Sacrifice
Forward to Termination


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
August 4th, 2012 | 33 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If this isn’t cooking then I don’t know what is.

The genre of thrash metal is an extremely rewarding style of music that goes well with high energy moments such as working out, chilling with friends, drinking[unless you’re a depressive drinker], and extreme sports. There are even rare cases where individuals like myself, enjoy thrash while going to sleep in bed. Whatever the enjoyment is you may have for it no one can really deny its effect on getting you pumped. We have tons of thrash bands to choose from since it’s been around for over 20 years. Many artists have attempted to hit the ranks of notable thrash acts Kreator, Death Angel, Solstice, and Destruction. And fortunately for us, many have and should be as well known as the aforementioned bands. Sacrifice is one such band and due to lack of proper marketing or the sole desire of wanting to remain underground Sacrifice has been sadly overlooked.

Sacrifice is an amazing, solid, Canadian thrash band; and one of the most well known pioneers of the old school thrash scene. They’ve released 5 LP’s since their beginning as a band in 1984. Their second LP “Forward to Termination” is often looked at as their finest moment, showcasing their amazing song writing capabilities and passion for showing what thrash music is really capable of. Their riffs are both complex and fast but they also gear more towards the simple-heavy side from time to time. I like to think of them as having characteristics that blend Kreator’s, Destruction’s, and Metallica’s early styles. Many of the tracks here are very solid but sometimes any given particular song doesn’t always reach above the others. Take for instance track “Forever Enslaved”, it’s full of ripping riffs and killer drum sections but it’s still on a level playing field as its previous track “The Entity”. This isn’t a huge drawback since the whole album is solid but it does prevent me from viewing this as a classic no matter how praised Sacrifice may be.

It’s interesting to notice that the second half of “Forward to Termination” is much stronger than the first. Most of the tracks tend to pick up intensity, speed, and creativity like “Cyanide” and “Light of the End” that feature some of the tastiest tremolos and solos the album has to offer. The drums work of Craig Boyle really brings the flavor of the album to life, one that is rich in dynamic thrusts and pendulous in creativity, usually just going for what apparently feels best and nailing it every time. The dueling guitar work of Rob Urbinati and Joe Rico are extremely tight and you can feel the push that each of them give as songs progress. The vocal deliveries of Urbinati showcase varied screams and shouts, very similar to Kreator’s and Destruction’s styles. They fit the music very well and never detract from the songs, they actually push the tempos forward as most of the times the lyrics are executed just as fast as the riffs and drums are.

The album is a good length. Since most songs don’t tend to make the others look lesser or greater, except for the fact that the second half is stronger, you won’t tend to want to be shuffling all over the album looking for your favorite moments or tracks. Out of the 9 tracks we have about an average track time of 3-4 minutes so it’s not over exhausting because music is not progressive in any sense.

“Forward to Termination” brings to life what Sacrifice was capable of as well as holding the mark for their greatest achievement. Their later albums are solid as well but you won’t production like the kind found on here; being that of an old school almost crusty vibe and sound levels perfectly intermingling amongst each other. I highly suggest that you pick this up and give it a try, it may not be the best thrash music ever made but it sure holds its ground against the greatest albums the genre has to offer.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
seedofnothing
August 3rd 2012


3425 Comments


badass album. Pos

ZedO
August 3rd 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thrash!!!!! must get this

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2012


4466 Comments


Good stuff. POS'd.

HSThomas
August 4th 2012


668 Comments


Decent review though

'It’s interesting to notice that the second half of “Forward to Termination” is much stronger than the first.'

Fuck no! The first three tracks are some of the best thrash ever recorded. The rest of the album struggles to stand up to them tbh.

YoYoMancuso
August 4th 2012


11319 Comments


good review pos'd

HSThomas
August 4th 2012


668 Comments


I know dude I just wanted to express my disagreement in a very overdramatic way ;) .

KILL
August 4th 2012


72660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

amazing

Digging: Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Jethro42
August 4th 2012


12860 Comments


CaptainDooThrash

ZedO
August 4th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes, this album is fucking solid captain...

ShadowRemains
August 5th 2012


21925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm this sounds intriguing

ShadowRemains
August 5th 2012


21925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm more of a dm guy than thrash



also, this rules

KILL
August 5th 2012


72660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

captain you gota review solders next

evilford
October 2nd 2012


23031 Comments


Sweet pos'd need to check this

Album art is fucking sweet

evilford
October 3rd 2012


23031 Comments


10000 whoa!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2012


22224 Comments


Gotta check this.

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Keyblade
October 3rd 2012


15748 Comments


thrash eh? fuck it, let's do this.

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Keyblade
October 3rd 2012


15748 Comments


fuck Terror Strikes and Re-Animation rule so hard m/

evilford
October 17th 2012


23031 Comments


rules

also this band has some cool album art

KILL
October 17th 2012


72660 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hard

evilford
October 24th 2012


23031 Comments


so good



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