A thrash band in the vein of Exodus or Overkill, Faith or Fear formed in 1985. Their 1988 Combat/Relativity album ‘The Punishment Area’ made them a popular regional band and got them national recognition as well. In addition to playing countless Philadelphia-area shows, they had toured with Sepultura before breaking up in 1991. The band reunited last year, and their latest album, ‘Instruments of Death,’ had come out in June. The band was playing in their hometown of Millville for the first time in 20 years on Sunday when Jenkins collapsed.
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bass ( R.I.P.: September 13, 2009), heart attack
Faith Or Fear was one of several prime early thrash bands snapped up by Combat Records in the eighties, recording their only album to date, Punishment Area, in 1989, and, like many an American 80's metal band, debuted on a Metal Massacre compilation (IX). Their sound was a rough early form of thrash, somewhat along the lines of early Testament. They didn't last long after the album's release, with several lineup changes taking place (including, notably, former Overkill guitarist Merritt Gant making an appearance) before giving up. Apart from a brief reformation as a cover band called Wagonhead in 1994, little was heard from the members until 2003, when the band formally united, the lineup featuring four of the Punishment Area members alongside original founding drummer Dan Hansen. They finally released a comeback album, Instruments Of Death, in 2009. Despite the tragic loss of bassist C.J. Jenkins later that year, a modified lineup remains active as of this writing (January 2012), with a brand-new album, Titanium, just released.
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