Sacred Reich

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Sacred Reich
12-08 Wacken Sacred Reich 05.jpg
Background information
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Genres Thrash metal
Years active 1985–2000, 2007–present
Labels Metal Blade Records
Hollywood Records
Associated acts Machine Head
The Human Condition
Website Sacred Pages
Past members Phil Rind
Wiley Arnett
Jason Rainey
Greg Hall
Dan Kelly
Jeff Martinek
Dave McClain

Sacred Reich is a Phoenix, Arizona-based thrash metal[1] band that formed in 1985. Singer/songwriter Phil Rind's interest was in socially conscious and political speed metal. After several records on Metal Blade Records, they signed to Hollywood Records for a short stint, but later returned to Metal Blade to continue their musical career. The band split in 2000.

Former drummer Dave McClain went on to join Machine Head in 1995. Lead guitarist Wiley Arnett went on to form The Human Condition with St. Madness vocalist Prophet in July 2000.

In 2007, the band reunited to play several shows in Europe, including Wacken Open Air. However, according to an interview with bassist/vocalist Phil Rind, there are no plans to record a new Sacred Reich album.[2]

Band members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Greg Hall — drums (1985–1991, 1996–2000, 2007)
  • Phil Rind — vocals, bass (1985–2000, 2007)
  • Jason Rainey — rhythm guitar (1985–2000, 2007)
  • Wiley Arnett — lead guitar (1986–2000, 2007)
  • Dan Kelly — vocals (1985–1986)
  • Jeff Martinek — guitar (1985–1986)
  • Dave McClain — drums (1991–1995)


Album Year of release Label Type of the album Genre
Draining You of Life 1986 Self-released Self-released demo Thrash metal
Ignorance 1987 Metal Blade Studio album Thrash metal
Surf Nicaragua 1988 Metal Blade EP - CD version has two live bonus tracks Thrash metal
Alive at the Dynamo 1989 Roadracer Live EP Thrash metal
The American Way 1990 Enigma Records Studio album Thrash metal
Independent 1993 Hollywood Records Studio album Thrash metal
Heal 1996 Metal Blade Studio album Thrash metal
Still Ignorant 1997 Metal Blade Live album (1987–1997) Thrash metal


The band also contributed the Black Sabbath cover "Sweet Leaf" to the Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML compilation album to benefit NORML, and the Subhumans cover "The Big Picture" appears as the B-side of the "Open Book" promotional single. A three disk boxed set with remastered versions of Ignorance and Surf Nicaragua with additional bonus material, including the "Draining You of Life" demo tape and a live DVD, was originally slated for release in September 2005, but was released in Europe only in the summer of 2007 by Metal Blade Records.

A clip of the band's video for the song "The American Way" is used in the movie Encino Man. The title track from the album Independent can be heard in the college football movie The Program.


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  2. ^ "Sacred Reich Interview". July–August 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 

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