Sacred Reich drop eviscerating new album, ‘Awakening’

    Listen to the thrash group’s first record in 23 years.

    Sacred Reich Awakening new album
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    After years of touring—and only touring—Sacred Reich have returned to the studio to record new material. That resulted in Awakening, their first album in 23 years, out today.

    The Phoenix outfit’s last album was Heal, released in 1996. Four years after that release, they broke up, reuniting and hitting the live circuit in 2006. Thirteen years of pent-up virtuosity, creativity and live excellence have resulted in a 30-minute masterclass in the golden era of thrash metal, produced by Arthur Rizk (Cavalera Conspiracy, Power Trip) at Arizona’s Platinum Underground studio.

    “Going into [the recording of Awakening], 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,” vocalist Phil Rind explained in a statement. “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.”

    Sacred Reich’s previous release was 2012’s Live at Wacken concert DVD. Savor their new studio album below: