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Album Review

Arizona political thrashers Sacred Reich seemed all set to explode after the success of their 1990 opus The American Way. But almost three years would go by before anything was heard from them again, and by the time they finally returned with 1993's Independent, their momentum was lost and thrash metal in general was pretty much yesterday's news. Not that you'd be able to tell from Independent's first two songs: The title track (featuring a guitar riff so good, they used it twice on the same record — simply slowing it down for "Open Book") is a sarcastic onslaught the likes of which no band could do as well as the Reich, and "Free" follows suit with its equally powerful and ironic social commentary. But the songwriting takes a sharp dip in quality from there, and Phil Rind and company waste endless time on increasingly pedestrian mid-tempo protest moshers. In fact, variety only makes a belated return on the aforementioned "Open Book" and "I Never Said Goodbye" — an epic power metal ballad very uncharacteristic of the Reich, but quite good nonetheless. Not exactly an essential release, but it'll do the trick for Sacred Reich fanatics.

Customer Reviews


this is a great album fro one of the most under rated metal bands of all time.

Read my lips, I dont care what you say

This is an amazing metal album.....the band should have been much bigger. Think early Corrosion of Conformity,,,, great album


Formed: 1986

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by bassist/vocalist Phil Rind, this Phoenix-based band also includes Wiley Arnett, Jason Rainey, and Greg Hall. Sacred Reich is noted for its highly opinionated political lyrics, examination of personal politics, and thoroughly uncompromising spirit, as well as an occasional satiric sense of...
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1993

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