Assisting Sorrow was formed by guitarist Chris Leffler & drummer Jim Higgins after the demise of their former band, Death Metallers Cataclysm who issued several demos throughout the underground metal scene from 1992-1994. After deciding to change the band's name due to another act under the same moniker from Canada, Jim & Chris changed the band's name to Assisting Sorrow which was the title of one of the songs from their '93 demo. Unfortunately, due to everyone's disgust with the metal scene as well as uncommitted band members, the earliest incarnation of Assisting Sorrow called it a day in April of '94. Around the summer of '95, out of disgust with the death metal scene & realizing their common interest in all things metal, Jim & Chris decided to start writing & rehearsing what would become Assisting Sorrow! After searching & putting up ad's for a bassist & vocalist without any luck, Jim & Chris decided to enter the studio in April of '98 to record 3 new songs with Chris going on ahead & laying down all the bass tracks! Joining them on vocals was none other than ex-Cataclysm/current Abominant vocalist Mike Barnes who layed down his tracks only after rehearsing with the band 2 times! The results were Assisting Sorrow's 3-song Demo '98 which received a lot of praise & postive reviews from the likes of Metal Maniacs, Worm Gear (NJ), Il-literature zine, Metal Curse, Satan's Candy Basket, Ballbuster Mag, Sociopathic Despair zine, Metal Nightmare zine,etc. Finally, in July of 19...
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