Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA  
Genres: Christian Metal
Official Site
Last update/review: September 8, 2004


Oil is one of those "where are they now?" bands, of initial interest to some due to featuring someone from a previously well-known band. Here the man in question is Ron Rinehart, former vocalist from the standout thrash band Dark Angel. But Oil is quite removed from being just another version of that band. First, Ron and his bandmates are Christian, a fact made abundantly clear in their lyrics. Second, the style here has little in common with Dark Angel. Make no mistake, Oil are quite heavy, but they aren't a thrash band, instead relying on a more contemporary mid-paced power groove, with Rinehart's vocals far more soulful than they were in his DA days. The lyrical content is, as previously mentioned, heavily Christian and slightly preachy, though they are delivered with conviction. They announced their breakup in July 2004.

Last Lineup

Ron Rinehart

vocals (Dark Angel)

Blake Nelson


Matthew Joy


Jason Vander Pal


Former Members/Guests


drums (ex-Alastis)


Oil  EP
1999 self-released
  1. When No One Cares
  2. Last Breathe
  3. Searching For Heaven
  4. Numbers
  5. Day or Night
  • Ron Rinehart
  • Blake Nelson
  • Matthew Joy
  • Eric

2000 Kalubone
  1. Divided
  2. Waiting There
  3. Scream
  4. Life Addiction
  5. Lost
  6. Open Wound
  7. Struggle
  8. S.I.N.
  9. I Won't Give Up
  10. Chopping Block
  • Ron Rinehart
  • Blake Nelson
  • Matthew Joy
  • Jason Vander Pal

Choice Cuts Off The Chopping Block  LIVE
2003 Roxx
  1. Intro
  2. Drown
  3. Life Addiction
  4. Struggle
  5. S.I.N.+
  6. Waiting There
  7. Walls
  8. After
  9. Picture This
  10. Divided
  11. When No One Cares
  12. Chopping Block
  13. This Is My Prayer (bonus studio track)
  14. Medicine Man (bonus studio track)
  • Ron Rinehart
  • Blake Nelson
  • Matthew Joy
  • Jason Vander Pal

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