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Sacrilege

Sacrilege were a female-fronted thrash metal band from the Midlands region of England. Despite having played relatively fewgigs during their existence, Sacrilege are today recognised as an important band; both as an influence on later heavy metaland doom metal bands, and as an example of the blending of hardcore punk, radical politics, and heavy metal that occurredduring the 1980s, making Sacrilege one of the prototypical crust punk bands of the time.Prior to the formation of Sacrilege, guitarist Damian Thompson,drummer Andy Baker released a pair of thrash metal demosunder the moniker War ...read more

Sacrilege were a female-fronted thrash metal band from the Midlands region of England. Despite having played relatively fewgigs during their existence, Sacrilege are today recognised as an important band; both as an influence on later heavy metaland doom metal bands, and as an example of the blending of hardcore punk, radical politics, and heavy metal that occurredduring the 1980s, making Sacrilege one of the prototypical crust punk bands of the time.Prior to the formation of Sacrilege, guitarist Damian Thompson,drummer Andy Baker released a pair of thrash metal demosunder the moniker Warwound. In 1983, the duo joined the Varukers, Damian left the Varukers in 1984 to form Sacrilege. In1984 and '85, the band recorded demos and contributed tracks to the compilations "We Won't Be Your Fucking Poor"(Mortarhate, 1985) and Anglican Scrape Attic (a pre-Earache release from Digby Pearson).After replacing drummer Pickering with Andrew Baker, Sacrilege recorded their first album, Behind the Realms of Madness, in1985, which was released through the Bristol-based label Children of the Revolution (COR) Records. The album wasmoderately successful, selling a respectable 7000 copies. Shortly after this, the band brought in former Warhammer memberMitch Dickinson on second guitar, although he never played live with the band and he soon left to join hardcore group Heresyand later Unseen Terror. Around this time, the band were approached by FM Revolver Records, but this ultimately wentnowhere.Their second release, Within the Prophecy, was recorded in January 1987 at Birmingham's Rich Bitch Studios with Rob Bruceand producer Mike Ivory. It was released later that year through Under One Flag Records, a subsidiary of Music for Nations.Sacrilege underwent a significant line-up change at this juncture, replacing drummer Baker with Paul Brookes, bassist Maywith Paul Morrisey and adding rhythm guitarist Frank Healey. After a further change, this time replacing Brookes with newdrummer Spikey T. Smith, the new line-up recorded the band's third album, Turn Back Trilobite, issued in April 1989. Thisrecord saw the band moving away from their thrash metal roots into a more doom metal musical direction, with touches offolk. Sacrilege split up quietly in the early 1990s.After Sacrilege, Healey and Baker would go on to join Cerebral Fix, with Healey later joining Benediction and Baker also playingin an early incarnation of Cathedral. Brookes would also Benediction, and then metal act Marshall Law in 1999.Cerebral Fix covered Sacrilege's 'The Closing Irony' on their 1990 album 'Tower of Spite', suitably using it as the final trackand making a slight name alteration 'Closing Irony'.Sacrilege's first two albums were re-released through Blackend Records in 1996. « hide

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LPs
Turn Back Trilobite
1989

Within the Prophecy
1987

3.5
1 Votes
Behind the Realms of Madness
1985

3.8
5 Votes
Compilations
The Lost Tapes
01/01/2012

Reaping the Demo(n)s
2010

Time to Face the Reaper (The Demos 1984-86)
2010


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