Sacrifist

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Sacrifist
Studio album by Praxis
Released 1994
Genre Dub, experimental metal, noise rock, hip hop, avant-garde
Length 44:41
Label Subharmonic
Producer John T. Matarazzo on the reissue
Praxis chronology
A Taste of Mutation
(1992)
Sacrifist
(1994)
Metatron
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Wilson & Alroy 1.5/5 stars[2]

Sacrifist is the second album of the Bill Laswell led project Praxis, released in 1993 on Laswell's label Subharmonic.

Originally, the album was intended to be a Rammellzee project, but soon was converted into the second Praxis album, after suggestions made by John Zorn.[3]

The line-up features the core Praxis trio of Laswell, guitarist Buckethead and drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia. Additionally, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell (of Parliament-Funkadelic), both also featured on the debut album, return for one lengthy track each: "Deathstar" includes Collins' "free-form bass explorations" and "Crossing" features Worrell's "psychedelic improvisation on a distorted Hammond organ".[1] Vocals are handled by Mick Harris from Napalm Death and Scorn as well as Yamatsuka Eye from Boredoms. John Zorn added some saxophone parts, and the band Blind Idiot God is also featured. Some songs also contain sound samples from other places. For example, both the intro and the outro of the song "The Hook" are from the Japanese cult classic Tetsuo: The Iron Man.

The music itself is a mix of noisy speed/thrash metal with short interludes of dub music and hip-hop.[1]

Different pressings[edit]

Some CD pressings of the album have all the songs as one track in a somewhat lower sound quality and parts of the last track are missing. This reissue can be easily identified by looking at the back cover, which has the name of producer John T. Matarazzo listed.[1][4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stronghold"   Bill Laswell 1:34
2. "Cold Rolled/Iron Dub"   Andy Hawkins, Bill Laswell 6:22
3. "Suspension"   Bill Laswell 2:19
4. "Rivet"   Buckethead, Bill Laswell 5:23
5. "Deathstar"   Bootsy Collins 9:47
6. "The Hook"   Bill Laswell, John Zorn 6:17
7. "Nine Secrets"   Bill Laswell 3:16
8. "Crossing"   Bill Laswell 9:43

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Wilson & Alroy review". Warr.org. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  3. ^ Robert White. "FAQ 2.0". Bucketheadland.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  4. ^ Robert White. "FAQ 2.0". Bucketheadland.com. Retrieved 2012-03-08.