Thrashback Thursday: Sacred Reich “The American Way”
By Ides Bergen
Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 5:30 pm
Sacred Reich was a thrash band from Phoenix, Arizona that was active from 1985-2000. The band was originally managed by Gloria Cavalera, who is most known for guiding the career of her husband, the legendary Max Cavalera of Sepultura, Soulfully, and Cavalera Conspiracy fame. Drummer Dave McClain would go on to attain wider fame as a member of Machine Head.
The band has reunited periodically since 2007 to perform select live shows, but there are no current plans for new recordings or any widespread touring. They did announced back on their Facebook page in December that they’d be playing for the first time in Brazil this June with their old friends, Sepultura, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary.
Here with the prophetic title track of their 1990 Metal Blade Records album, The American Way, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is the highly underrated Sacred Reich.
“The American Way” Line-Up:
Phil Rind – vocals, bass
Wiley Arnett – guitar
Jason Rainey – guitar
Greg Hall – drums
Of note, the video for “The American Way” can be seen in the 1992 film Encino Man, when Brendan Fraser’s prehistoric caveman Link headbangs to the video when it comes on television after he accidentally steps on the TV remote.
Back in October 2013, frontman Phil Rind posted the following to Facebook about why there’s no new music planned:
So the number one question we get is “When are you going to do a new record?” (The #2 question is “When are you going to play-insert name of your city?”-) The answer is we are not going to do a new record. The follow up question would be “Never?” The follow up answer is we know better than to say “never”. I never thought we would even be playing any shows. So you just don’t know what the future holds. I can confidently say we have no plans to record, no songs to record and no idea what Sacred Reich even would sound like in 2013. We appreciate the fact that any of you even care about hearing a new record. We thank each and every one of you for supporting and continuing to support the band. We think it’s amazing that after 25 years, and 16 years since a new record anyone still remembers who we are. So we thank you. Enjoy the old records. That’s what we can offer you. If we ever change our minds you will be the first to know.
In October 2014, he posted, “Before I die I’d love to play a show with Metallica and Slayer.” (We’d love to see that, too – though, there was that one impromtu Slaycred Reitallica show.)
Lady Liberty rots away
no truth, no justice the American way