Sacred Reich
The American Way


3.5
great

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (69 Reviews)
June 12th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sacred Reich's most politically driven record to date.

Sacred Reich is a thrash metal band hailing from Phoenix Arizona. They are one of many thrash bands to come up during the so-called second wave of thrash, having formed in 1985. Often noted for their politically charged lyrics and heavy slayer-esque form of thrash, the band found moderate success in the late 80's and early 90's. This release in particular catapulted the band to the fore-front of thrash when it was in full swing in the early 90's, right before grunge exploded and heavy metal in general was in decline.

Sacred Reich has always distanced themselves from the majority of thrash bands by adding politically charged messages to their songs, and this album is no exception. From taking shots at their own countries faults, to songs of apartheid in Africa, the band definitely had a message they wanted to be heard. This album contains some of the bands most politically charged and bitter material to date. It is quite refreshing to step away from the self absorbed lyrics of other bands and artists, and hear someone speaking of things that actually matter. However, strong subject matter mean nothing if the music is not strong, but this is not the case. The music found on "The American Way" is very aggressive and intense. Although the music may seem pretty tame in comparison to the brutal thrash metal assault found on "Ignorance", the band decided that a change in sound was needed with concern towards their 1990 release. Instead the band decided to play a broader form of heavy metal, slowing down their sound considerably. This is a gamble though, as loud and extremely fast thrash is what made these guys so enjoyable to fans in the past. Despite all of this, the band still comes out swinging, with blazing riff driven and energetic material that is hard to not enjoy and bang you heard to. Some tracks are prime examples of what makes Scared Reich so great, but others fall flat, failing to make an impression. The albums also seem to drag in spots, particularly with the opener "Love...Hate". However the positives largely outweigh the negatives in respects to songwriting, musicianship and attitude.

The band was also able to keep the producer of their first album, Bill Metoyer. Metoyer has worked with bands like Slayer, Atrophy, D.R.I. and Flotsam and Jetsam. Just from that part of his resume, one can assume he knows what he’s doing with metal recordings, and he helped give this album its signature heavy sound. The record is very heavy and has been mixed well, because every instrument can be heard clearly and sounds great. Another thing this record has going for it, is the improved vocals from Phil Rind. In this release, Phil Rind’s vocals are now more audible and easier to understand. The Guitar work is also very heavy and enjoyable to listen to because of the many blazing riffs and shredding solos. And to top it all off, the drums are tight, and the bass is pretty audible and grooving. The band truly knew what the fans wanted, and they delivered with skill and finesse.

Although the band did slow down a bit, one can still find some quality Sacred Reich here. The band proves with this release that a change in sound is not always a bad thing. Although I personally prefer their debut, this record is still a great release from a solid band. Fans will enjoy this; however I will always point newcomers toward the band's debut, "Ignorance".

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
- The American Way
- Crimes Against Humanity
- State of Emergency

CREDITS:
Phil Rind - vocals, bass
Wiley Arnett - guitar
Jason Rainey - guitar
Greg Hall - drums

Produced by: Bill Metoyer, Sacred Reich
Engineered by: Bill Metoyer, Scott Campbell

Recorded: 1989-1990
Released: May 15, 1990

Label: Metal Blade/Roadracer Records



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KILL
June 12th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

great review bro agreed ignorance kicks this up the ass

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ThrashTillDeath94
June 12th 2012


617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ignorance is probably the band's best album hands down.

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ThrashTillDeath94
June 12th 2012


617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh and thanks. Nice Rush review the other day too.

MyWife
June 12th 2012


367 Comments


yea this sux

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There is a tendency to underrate this because it is not as extreme sounding as the previous album.

I think this is one of the best crossover thrash albums out there, and by crossover I don't just mean the interplay between thrash and hardcore.

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MyWife
June 12th 2012


367 Comments


what else do u mean then

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There is funk in it, there is ballad- esque parts that are placed consecutively with the thrash ones, there is a lot of stuff going on.

KILL
June 12th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

rockin to independent

KILL
June 12th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

words of life

KILL
June 12th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

2 week sucks even a week was killin me, bro if you wana review go on justice's account the password is urinalsrule

KILL
June 12th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

dude review clockwork, i'll review it again on joseph

ThrashTillDeath94
June 12th 2012


617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"There is a tendency to underrate this because it is not as extreme sounding as the previous album."

My rating had nothing to do with 'Ignorance", despite mentioning it a few times. Honestly i like this album, but for me personally, giving it anything higher than a 3.5 is lying. I thought the recording was a solid 3.5 based on listening to it for nearly 5 hours straight, and taking notes throughout that time. I don't really believe its underrated at all. It is what it is. Only real fans of thrash really know who these guys are so the ratings are genuine. As i'm writing this i'm still listening to it, so I do like it a lot.

ThrashTillDeath94
June 12th 2012


617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

By the way i really don't think that a 3.9 overall rating is low or underrated at all. That's actually a pretty good place to be. But regardless, cheers for reading my reviews and giving me feedback. I always appreciate your responses because you provide good content yourself.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ ThrashTillDeath94

I wasn't referring to your review which was great, what I wrote was a general comment.

I said there is a tendency to underrate this, not that this tendency is the prevailing one, perhaps i didn't phrase it correctly.

ThrashTillDeath94
June 12th 2012


617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah i see, thanks for clearing that a up a little. But yeah generally speaking, there are quite a few people who underrate some pretty solid albums on here.

Anyways i have been wandering, how does one become a Contributing Reviewer? How long did it take?

Ovrot
June 12th 2012


10554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Best Sacred Reich

KILL
June 12th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

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