Embodyment/Supplication was a death metal band who started out in 1993, in Texas. They gained “some” notoriety in christian circles being on Solid State Records, this being their later material. I don’t wish to talk about their newer work, or anything relating to it. To me their best was when they started out as a death metal band. Hell even their “metalcore/deathcore” material was pretty solid, considering the time where breakdowns and gimmicky bullshit was at a minimum. Hell if Embrace the Eternal was a pilot to the genre, I would call myself a fan. History aside I wish to speak about them as a death metal band and nothing more. If you want an elaborate history I recommend checking out their Metallum profile.
As said before they started out as Supplication and later named themselves Embodyment. I hadn’t heard about this band until late 90’s, early 00’s. I was a christian kid was always searching for “christian” death metal, (yes this sounds stupid as hell to me now) it was rare to find anything even remotely to this caliber. To me this stands alongside the early greats of the genre. Fast brutal, low inhuman gutturals, demonic screams, music that has a harmony and direction, non nonsense death metal.
I think with a band I speak so highly of why is it unheard of and so underrated? I think realistically it’s because and ONLY because they got caught in the mix as being labeled a “christian” band, whatever the intentions of the musicians were this is definitely nothing to do with anything even remotely christian. I remember speaking to Mark Garza (drummer) over AOL instant messenger and he told me there are no known lyrics to any of their earliest material. Though it is obviously decipherable in some parts, overall I don’t think there are any actual “lyrics” to the music. The demo’s they released to Embrace the Eternal do however have lyrics and are semi-christian in context.
I speak so highly of this band, because in comparison to a lot of what the genre had to offer at the time this is incredibly good stuff. So if you’re looking for a piece of death metal history and consider yourself a historian of the genre check out their Demo compilation, or even give Embrace the Eternal a listen. Hair still stands up when I hear those shrieking guitars at the intro the Shroud of Darkness.
On a complete side note, I am going to work on an overhaul of their logo and design a new album cover. Something more amply fitting to the genre, and to less associate with anything to do with christianity.