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Living Sacrifice "Screwtape" song premiere

Seminal Christian metal outfit Living Sacrifice premieres a song from their new album.

Living Sacrifice 2013

As you hopefully know by now, seminal Little Rock, Arkansas metal band Living Sacrifice will release a new album in two weeks. Titled Ghost Thief, this is the band's eighth album in a 20+ year career as one of Christian metal's most influential acts.

Ghost Thief is slated for a November 12 via Solid State Records. But you don't want to wait that long before hearing another song from the album (the band unveiled "The Reaping" earlier this month), right? Good, because today we're happy to exclusively premiere the album's opening track, "Screwtape." Notably, the song features guest vocals from Demon Hunter frontman Ryan Clark.

Living Sacrifice vocalist/guitarist Bruce Fitzhugh had the following to say about the track:

"'Screwtape' is about temptation and the proverbial 'devil on your shoulder.' It's about the thought process we go through to justify a thought or action that is not good for the soul. The title 'Screwtape' comes from CS Lewis's book 'The Screwtape Letters.' In the book, Lewis made the protagonist a demon named Screwtape. It is an interesting literary tool to write from the perspective of the one that is trying to lead astray. So I took the same idea for the lyrics. I also think this is something that everyone can relate to whether they believe in God or not. It's another way to look at one's conscience and how humanity views the conscience.

"Musically, it seemed like a great way to kick off the record because it's a thrasher and sets a good tone for the record as a whole. We knew we wanted to have Ryan Clark guest on the record before we even had the song. This song made sense because I wanted to have him use his singing voice and the chorus just works for his voice. Demon Hunter has been huge supporters of Living Sacrifice over the years and I did some vocals on their record Storm The Gates Of Hell a few years back. It was a great opportunity to hang in the studio and have fun making music."

Ok, without further delay, here's the song!

If you dig what you just heard, be sure to order the album here. Additionally, you can keep up with Living Sacrifice via Facebook.


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anonymous 10/30/2013 12:01:24 PM


anonymous 10/30/2013 12:14:39 PM


anonymous 10/30/2013 2:19:19 PM

Awesome song!

anonymous 10/30/2013 3:03:35 PM

Sounding awesome love it!!!!!

anonymous 10/30/2013 3:05:21 PM

skar symmetry and all that remains are yawning

anonymous 10/30/2013 3:11:10 PM

Awesome! Can't wait for the new album!:)

anonymous 10/30/2013 3:12:10 PM


anonymous 10/30/2013 3:17:03 PM

^^ Im prety sure ls was around 10+ years b4 those bands u just mentioned, gayit noob, lol.

anonymous 10/30/2013 4:00:38 PM

Love Living Sacerfice and Demon Hunter. Cool song based off C.S. Book Awesome!!!!!!!

anonymous 10/30/2013 4:29:56 PM


anonymous 10/30/2013 4:37:23 PM

headbangin all day

anonymous 10/30/2013 5:11:23 PM

"skar symmetry and all that remains are yawning" living sacrifice has been a band since 1989 you f*cking twink.

anonymous 10/30/2013 5:58:36 PM

If anybody's yawning, they cannot POSSIBLY be listening to this song! It is SIIICK!

anonymous 10/30/2013 7:33:29 PM

This song was so f*cking boring. this fits perfectly with christian f a g g o t s that cant curse or drink beer. this song was so f*cking predictably boring its not even funny. get this shit off this website.

anonymous 10/30/2013 7:34:58 PM

Greatness. Been listening to LS since the start. With each new album they grow as musicians taking us new places, but focused on the eternal at all times.

anonymous 10/30/2013 9:01:53 PM

AWESOME!! \m/ hell yeah!! You guys continue to amaze me; thunderous & amazing, the LS we know & love. Thanks guys! To all you haters: God cares about what's in our hearts, not if I drink guiness or milk, or if I cuss. He cares about what type of character I have inside. so F*ck your hate and your small-mindedness and go listen to your emo-girl metalcore. (Notice I said F*ck your hate and small-mindedness, not you!) have a nice day! \m/ \m/

anonymous 10/30/2013 10:54:09 PM

That is sic! ahhhh I love it!

anonymous 10/31/2013 12:01:14 AM

This song is so amazing!!! This is going to be the best Living Sacrifice album thus far!

anonymous 10/31/2013 7:48:06 AM

They still got it.

anonymous 10/31/2013 10:53:54 AM

Wow..amazing..this album is going to be insane!

anonymous 10/31/2013 11:07:24 AM

Not crazy about the chorus with cleans but the rest of the songs us so sick

anonymous 10/31/2013 2:27:31 PM

The link for "Screwtape" is not working...

anonymous 10/31/2013 3:49:18 PM

Ryan Clark!!!

anonymous 10/31/2013 8:16:16 PM


anonymous 11/1/2013 6:09:38 AM

The mighty Living Sacrifice return...

anonymous 11/1/2013 2:33:16 PM

how many of these comments are just the same guy going, "OH MAN THIS IS SO GOOD YES SO STOKED" ?????

anonymous 11/4/2013 5:04:36 PM

Love it! Next time you're in OKC I gotta come watch!

anonymous 11/4/2013 7:22:06 PM

Comparing "Christian metal" bands to secular metal bands makes no sense. It's about the music not the beliefs. You don't like metal songs because of the lyrics. You like them because of the riffs, drums, power, speed, etc. You can't even understand most of the lyrics in metal anyway. Haters can leave.