The Daily Journal reports that Clarence “CJ” Jenkins, bassist of Philly-area thrash band Faith Or Fear, died onstage this past Sunday of an apparent heart attack. He was 50. While many Insider readers might not know who the band was, their 1988 album, Punishment Area (Combat/Relativity) was huge in Philly, mainly based off the strength of the title track. While they were poised to be as popular as contemporaries like Exodus and Overkill, that didn’t happen, and the band broke up in the early ’90s.
The band had reunited in 2008, releasing the album Instruments of Death earlier this year. The performance Sunday in their home town of Millville, NJ was their first performance there in 20 years. It’s definitely sad that CJ died so young, but music was his life. He had worked at Musikraft LLC, a company that makes necks and bodies for guitars and basses, and he went out doing what he loved best. Watch Faith or Fear perform “Punishment Area” after the jump