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Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live


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Olympia WA, United States (1994 – present)

Behead The Prophet No Lord Shall Live was a band from the mid-’90s, who utilized the unbridled, apocalyptic intensity of the original “” sound, and in turn became highly influential in the scene.

Joshua Plague (Ploeg) and Jon Quittner were both members of Olympia, Washington’s Mukilteo Fairies and when that band broke up around 1994, they guickly gathered together a group of musicians from Olympia, Bellingham and Seattle to form Behead The Prophet, No Lord Shall Live. BTPNLSL’s name is taken from a Deicide song, and was given to them by an obvious enthusiast in a supermarket, claiming to be the younger brother of Deicide’s lead singer. Members were Joshua, vocals and lyrics, Jon on bass,
Dave Harvey playing guitar, saxophone and feedback,
Jordan Rain on drums and
Michael Griffin on violin. Their sound was alternately described as , , queercore and by one critic, “”. The term “”, although not in common usage at the time the band was around, has mistakenly been used posthumously to describe them. They released their first self titled, 8 song 7” single on Outpunk Records in 1995. Soon after this, they played the “Dirty Bird” queercore music festival in San Francisco where they made quite an impression and garnered many new fans. They then released their only full length CD/album I Am That Great and Fiery Force, a split release on Outpunk and Olympia based K Records.


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  • MathianSim

    One of the best band names ever.

    28 Apr 10:31pm Reply
  • joshuaplague

    oops- I meant Vera Project in Seattle. Events are posted here and on FB

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • joshuaplague

    thought I'd pop in and mention we're playing 4 shows in March, So it's Behead the Prophet and the Need 3/21 at Northern in Olympia; 3/22 at Makeshift in Bellingham; 3/23 at Slabtown (all ages!) in Portland; 3/30 at Vera Project in Olympia. Eric from Noggin will be playing violin in Michael's place/honor. COme and make some noise!

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • theoneofshadows

    I just got their record for $1.54 on ebay. People are missing out!

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • sumitgill

    I'd like to brag: the singer gave me a copy of Behead the Prophet's full length. AND he gave me the vinyl version of a "Lords of Lightspeed" EP. Lords of Lightspeed is the project he did with the brothers from Wolves in the Throne Room. I owe him some vegan chocolate cake.

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • xEvyn

    also, no, this isn't screamo. lul

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • xEvyn

    @shitscud: Uh, screamo is a legitimate genre. It amazes me how people still don't know this. In the 80's, emo originated from hardcore, and then screamo originated from emo (essentially). There's more to it, but.. yeah. I don't think the label of 'screamo' for this band is meant as what the general populace calls 'screamo'. Both emo and screamo are abused terms. The Saddest Landscape, Noisy Sins of the Insect -- very good screamo. Bells on Trike, Algernon Cadwallader -- very good emo. People, educate yourselves. It has nothing to do with being whiny.

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
  • JohnnyVagrant

    is this not powerviolence?

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • sankathi

    amazing stuff.

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
  • octopie

    never ever ever ever ever ceases to punch my skull.

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
  • shitscud

    Yeah, never really got the "screamo" tag. How is this whiny bullshit? The riffs rock ass & titties, and there's no bullshit "introspective" parts to get in the way. I suppose the vocals? Frantic screaming/yelping, yes, but not moaning/groaning pointlessness.

    13 Feb 2010 Reply
  • lastcity

    I saw a 7", didn't buy it lol

    4 Jan 2010 Reply
  • sumitgill

    how is this screamo?

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
  • illusion_paw

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Count_Blah

    15 shouts?

    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • RJMyato

    far, far underrated band.

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
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    17 Sep 2009 Reply
  • LadyNightfaLL

    fun fun fun.

    23 Mar 2009 Reply
  • rtrdd

    such good stuff

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • TomPridgen

    i fucking love this band.

    20 Oct 2008 Reply
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