Banished formed in Buffalo, NY in 1987, initially under the name of Baphomet, and belonged to the early prolific generation of US death metal, beginning with their Morbid Realities demo in 1989, and then The Dead Shall Inherit debut for Peaceville in 1992. Baphomet developed a strong profile alongside fellow New Yorkers Suffocation and Immolation for shaping the brutal end of the death metal spectrum in the early-90's when the scene was truly flourishing, followed by a name change to Banished on the run up to the band's second album.
Retaining the same line-up, Banished entered Mark Studios in spring 1993 to record the Deliver Me Unto Pain album, which was released by Deaf/ Peaceville Records in 1994 before the group finally disbanded in 1995. A fitting follow-up and a fine example of no-nonsense relentless brutality, the album was warmly received in extreme metal circles and as a result Banished/Baphomet remain a cult act to this day. The controversial cover was created by notable comic artist Tim Vigil.