Arizona thrash metal veterans SACRED REICH will release their new album, “Awakening”, on August 23 via Metal Blade Records. The band’s first LP in 23 years was produced by Arthur Rizk, who has previously worked with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, POWER TRIP and CODE ORANGE, among others. The album marks SACRED REICH‘s first release since the return of drummer Dave McClain.
The official music video for the “Awakening” title track can be seen below. The clip was was shot by acclaimed director Mark Pellington (U2, FOO FIGHTERS, PEARL JAM, PUBLIC ENEMY).
“Awakening” is described in a press release as “a timeless collection comprised of blistering thrash, crushing grooves, killer solos and socially conscious lyrics that demonstrate a true understanding of everything that matters most in the world today.”
SACRED REICH guitarist and founding member Jason Rainey recently exited the band for “health reasons” and was replaced by Joey Radziwill.
Speaking about SACRED REICH‘s current lineup, bassist/vocalist Phil Rind said: “Dave is such a killer drummer and person. He works every day to become a better drummer, and I mean every day. His work ethic is inspiring. As much as he has accomplished, he is still open to what comes. Joey brings a higher level of musicianship and tightness to our band, and he brings a freshness to us. He gives us an opportunity for us to see things from a different perspective, and all of us were blown away by what he can do with a guitar and how effortlessly he does it.”
“Awakening” was engineered by John Aquilino and was mastered by Maor Appelbaum.
Regarding the new LP’s musical direction, Rind said: “Going into it, we had a loose idea as far as knowing that we wanted some fast, heavy songs to honor the old school fans that have supported us and gotten us to this point. We wanted everything to happen naturally. We didn’t want to force anything and we are super stoked with every song. It is easily the best thing we have ever done. Regardless of what happens with the record, the experience of making it was enough to satisfy us. Obviously, we hope people like it, but even if it tanked, it could not change the way we feel about it. We know what we did.”
“Awakening” track listing:
02. Divide & Conquer
04. Manifest Reality
05. Killing Machine
06. Death Valley
08. Something To Believe
SACRED REICH will tour Europe this summer and again in November with special guest NIGHT DEMON.