Fresh of the back of a huge run of international shows, Hardline Media announce that SACRED REICH & VIO-LENCE will be heading DownUnder in February 2020 for an epic thrash double bill.
SACRED REICH back for a triumphant return to Aus
Formed in 1985 in Phoenix, Arizona, SACRED REICH are credited with being leaders of the second wave of thrash metal in the ‘80s, alongside Testament, Death Angel and Dark Angel. With their socially conscious and political brand of speed metal, SACRED REICH released a brutal run of albums on Metal Blade Records and Hollywood Records, notably EPs “Draining You of Life” (1986), “Surf Nicaragua” (1988), “A Question” (1991) and albums “Ignorance” (1987), “The American Way” (1990), “Independent” (1993), “Heal” (1996)…
2019 brought the much anticipated release of the band’s fifth studio album “Awakening” to rave reviews and the return of powerhouse Dave McClain on drums (Machine Head) to the SACRED REICH stronghold. Dave McClain (drums), Phil Rind (vocals, bass), Wiley Arnett (lead guitar) and new member Joey Radziwill (rhythm guitar) for a killer run of shows DownUnder.
VIO-LENCE first time in Australia
Formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1985, VIO-LENCE instilled themselves as groundbreakers of the second wave of thrash with their revered 1988 album “Eternal Nightmare”. Throughout ’88 and ’89, VIO-LENCE toured the album to great success alongside thrash comrades Testament, Voivod, Death Angel, Sanctuary, Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., M.O.D. and the Cro-Mags. In ’89, Megaforce Records/Atlantic signed the band, leading to the release of the bands’ second album “Oppressing the Masses” (1990). The band toured the album to packed crowds alongside Overkill, Forbidden, Exodus, Flotsam And Jetsam, Defiance, Rigor Mortis and Prong.
In 1991 VIO-LENCE released their EP “Torture Tactics” and their third studio album “Nothing to Gain”.
1993 brought the unfortunate break-up of the band, with some members splintering off to form Torque and Machine Head. Some 26 years later and reunited at last as VIO-LENCE, Phil Demmel (lead guitar), Deen Dell (bass), Sean Killian (vocals), Perry Strickland (drums) and Ray Vegas (rhythm guitar) will unleash their hefty sound and stage presence to the Aussie masses.
“I doubt I’ll see a display of audience passion and insanity comparable to what I witnessed and felt during Vio-lence’s set in a very long time”, Rob Shepyer (Janky Smooth).
This is a once in a lifetime thrash double bill DownUnder!
Wed 26 Feb Canberra, The Basement
Thurs 27 Feb Brisbane, The Triffid
Fri 28 Feb Sydney, The Manning Bar
Sat 29 Feb Melbourne, Max Watts
Sun 1 Mar Adelaide, Enigma
Tickets and info: www.hardlinemedia.net