Lance Garvin

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Lance Garvin
Background information
Origin Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Genres Christian metal, heavy metal, metalcore, death metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, Guitar[1]
Associated acts Living Sacrifice
Soul Embraced
Kill System
The Blamed
Haste the Day

Lance Garvin is a founding member, along with Bruce Fitzhugh, DJ Johnson, and Jason Truby, of the well known and highly influential Christian metal band Living Sacrifice. The band is well known throughout the Christian metal community as one of the most important Christian metal bands to date. Garvin is mostly known for using a Ride Cymbal in modern metal without making it sound thinner.[2]

Garvin is also known as the drummer of Christian Metal band Soul Embraced and has played with the bands Throwdown and Zao as well. He formed the band Kill System, along with fellow Soul Embraced members, Chad Moore and Rocky Gray, and former Evanescence guitarist John LeCompt.

Influence and Legacy[edit]

Garvin has stated that his inspiration was Ace Frehley of Kiss. Here is what he said:

"I actually wanted to be Ace Frehley of Kiss when I was five years old. Their 1976 Destroyer album is what turned me into a metal head."[3]

With Living Sacrifice, Garvin influenced many metal bands, such as, As I Lay Dying,[4] Throwdown,[4] 7 Horns 7 Eyes,[5] Saving Grace,[6] Demon Hunter[4] and Underoath.[4]

Professionally, Garvin himself, along with Brandan Trahan of Impending Doom and xDEATHSTARx, Matt Greiner of August Burns Red, and Ted Kirkpatrick of Tourniquet, are all considered influential drummers for Christian metal.[7]

Garvin has been compared by his band-mate, Bruce Fitzhugh, and others to Slayer's former drummer, Dave Lombardo.[8][9]


  • Kill System (2002-2003)
  • Heroes Among Thieves


With Living Sacrifice[10]
With Soul Embraced[10]
With Kill System
  • Kill System (2002)
As Additional Musician


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  2. ^ a b "Lance Garvin returns to Soul Embraced". The Metal Resource. October 28, 2014. Retrieved December 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ Garvin, Lance (January 6, 2014). "Drummer Lance Garvin (Living Sacrifice)". Modern Drummer. 
  4. ^ a b c d Van Pelt, Doug (November 3, 2009). "Living Sacrifices new release looms on horizon". HM Magazine. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ 7 Horns 7 Eyes. "About". Facebook. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Houston, Rob. "Saving Grace". HM Magazine. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Top 8 Drummer in a Christian band". Hear It First. January 29, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Fitzhugh, Bruce (March 3, 2015). "Gently Crushing You". Interview with Mark Salomon. Never Was. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ Mortificationfan79. "Living Sacrifice - Living Sacrifice". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f inaholereviews (April 13, 2011). "Lance Garvin". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ JoshIVM (October 28, 2014). "Lance Garvin returns to Soul Embraced". Indie Vision Music. 
  12. ^ Spencer, Josh (September 4, 1999). "The Blamed - Forever". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved December 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Burning Bridges credits". AllMusic. Retrieved August 22, 2015.