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More about Reign Of Terror

Country of origin: USA
Founded: 1997
Status: Active
Official homepage: Reign Of Terror

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Band History - Reign Of Terror (Online June 2004)

Reign Of Terror

A relatively young band, REIGN OF TERROR nevertheless has swiftly pushed their way into the spotlight with their latest release “Threnody Of The Impaled”. Now under Evil Vengeance Records, this Texas Death Metal band promises to be one of the most recognized and most revered bands headlining the international scene.

 

In 1997 El Paso, Texas, saw three “mighty horned gods encroaching” when Marc “The Engine” Arredondo (drums), David Subia (vocals), and CJ Holguin (bass) left their former bands, MORTIS and SEVERE BEATING and formed REIGN OF TERROR, the Texas Death Metal band known their for “glorification of death, satanism, hate, violence, and blasphemy.” Shortly after REIGN OF TERROR came together, guitarist Thorben Rathje (from OBSCURATIO) was invited to join the band and their first album “Traversing The Realms Of Acheron” was in the making, with which REIGN OF TERROR laid their groundwork for the dark, occult, and brutal Death Metal they are known for.

 

That same year, however, the band faced their first obstacle: David Subia had failed to show up for some gigs and was consequently asked to leave the band. Now without a vocalist, CJ took over and filled the vacant spot. Self-taught, CJ excels in that he artfully employs high and low vocals to create a rich and full sound.

 

The trio continued, now stronger than ever and in the summer of 1998 REIGN OF TERROR released their 10 songs CD “Traversing The Realms Of Acheron”. Still celebrating the success of their first album, ROT's spirits were once again dampened when Thorben, due to immigration laws, had to return to his native country, Germany. It was then when long-time friend of the band, Richard Osmond, became ROT’s guitarist. REIGN OF TERROR’s desire to play faster, heavier, and more brutal gave room for a second guitarist and in 1999 Gilbert Sanchez joined the gang.

 

ROT wasted no time and self-released “Inverted Beliefs Of The Sanguine God” in March 2000, but for the 2nd time their jubilation was short lived: by the end of that year both guitarists left, leaving Marc and CJ now by themselves.

 

No less discouraged, Marc and CJ were now looking for a new guitarist when Alex Otero (ex-STONEGE) came to help out, proving REIGN OF TERROR to be the hell-bent survivors that would let them release their third album within the next year under a new record label.

 

And luck was on their side! REIGN OF TERROR would soon be blessed with their two guitarists again: Richard returned in time to record “Threnody Of The Impaled” and after its release in April 2002, Gilbert asked to be back in the band. By October, just a few months later, however, ROT underwent yet another change: this time Gilbert quit the band for good, leaving REIGN OF TERROR the unholy trinity they are today.

 

With over 200 live performances and touring gigs with CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, KRISIUN, ANGELCORPSE, VITAL REMAINS, MONSTROSITY, among many others, REIGN OF TERROR has made their mark on the Death Metal scene and for those who enjoy pure Black Metal, ROT has yet another treat: their side-project PYRE, a satanic, dark and evil Black Metal band established in 1997.

-- Barbara Williams


Current Line-Up:
CJ Holguin – Bass & Vocals
Marc "The Engine" Arredondo – Drums & Backup Vocals
Richard Osmond – Guitar

Previous members:
David Subia – Vocals (on “Traversing The Realms Of Acheron”)
Thorben Rathje – Guitar (on “Traversing The Realms Of Acheron”)
Alex Otero – Guitar
Gilbert Sanchez – Guitar (on “Inverted Beliefs Of The Sanguine God”)

Discography:

Sword Of Antichrist (Demo/Promo)

CJ Holguin – Bass & Vocals

Marc "The Engine" Arredondo – Drums & Backup Vocals

Richard Osmond – Guitar


"The Metal Observer" Review

2003 "Sword Of Antichrist" - Independent

Total playing time: 31:36
  1. Satanic Upheaval
  2. Nocturnal Enbludgeonment
  3. Fornicated Below Churches Of Unrelenting Profanation
  4. Sword Of Antichrist
  5. Immortal Cessation
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Inverted Beliefs Of The Sanguine God

CJ Holguin – Bass & Vocals

Marc "The Engine" Arredondo – Drums & Backup Vocals

Richard Osmond – Guitar

Gilbert Sanchez – Guitar


"The Metal Observer" Review
2002 "Inverted Beliefs Of The Sanguine God" - Dark Angel Records

Total playing time: 36:43

  1. Sado-Sodomite Communion
  2. Funeral Mask
  3. Turned To Ash
  4. Sacrament Of Vomit
  5. The Solemn Grandeur Of Malevolence
  6. Inverted Beliefs Of The Sanguine God
  7. Throes Of Contorted Demise
  8. Rites To The Accused Divinity
  9. Conceived In Entrails
  10. Eclipse Of Mortality

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Threnody Of The Impaled

CJ Holguin – Bass & Vocals

Marc "The Engine" Arredondo – Drums & Backup Vocals

Richard Osmond – Guitar


2001 "Threnody Of Impaled" - Evil Vengeance Records

Total playing time: 37:42

  1. Damned
  2. Ruler Of Heaven's Ill-Begotten Seraphs
  3. Sado-Sodomite Communion
  4. Excavating The Frontal Lobe Of Jehovah
  5. Marching Plague
  6. Procession Through The Eyes Of Perversity
  7. The Cruel Trades
  8. Uteral Incision
  9. Simulacra (Isle Of The Mute)
  10. Devil Pig
  11. Threnody Of The Impaled

 

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Inverted Beliefs Of The Sanguine God

CJ Holguin – Bass & Vocals

Marc "The Engine" Arredondo – Drums & Backup Vocals

Richard Osmond – Guitar

Gilbert Sanchez – Guitar


2000 "Inverted Beliefs Of The Sanguine God" - Independent

Total playing time: 23:48

  1. Sado-Sodomite Communion
  2. Funeral Mask
  3. Turned To Ash
  4. Sacrament Of Vomit
  5. The Solemn Grandeur Of Malevolence
  6. Inverted Beliefs Of The Sanguine God
  7. Throes Of Contorted Demise
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Traversing The Realms Of Acheron

David Subia – Vocals

Thorben Rathje – Guitar

CJ Holguin – Bass

Marc Arredondo – Drums


1998 "Traversing The Realms Of Acheron" - Independent

Total playing time: 38:03

  1. Rites To The Accursed Divinity
  2. Enshrouded In Chaos And Despair
  3. Traversing The Realms Of Acheron
  4. Concussion
  5. Conceived In Entrails
  6. Fleshfiends
  7. Paininfested
  8. Eclipse Of Mortality
  9. Tree Of Woe
  10. Marching Plague

 



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