Sacred Reich founding guitarist Jason Rainey dead at 53

The likely cause was a heart attack.

Founding Sacred Reich member Jason Rainey has passed away at the age of 53. His wife Renee Novak broke the news on Facebook on March 17, saying that the likely cause was a heart attack.

“It is with deep sadness and broken hearts that we must announce that our friend, guitarist and founding member of Sacred Reich, Jason Rainey has passed away,” Sacred Reich posted on Facebook on March 17.

“Jason started the band after only playing guitar for six months. With sheer determination and will, he lead us through the early years of the band. He worked tirelessly. Sacred Reich was his life. Jason, we wish you peace and love.”


Rainey helped form the thrash metal band in the mid-’80s as their rhythm guitarist, and was part of spearheading the band’s breakneck heavy sound. Sacred Reich released four albums before disbanding in 2000, although their hiatus was short-lived.

The American outfit regrouped in late 2006 for an extensive tour that included a large performance at Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival. Last year, they released the new album Awakening, which was their first record in 23 years.

Rainey, who left the band in 2018 due to health concerns, was replaced by guitarist Joey Radziwill, who recorded Awakening with the remaining members.


RIP, Jason Rainey. Listen to Sacred Reich’s last album with Rainey, Heal:

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