Deliverance 2008
Deliverance (Reissue)
Retroactive Records

At this point, I shouldn’t have to explain who Deliverance is, or why they feature so prominently in my daily playlist, the soundtrack to my daily life. But, in the off-chance that this would be the first Deliverance review you’re reading that was written by your Uncle NecRo, let me give you the Reader’s Digest condensed version: Deliverance is a legendary METAL band whose first three albums all but shaped the state of Christian METAL back when all we had was Stryper representing. I may be engaging in a bit of hyperbole, but when it came to providing METAL that didn’t suck, Deliverance helped forge that route back in the day.

The self-titled debut album was originally released in 1989, on the Intense Records label, and like everything else on that legendary label, went out-of-print and hard to find when it went belly up in the mid-1990s. Then, in the mid-to-later Aughts, the rights to the album were picked up by a label specializing in re-releasing classic out-of-print albums called Retroactive Records, and was given the proper spit-n-polish re-release it needed. Forget about that lousy KMG low-budget re-release that tried to cram the first two releases together on one disc, omitting a couple of tracks to do so. This is the re-release to get.

First off, the cover art manages to retain the spirit of the original cover while enhancing things with its minimal-yet-effective look. I rather like it. Inside of this here booklet exist band photos, lyrics, and additional liner notes, as well as a bit of a write-up within the tray art by Ultimatum vocalist and fellow METAL fan-boy Scott Waters. He keeps popping up in the oddest of places. Anyway, as far as the music goes…they did the remastering right this time. Wow, does the METAL pop here. The highs are crisp, the lows have depth, and the songs are given new life because of it. Great job with that. As a bonus, the songs “A Space Called You” and “Attack”, both from the 1987 California Metal compilation are included, both of which are a good glimpse into their past as up-and-comers. Although, I do think “Attack” fits better with the rest of the album over more melodic “A Space Called You” any day.

Bottom line: If you happened to have missed out on the original release of Deliverance the album, and due to the Thrash Revival have been wanting to check it out, I would say try and locate a copy of this re-release. The remastering really brings new life into an old favorite, as I’ve mentioned. The original 1989 mastering is available for download on Amazon and Google Play, but if you’re an audiophile, you’re not going to be completely happy with that. And if you already have the original release, and have been on the fence about obtaining this re-release, I would say it would be well worth the investment, for the same reasons I mentioned above.