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Sacred Reich

From: AZ, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Sacred Reich News

Below is our complete Sacred Reich news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Free Thrash Compilation Available For Download

Metalhit.com has made a thrash metal compilation available for free download via Amazon MP3. Here's the tracklisting for the free compilation:

1. Nocturnal "Hellhunt" (2:35)
2. Victimizer "Tyrants Genocide" (4:22)
3. Atomizer "These Hands Will Never Be Clean" (3:21)
4. Sacred Reich "The American Way" (3:41)
5. Sacrilege "The Fear Within" (4:35)
6. Hirax "Eradicate the Mind" (3:39)
7. Morbid Scream "Morbid Scream" (2:44)
8. Violated "No Chance in Hell" (4:09)
9. Nunslaughter "Raid the Convent" (2:16)
10. Sacrilegio "The Traitor" (4:44)
11. Aggression "Better You Run" (3:10)
12. The Possessed "Pentagram" (live) (3:59)

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Sunday Old School: Sacred Reich

The thrash metal movement in the eighties saw bands all over the world adopt the new approach to heavy metal, and the United States were arguably the champions of the genre. Although it was California and New York that were credited with some of the biggest and best names in thrash, other states produced some of the heaviest hitters of the bunch. A great example of this, would be the state of Arizona, which produced the politically minded Sacred Reich. The band formed in 1985 by vocalist and bass player Phil Rind and signed to Metal Blade Records, one of the biggest labels for thrash metal at the time, soon after. They released their first album, "Ignorance" in 1987 and was extremely well received by thrash fans all across the globe. An EP entitled, "Surf Nicaragua" followed the next year and featured a cover of the Black Sabbath classic, "War Pigs," as well as a passage from the song "Wipe Out" in the EP's title track.

After another EP, this one recorded live at the Dynamo festival in the Netherlands, Sacred Reich released a second album named, "The American Way" in 1990. The album saw a departure somewhat from their thrash metal sound, without discarding it completely and once again, was loved by fans and critics alike. Their next album, "Independent" did not find as much favour as their first two releases, but contained some stellar material, such as the title track. This album would also introduce drummer Dave McClain, who later went on to join Machine Head. Three years later, Sacred Reich released their fourth, and to date final studio album, "Heal," which regained the critical praise that "Independent" did not receive. After an absence of six years, the band's original drummer Greg Hall rejoined the group and they subsequently released a live record entitled, "Still Ignorant" in 1997. Sadly, this would prove to be the final release from Sacred Reich, as they decided to call it a day in 2000.

In 2007, the band decided to reform with the lineup of Phil Rind, Greg Hall and guitarists Wiley Arnett and Jason Rainey, peforming live around the world, most noticably at European festivals such as Wacken Open Air and Graspop Metal Meeting. Although the band has showed no sign in ending these performances any time soon, Rind has repeatedly stated that the band will not record another studio album. More...

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Sacred Reich Live Video Of "War Pigs" Posted

High quality video footage of Sacred Reich performing a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" has been posted online. The performance is from March 6, 2010 at Circo Volador in Mexico City, Mexico can be viewed below.

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Initial Bands Confirmed for Rockarea Fest 2010

SACRED REICH, BENEDICTION and ENSIFERUM are among the first confirmed bands for next year's edition of the Rockarea festival, set to take place July 29-31, 2010 in Loreley, Germany. The lineup so far includes:

BENEDICTION
ENSIFERUM
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GORILLA MONSOON
MEGAERA
SACRED REICH

Check out ACHERON's latest music video for "I am heathen" below.

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Sacred Reich To Re-Issue "Independent"

American thrash metal veterans Sacred Reich has announced that they will be releasing their album, "Independent" on March 5th next year through Displeased Records. The record will contain five bonus tracks and the first 2,500 copies of the album will feature a free "Independent" patch.

The bonus tracks are as follows:

"A Question" (from A Question EP)
"Let's Have A War" (FEAR cover from A Question EP)
"Who's To Blame" (from A Question EP)
"The Big Picture" (MDC cover from Open Book EP)
"Crawling" [radio edit] (from Crawling EP)

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Misery Index Confirmed For Mezcal Metal Fest

Misery Index have issued the following statement about confirming their appearance at Mexico's Mezcal Metal Fest:

"Hey all, we are playing the Mezcal Metalfest on Sept 13, I think we are supposed to get our own limited edition Misery Index Tequila bottles in return. Sounds dangerous...come out Mexico City!"

Other confirmed bands include Testament, Grave Digger, Deicide, Sacred Riech, and Death Angel. The promotional poster for the festival can be found here.

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Sacred Reich Posts European Tour Report

Sacred Reich has recently finished touring across Europe. A message from vocalist/bassist Phil Rind reads as follows:

"We're back now from our trip to Europe. The shows were great! Thanks to everyone who came out, hung out, had a chat, got an autograph, a pick, bought a shirt or otherwise made it a fun time. Thanks to the two Polish guys who hitch hiked 1000 km to Munich!

"Highlights from Hellfest: Seeing GOJIRA, SOULFLY and MACHINE HEAD. Jamming again with (former drummer) Dave McClain. Meeting John Joseph from the CRO-MAGS and listening to him tell funny stories at dinner. More...

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Sacred Reich Issues Update About Arizona Show

Thrash band Sacred Reich has issued the following update about the upcoming show in Arizona:

"See you all at the show on Saturday at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.

"Doors are at 6:00. We are doing a signing in the lobby by the merchandise area from 7-8.

"We're busting out a couple of songs that we haven't played in a long time. One we probably haven't played in over twenty years! It will be fun.

"See you there!

"Peace, Phil"

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Sacred Reich Announces More European Shows

Reunited thrash metal legends Sacred Reich has announced some more shows for their upcoming trek of Europe this summer.

The updated tour schedule is now as follows:

May
30 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo
31 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Rock Hard

June
20 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
21 - London, England - Scala (with WARBRINGER)
24 - Zwolle, Netherlands - Hedon
25 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7 (with Warbringer)
26 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head!!!
27 - München, Germany - Backstage *
28 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting

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Exodus Confirmed For Bang Your Head Open Air 2009

Germany's Bang Your Head Open Air Festival 2009 has confirmed Exodus as the latest band to play. The show is set to take place on June 26th and 27th at Messegelände Balingen. Other confirmed bands include Blind Guardian, W.A.S.P., Sodom, Voivod, Powerwolf, Alestorm, and Sacred Reich.

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Slipknot, Down And More Added To Graspop 2009

The organizers of this years Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has announced some more bands for the festival in the form of Slipknot, Down, Exodus, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Motley Crue, Gojira, The Gathering, Buckcherry, Marilyn Manson, Jon Olivia's Pain, Pestilence and August Burns Red.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Motley Crue
Slipknot
Marilyn Manson
Down
Exodus
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Hatebreed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Mastodon
Gojira
Buckcherry
Pestilence
August Burns Red
Papa Roach
Jon Olivia's Pain
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Lacuna Coil Confirmed For Graspop 2009

Italian goth metallers Lacuna Coil has announced that they are the latest band to be confirmed for this years edition of Graspop Metal Meeting which will be held from June 26th-28th in Dessel, Belgium.

The lineup is now as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Disturbed
God Forbid
Anthrax
Sacred Reich
Papa Roach
Volbeat
W.A.S.P.
Trivium
Devildriver
Epica
Blind Guardian
Wolves In The Throne Room
Legion of The Damned
Laaz Rockit
Scar Symmetry
Kataklysm
Firewind
Parkway Drive
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Eths
Negura Bunget

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop

Progressive metal legends Dream Theater are the latest act to be confirmed for Belgium's biggest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel between June 26th-28th.

The lineup so far is as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Dream Theater
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Sacred Reich Announces London Show

Reunited American thrash metal legends Sacred Reich has announced a one off show in London on June 21st. The concert will be taking place at the Scala Ballroom in Camden, North London.

The band will be appearing at numerous festivals in Europe over the summer period which are as follows:

May
30 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo
31 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Rock Hard Festival

June
20 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
21 - London, UYK - Scala
25 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
26 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival
28 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting

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First Bands Announced For Graspop 2009

The first batch of bands for Belgium's premiere metal festival, Graspop has been revealed. The event will take place on June 26th-28th in Dessel.

The initial bands are as follows:

Heaven And Hell
Disturbed
Volbeat
Papa Roach
Blind Guardian
Anthrax
Trivium
W.A.S.P.
Sacred Reich
DevilDriver
Epica
Legion Of The Damned
Parkway Drive
God Forbid
Kataklysm
Firewind
Laaz Rockit
Keep Of Kalessin
Scar Symmetry
Samael
Dagoba
Taake
Negura Bunget
Wolves In The Throne Room
Eths

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Sacred Reich Announces European Tour Dates

Arizona thrashers, SACRED REICH, have announced the confirmed dates for their European Summer Tour 2009, which currently include the following:

5/30 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo
5/31 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Rock Hard Festival
6/20 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
6/25 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
6/26 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival
6/28 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting

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Sacred Reich To Re-Release "The American Way"

Displeased Records has announced plans to re-issue a remastered version of SACRED REICH's "The American Way." It will be released as digipak and jewelbox on February 16, 2009. The first 2,500 copies will have a free Sacred Reich patch.

Bonus tracks on the reissue include:

The American Way (demo)
Love… Hate (demo)
Crimes Against Humanity (demo)
State Of Emergency (demo)
I Don’t Know (demo)
The American Way (video clip)

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Sacred Reich Confirmed For Hellfest

Reunited thrash metal act Sacred Reich has announced that they will be performing at Hellfest in France next year. The festival takes place from June 19th- 21st and also boasts a lineup featuting Heaven And Hell, Anthrax, Amon Amarth, Orange Goblin Cathedral, Manowar, God Forbid, Gorgoroth and Stratovarius. More bands will be announced soon.

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Sacred Reich To Re-Issue More Albums

Sacred Reich vocalist/bassist Phil Rind has posted the following brief message online:

"More re-issues in the works? Some good news coming soon. We are working out some details. You will know as soon as we do."

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Metal Musicians React To Barack Obama Victory

History was made last night as the United States of America elected their first African-American President, Barack Hussein Obama. Over the past few months, musicians from all spectrums have been voicing their opinion over the historic race for presidency. Many of the same musicians have now voiced their opinion on the victory for the Democrats:

Sacred Reich frontman Phil Rind states: "It's over. The election has been decided. The American people have spoken loud and clear, and Barack Obama will be our next President. Many have waited eight long years for this day. We have suffered through two dissapointing and suspiscious elections. We have watched while Bush has made disasterous decisions, ruined the lives of millions of citizens, put our fighting men and women in harms way over a lie, and tarnished the image of America around the world.

"We have witnessed a historic moment when the spirit of the promise of America has been renewed. That Barack Hussien Obama was elected President of the United States is a testament to what is possible. That we had an opportunity to right our course, and that Americans overwhelmingly voted for change should bolster our hope for the future.

"We do not know what the fututre holds. There is a steep uphill battle to be fought to right the wrongs of our recent Presidential administration. But today we should be proud that a new spirit of hopefullness has replaced the cynicsm of our recent history. We should move forward together and write a new page in the ever changing landscape of Ameirica." More...

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