|Classic Review: Sacred Reich - Ignorance|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1987
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 4, 2006
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
The Bay area thrash explosion in the late 80's and early 90's spawned a lot of, for lack of a better term, one hit wonder bands. There were a lot of bands in that era that came out with one or two killer albums and then simply faded away. Bands like ADX, Abattoir, Heathen, Wrath, Whiplash, Hallows Eve, Exhorder, D.A.M., Death Angel and the list goes on. Another one of those bands was Sacred Reich and their one kick ass album was their debut Ignorance.
This album is more than just a one shot deal however since I consider this album to be one of the best thrash albums of all time. This is why I mentioned Death Angel earlier. These two bands are very similar in the fact that they had absolutely incredible debut albums and then every release afterwards really suffered by comparison. Although they were never able to recapture the magic on subsequent releases it certainly doesn't diminish how damn good this album is.
The album as a whole is incredible but where this one really shines is in the instrumental "jam" sections such as the first minute and a half of the album opener Death Squad and at the two and a half minute mark of the title track Ignorance. There were quite a few thrash bands at the time that used this (mainly in the Bay Area) and it is one of the things that I really liked about the genre overall. You can definitely see the influence that Iron Maiden had made on the entire Bay Area scene considering they have made a whole career out of these instrumental sections in their songs. Although a lot of thrash bands did this, Sacred Reich did it extremely well and it really shows on this album. From beginning to end this album just gets you hooked and before you know it is over and you find yourself hitting the repeat button on your CD player. Part of the reason the album is over before you know it brings me to my only complaint of the album and that is simply how damn short it is clocking in at a paltry 32 minutes. This is a minor complaint when you really think about it since if you feel an album is too short then you obviously really liked the album.
Overall if you are a fan of the thrash a genre in the least little bit then get your hands on this album as soon as possible as this one is a definite classic of the genre.
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