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Sunday Old School: Arizona Thrashers 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.

Sacred Reich - The American Way

Sacred Reich - Independent

Sacred Reich - Crawling

Sacred Reich - Low

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. METAL213 writes:

Good choice MU. Ignorance is a must have classic trash metal album and a very underrated one too

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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

Excellent peice Oz. I went to grade school with Jason. Last I heard they were still touring Europe.

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3. Diamond Oz writes:

That's pretty cool BG! I finally got to see Sacred Reich last year at Graspop, they were fantastic.

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4. FullMetalSlug writes:

Wow i completely forgot about these guys i remember jamming to them back in jr.high nice article Oz

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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

Lol... Every time I see one of their vids it reminds me of old times at Hohokam elementary school.

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6. hellrat writes:

saw these dudes in scottsdale one time with a band called rabid rabbitt WAY the fvck back in the day....must of been right around nicaragua....i was such a hell-baked 13-14 year old, can't really remember much of show, but i'm pretty sure both bands were pretty good :)

hell blind, you were probably there!

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7. Blindgreed1 writes:

HR: Likely. lol.

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8. OlafBerzerker writes:

Ignorance still gets regular play around here.

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9. deathfreak writes:

Nice /M\

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