Finding common ground in vision, passion for truth, do-it-yourself ethics, and raw, sludgy hardcore, Sanhedrin and Maranatha are ready to pummel your ears with the heaviest split you’ll hear this year. We promise.

Both projects are brainchildren of Spirit-Filled hardcore scene veterans—Steven Cosand (Sanhedrin) plays guitar in Arizona’s Overcome and Collin Simula (Maranatha) was the drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Symphony in Peril. These guys aren’t out to prove anything, nor do they need to. These projects were never intended to be the next big thing—and chances are they won’t be—but merely to explore lyrical themes and music styles that haven’t been explored (or possibly ignored all together) in the Christian heavy music scene that they call/have called home.

Sanhedrin brings a barrage of raw, blackened hardcore to the table that would be just as at home with the Scandinavian d-beat bands as it would with late-90s American metalcore. Maranatha comes with a sound that mixes equal parts Entombed, Crowbar, and heavy hardcore. Both bands lyrical content deals with the shame American Christianity has brought upon itself and the world, as well as the struggle of doubt, disbelief, and the reflection of self.

We’re happy to be able to share an exclusive stream of this split release from two of the most underrated and under-appreciated Spirit-Filled projects of 2012. It will be available for download/purchase from their Bandcamp page Tuesday, 9/18/12.


Sanhedrin/Maranatha Split by HM Magazine


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