On September 14th, 2016 the biggest rendition of Calgary Metalfest (CMF) will be kicking off it’s fifth year and the line up has been catching international attention. The big deal this year is of course the final night of the festival where attendees will be treated to a “Historic Night of Canadian Metal” featuring Annihilator, Exciter (original 1985 line-up), Razor and Sacrifice, all sharing the same stage on September 17th, 2016. The preceding nights have killer draws as well with The Exalted Piledriver headlining Thursday September 15th at the Distortion Music Venue and Toxic Holocaust, the only international act on the bill, will be tearing apart Dickens Pub on Friday night. The rest of the bill is packed with a selection of local heavy hitters and new acts that the founder of the festival, Nate Renaud, thinks you should check out.
Canadian thrash metal veterans SACRIFICE played their first-ever European show this past Saturday (April 30) at the Keep It True festival at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.
Commented the band: “Thank you to everyone that organized and attended Keep It True. We had a great time playing our first show in Europe. Met many SACRIFICE fans from the beautiful country of Germany, and around the world. Thank you for having us, we are sure that will not be the last time we perform in Europe. A big cheers to all that attended.”
Video footage of SACRIFICE’s performance at Keep It True can be viewed below.
War On Music Records released “The Ones I Condemn”, the latest album from SACRIFICE, on vinyl for the first time on March 26, 2010. It was made available as a limited pressing gatefold LP. The first three albums from SACRIFICE — “Torment in Fire” (1986), “Forward to Termination” (1987) and “Soldiers Of Misfortune” (1990) — were also re-released on vinyl via War On Music Records (on February 26, 2010).
“The Ones I Condemn” was made available in July 2009 via Brazil’s Marquee Records. The CD was recorded at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto, Ontario with engineer Darius Szczepaniak, who has previously worked with I MOTHER EARTH, SUM 41 and EDWIN, among many others. Guest musicians on the album include Jed Simon (ZIMMERS HOLE, TENET, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, ARMOROS), who “[laid] down a total whammy-bar barrage,” and the band’s old Scarborough metal comrade Dave Hewson (SLAUGHTER, STRAPPADO), who lent some guest vocals to “The Devil’s Martyr”.
The Canadian version of “The Ones I Condemn”, featuring an exclusive bonus track — a cover of RUSH’s “Athem” — is available in the USA through Relapse, Metal Haven Chicago, The End Records and Century Media mailorders.
An interview with vocalist & guitarist Rob Urbinati
Interview by Luxi Lahtinen
The Canadian (thrash) metal scene used to be one of the most interesting and strongest back in the day, especially during the ´80s. Many of us could name at least a half dozen of metal bands out from that country that made a great impression on us in the ´80s (Exciter, Razor, Annihilator, Voivod, Infernäl Mäjesty, Dead Brain Cells, etc. – actually it´s this easy) by churning out many great albums to their roster that are considered as the true classics of the genre these days.
Then, the new millenium 2000 brought us many comebacks of once defunct thrash acts – some of their comebacks being somewhat well-grounded while some others not that much. If there´s one particular thrash band that could be said to be worth coming back, it´s definitely the legendary Canadian thrash warriors called Sacrifice who released such fine tour-de-forces of thrash, like the TORMENT IN FIRE and FORWARD TO TERMINATION albums during that golden decade of thrash metal.
Sacrifice have currently been working hard on their 5th studio album, titled THE ONES I CONDEMN, at Rouge Valley Studio here in Toronto, together with engineer Darius Szczepaniak – and if Rob´s own words about the album are anything to go by, expect no less than Sacrifice´s return to the basics of thrash. As Rob himself has promised, the album´s gonna be fast, heavy and devastating – and it´s gonna sound like it´s been done by a real band instead of some computer-program-fixed band.
I contacted Rob recently and and asked him to reveal some more details about the new Sacrifice album – amongst other things, via this email conversation that Rob was kind enough to do with me for Metal-Rules.com. What is certain, THE ONES I CONDEMN won´t let leave thrash fans cold – just believe me! ;o)
Sacrifice – Rob Urbinati Interviewed on September 28, 2006 by Blake ‘Metal’ Wolfe
We got to speak with vocalist/guitarist Rob Urbinati of Sacrifice after their recent reunion performance at Toronto’s second annual Day of the Equinox (DOTE) festival. We spoke to Rob about the festival, the reunion how & why, re-issued CD’s, the possible future for Sacrifice, etc. Enjoy!
Rob Urbinati: Ex-Sacrifice frontman returns with new band INTERZONE!
Interviewed by EvilG
When I was “growing up” there was always a small number of bands from Canada that I respected both for the fact that they were (like myself) Canadian, and for the fact that they were one of the best bands we had to offer the metal world. One such band is Sacrifice. Sadly, the band is no more, but fortunately Sacrifice’s frontman (guitarist and vocalist) Rob Urbinati has put together a new band that is sure to turn many heads as well as please fans of his former band. Even though Sacrifice was well known and respected, after they broke up there was very little press on the subject so hooking up with Rob was was a great opportunity!