:55)
11. "Frantic" (3:45)

"The Passing" is darker, faster, heavier and more technical than "Renaissance by Death." The title of the closing song ("Frantic") would probably best describe the thrash on this disc. The lyrics are intelligent and interesting as well, with topics dealing with the occult, politics, abortion, and Christianity. Chris Scott (Precious Death) and Jimmy Brown (Deliverance) both appear as guest vocalists.

On cassette: "Fear Be Gone & Fallen Deceived" (industrial re-mix) single

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