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The Crucified

The Crucified
The Crucified in 2009. From left to right: Mark Salomon, Jeff Bellew, Greg Minier & Jim Chaffin
Background information
Also known as Kids in God's Blessings (K.G.B)
Origin Fresno, California, United States
Genres Hardcore punk, crossover thrash
Years active 1984–1993, 2009–present
Labels Narrowpath , Ocean, Tooth & Nail
Associated acts Stavesacre
Website .net.thecrucifiedwww
Members Mark Salomon
Greg Minier
Jeff Bellew
Jim Chaffin
Past members Wayne Stonecipher
Kirk Palmer
Trevor Palmer
Mark Johnson

The Crucified is an American Christian hardcore punk and crossover thrash band from Fresno, California that formed in 1984. Its lineup is vocalist Mark Salomon, guitarist Greg Minier, bassist Jeff Bellew, and drummer Jim Chaffin. The Crucified released two studio albums and three demos. They toured California for the majority of their career and appeared at the Cornerstone Festival outside of Chicago several times. The band broke up in 1993 due to personal differences, but reunited in 2009.


  • History 1
    • Formation 1.1
    • Demos and The Crucified 1.2
    • Box-set / Pillars Re-issue / Live Shows 1.3
  • Members 2
  • Discography 3
    • Studio albums 3.1
    • Demos 3.2
  • Other projects 4
  • References 5
    • Notes 5.1
  • External links 6



In late 1984, drummer Jim Chaffin, guitarist Greg Minier, bassist Kirk Palmer, and vocalist Wayne Stonecipher started a band named K.G.B. in Fresno, California[1][2] The four teens knew each other as high school classmates. The name K.G.B. had no meaning to it, the members just thought initials "sounded cool".[3] In early 1985, K.G.B. was looking for a new vocalist due to the departure of Stonecipher. Minier asked his friend Mark Salomon to try out as vocalist.

Salomon was accepted into the band after singing a few songs the band wrote with Stonecipher.[3] Sensing pressure to have a meaning behind the name K.G.B., the band said the initials stood for Kids in God's Blessings. Not long after, the band thought the name sounded juvenile and changed it to The Crucified. The name came from Minier thinking of random names that would fit a Christian band. The Crucified added the Bible verse to the name whenever they wrote it. "For I have been crucified with Christ, therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me."[4]

Demos and The Crucified

After almost a year of writing and practicing in the Palmer's living room, the guys recorded 10 songs on a demo tape under the name K.G.B. but it was never circulated. Soon after, Kirk Palmer left the band and was replaced by his brother Trevor. 1986, The Crucified gathered together a small amount of money and recorded 15 songs on a tape named Take up Your Cross under their new name, The Crucified, and distributed the demo throughout their local area and via mail order. "Nailed", the band's second demo, was recorded the following year and the band's exposure continued to grow. Shortly after "Nailed" was recorded, the band members graduated from high school and Palmer left the group and was replaced by Mark Johnson. The band recorded "Live at the New Order" in March 1989.

Greg Sostrom saw The Crucified at a few shows and offered them a recording contract with his new start-up label, Narrowpath Records. The band accepted the offer and started to record songs at Casbah Studios in Southern California.[5] The 15 track album was titled The Crucified. It was released in compact disc format, which was a new format in the late 1980s.[5] After the album's release, the band started to tour around California, including appearances at the Cornerstone Festival as well as opening for D.R.I., G.B.H., and Pantera.[6] Johnson was fired from the band due to personal differences and the guys started looking for a new bassist. Chaffin responded to an ad in a newspaper posted by Jeff Bellew, citing The Crucified as an influence. Bellew joined the band and drove for four hours from his home in So Cal to Fresno every weekend to practice. Eventually the drive became too costly and he moved to Fresno to practice with the band.[7]

Box-set / Pillars Re-issue / Live Shows

In September 2008, the band was able to acquire their music from Ocean Records and put together a commemorative box-set released through Tooth & Nail Records on June 30, 2009. The band also began offering new merchandise on their website and MerchNow. And on November 17, 2009, Tooth & Nail Records re-released the band's final full-length 1991 release, The Pillars of Humanity.

The band played their first show in 14 years on June 14, 2009 at the Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Diamond Bar, California, and also played at the Cornerstone Festival on the night of July 3, 2009.[8]

The band performed their first show overseas on October 31, 2009 at the Nordic Festival in Oslo, Norway.


Current members
Name Instrument Years Other groups
Mark Salomon vocals 1985–1993 Stavesacre, Neon Horse, Outer Circle, White Lighter
Greg Minier guitar 1984–1993 Applehead, Minier
Jeff Bellew bass 1990–1993 Stavesacre, CHATTERBoX
Jim Chaffin drums 1984–1993 Fasedown, The Blamed, Deliverance, Once Dead
Former members
Name Instrument Years Other groups
Wayne Stonecipher vocals 1984–1985 (with KGB)
Kirk Palmer bass/keyboards 1984–1985 (with KGB)
Trevor Palmer bass 1985–1988
Mark Johnson bass 1988–1989 Martyr, Blessing the Hogs, Snail, P.A.S.T.E.


Studio albums

Year Album details
1989 The Crucified
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Narrowpath
  • Format: CD, lp, cassette
1991 The Pillars of Humanity
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Ocean
  • Format: CD, cassette,
2009 The Complete Collection


Year Demo details
1985 KGB
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: independent
  • Format: cassette
1985 Take up Your Cross
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: independent
  • Format: cassette
1986 Nailed
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: independent
  • Format: cassette
1989 Live at the New Order
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: independent
  • Format: cassette
1992 Nailed/Take up Your Cross

Other projects




  1. ^ Salomon 2005, p. 51
  2. ^ Van Pelt, Doug (2005). "The Crucified interview 2005".  
  3. ^ a b Salomon 2005, p. 53
  4. ^ Salomon 2005, p. 54
  5. ^ a b Salomon 2005, pp. 91–92
  6. ^ Salomon 2005, p. 94
  7. ^ Salomon 2005, p. 95
  8. ^ "Cornerstone 2009 Bands". Retrieved 2009-07-14. 

External links

  • Official website
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