Sacred Reich - _Heal_
(Metal Blade, 1995)
by: Adrian Bromley (
On their fourth full-length album, _Heal_, thrash metal commandos Sacred Reich come out of the starting gate in full stride without looking back. Knocked down and kicked around by the end of the first killer track 'Blue Suit, Brown Shirt,' I was blown away and in obvious pain, and completely delirious of what else would be coming around the bend. Track after track, the adrenaline rush of bassist/vocalist Phil Rind and his posse explode into a riff rockin' onslaught of thrash and mayhem. Need a pit? Slap on 'Don't' or 'Who Do You Want To Be?' Need something to release your tension and anger? Look no further than the Black Sabbath-esque doobie anthem 'Ask Ed', 'Low' or even the title track. Glad to see that this band is still out there after the brilliant, yet poorly received previous effort, _Independent_ (1993), almost made them go bye-bye. Too bad - I liked that record. If you are looking for speed/thrash metal the way it used to be - and oughta be - pick up _Heal_. It is about time someone came around to help the metal community. Thank the gods Phil Rind has not given up.
(article published 1/17/1996)
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