Sacred Reich
The American Way


4.5
superb

Review

by MrGunslinger USER (3 Reviews)
July 4th, 2011 | 75 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Probably the most underrated album. Ever.

American Way is a strange addition to the Sacred Reich library. Opinion on this band is completely split down the middle: you either love it because they thrash crazier than mosh pits on speed and acid, and for its lyrical topics attacking politics, or you hate them because many consider them just "another brick in the wall" when it comes to thrash. Unfortunately, if you agree with the latter, you are really an idiot. Sure, the riffs aren't that original, but the release of American Way completely exploded. Fans holed up in sold out arena shows, not to mention being one of the most successful Reich albums. It otherwise earned them an unforgettable spot in thrash.

But despite the fact that it is just a straightforward thrash album, perhaps that is the best thing for this epic. Despite the fact that the riffs are faster than a Bugetti Veyron at top speed down a freeway, this is one thrash album that you have never heard in thrash. Despite the fact that the drums blast louder than planets exploding, this is something never again performed in thrash. Despite the fact that the vocalist sounds like James Hetfield's Russian-Irish half-brother shrieking like a banshee, this is incredibly original.

This album creates some serious atmosphere, one that some thrash albums nowadays can not create (Acid Drinkers anybody"). This continues to attack politics, capital, and their inability to help nations. You could not ask for anything more different: American Way is an album that definitely soars beyond expectations, no matter how high or low. In a way, we should be glad this album did not make it big - if anybody listened to this album with goal-setting expectations, this is not something most would enjoy. This is a fist pumpin', heart thumpin' CD, and a damn good one.

The slight criticism aside, the biggest being the funk track "34 Flavors", this album is surprisingly considered a progressive metal LP, so if you had listened to Ignorance, expect a totally new sound. And yet, it still sticks to the formula, so you could call it progressive thrash, but that's just ludicrous. The lead vocals have improved from Surf Nicaurgua and Ignorance, going from shrieking like my drunk uncle when he's drowning himself on gin, to sounding like a viking on tar, cigarettes, and speed. So, yeah, it sounds better.

What you'll think of Sacred Reich's third masterpiece depends on how much you enjoyed their previous works. There is something called the infamous third album, one that many bands have. This is far from a bad third release, and even though they are now considered an excuse for a band (I think Heal divided fans more than Diamond Head did with What's In Your Head), these guys still show that they can rock hard. Happy 4th of July, America. This is the American Way, and it will rock your clothes off.


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Sacred Reich's most politically driven record to date....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
MrGunslinger
July 4th 2011


267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Happy 4th of July everyone. What better to celebrate than jamming one of the most bitter albums ever?

MrGunslinger
July 4th 2011


267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What no nobody will top this reich

ShadowRemains
July 4th 2011


25005 Comments


*Bugatti

MrGunslinger
July 4th 2011


267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, somebody actually sat down and REVIEWED A DAMN GOOD THRASH ALBUM when nobody else would.

rapsucks
July 4th 2011


32 Comments


fucking hell this sucks its modern music

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
July 4th 2011


16223 Comments


Yeah, 1990 is real modern.

MrGunslinger
July 4th 2011


267 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude rapsucks is one of his alts





Have you seen his beatles review

LepreCon
July 4th 2011


5454 Comments


Love you for reviewing this!

KILL
July 5th 2011


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

great shit

YetAnotherBrick
July 5th 2011


6691 Comments


lol that second paragraph is retarded

Psychopathologist
July 5th 2011


1922 Comments


good review but youve severely overrated this album

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 5th 2011


8235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

a decent review for a sick album.









youve severely overrated this album



the review rating is correct bro.

KILL
July 5th 2011


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ignorance is better tho

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2011


8235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ignorance has fewer memorable songs.



That's why it is inferior to The American Way.

KILL
July 13th 2011


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

lol nah dude but stay metal

Willie
Moderator
July 13th 2011


17623 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ignorance is better tho




I have to agree with Voivod. This album is better than Ignorance. It's just more varied. The riffs are more memorable and the songs stand out more.

Willie
Moderator
July 13th 2011


17623 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well said ;)

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2011


8235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Plus this record is one of the best incarnations of the so-called "crossover metal".

Willie
Moderator
July 13th 2011


17623 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Plus this record is one of the best incarnations of the so-called "crossover metal".
... if you've never heard DRI or Suicidal Tendencies.



Edit: Sonic beat me to it.

KILL
July 13th 2011


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this is kinda like ignorance without the thrash hard



its a great album with true passion lyrics but i just cant thrash that hard to it



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