Sacred Reich was a b-level thrash band from the US. Their heyday was in the late ‘80s/ early‘90s, and they made a mark. Displeased is re-issuing some of their records.
The American Way is a solid, albeit unspectacular, album. You can hear a great deal of Metallica influence in the vocals, whose syntax, although remarkable, can also be just as awkward. The songs aren’t the most intense or heavy of the genre, but are tight and hold together. The riffing can often be fairly generic, and the music is standard thrash, but well done.
It seems that Sacred Reich was more about social consciousness than many other thrash bands. This comes across in the lyrics well because of the singer’s delivery, which is done cleanly (but aggressively) in a simplified singing-cum-talking style. Songs like "Who’s to Blame" are as much about conveying a message than they are about bringing the metal. In this sense and vibe, Sacred Reich shares something more with punk music.
Distancing itself from being a purely metal band made up of metal-fanatics, Sacred Reich also recorded a funk song (featured on this disk), which talks about not listening only to metal, and exploring other genres. It’s actually one of the best songs on the album.
Good stuff, but you’ll get why Sacred Reich are not mentioned in the same breath as Sodom, for example. (6.1/10)
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