Sacred Reich: A deep dive into their second album
Sacred Reich: A deep dive into their second album

Thrashcast Episode 2: Sacred Reich's 1990 album "The American Way"

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Show Notes:

Episode Two: Sacred Reich's The American Way (1990). The second studio album released May 15th, 1990 on Metal Blade Records is a part of the second wave of American thrash. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. Sacred Reich, were successful and alongside bands like Flotsam & Jetsam and Atrophy; as the trio propelled the State of Arizona into the thrash metal scene.

The glowing sales and popularity of their early albums, as well as the video for "The American Way" being briefly played in the 1992 movie Encino Man helped to significantly raise the band's profile. The band broke up briefly at the end of the 90's, but returned to touring in 2006 and finally released a new studio album entitled "Awakening" in 2019.

Fun fact: A cartoon sketch of a creature's face with what appears to be a gas mask, known as OD ('Our Dude') was created by Paul Stottler in 1987, first used as a t-shirt design. Other versions of OD, which the band describe as a "post-apocalyptic mutant warrior", appear on the cover art of the 1997 live CD, "Still Ignorant", and the 2007 "Ignorance & Surf Nicaragua EP" compilation CD/DVD.

The American Way debuted at No. 153 on the Billboard 200 charts lasting for nine weeks. The album was enhanced and remastered in 2009.

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About the artist(s):

Sacred Reich is an American thrash metal band based in Phoenix, Arizona, that was formed in 1985. The band split in 2000, but reunited in 2006. Sacred Reich has been credited, along with Testament, Destruction, Death Angel and Dark Angel, for leading the second wave of thrash metal in the late 1980s. – Wikipedia

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About the author(s):

Kenneth Gallant is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of horrormetalsounds.com. Ken originated the webzine as a column (on another Heavy Metal webzine) that paid homage to horror films incorporating the theme, or a soundtrack, of heavy metal music. Horrormetalsounds.com embodies his passion for horror films, comics and heavy metal music.

Billy K and Jim Harrison are co-creators of the Thrashcast and active contributors at The Metal Pit.