Sacred Reich

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Sacred Reich
12-08 Wacken Sacred Reich 05.jpg
Background information
OriginPhoenix, Arizona, United States
GenresThrash metal
Years active1985–2000, 2006–present
LabelsMetal Blade, Enigma, Hollywood
MembersPhil Rind
Wiley Arnett
Dave McClain
Joey Radziwill
Past membersGreg Hall
Dan Kelly
Jeff Martinek (deceased)
Jason Rainey

Sacred Reich is an American thrash metal band based in Phoenix, Arizona, that was formed in 1985. Singer/songwriter Phil Rind's interest was in socially conscious and political speed metal. After several albums 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, but reunited in 2006. Sacred Reich has been credited, along with Testament, Destruction, Death Angel and Dark Angel, for leading the second wave of thrash metal movement in the late 1980s.[1]

Throughout its 34-career (with the exception of a hiatus from 2000 to 2006), Sacred Reich has performed live globally, including the United States and Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and has shared the stage with numerous bands such as Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Slayer, Motörhead, Sepultura, Pantera, Exodus, Testament, Anthrax, Flotsam and Jetsam, Dark Angel, Napalm Death, Obituary, D.R.I, Vio-lence, Forbidden, Holy Moses, Gwar, Suicidal Tendencies, Iron Reagan, Overkill, Kreator, Destruction, Corrosion of Conformity, King Diamond, Municipal Waste, the Cro-Mags, Sick of It All, Excel, Atrophy, Heathen, Armored Saint, Nuclear Assault, the Crumbsuckers, M.O.D., Agnostic Front, Death Angel, Onslaught, Xentrix, Coroner, Danzig, Crowbar, Viking, Evildead, Savatage, Trouble, Cathedral and Omen.

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 November 2006, the band announced they would play several shows in the summer of 2007 in Europe, including Wacken Open Air; however, they had no plans to record a new album.[2]

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. In the spring of 2017, the band announced their first North American tour in 21 years.[3]

In January 2018, Sacred Reich signed to Metal Blade Records and began working on their fifth studio album, Awakening, which was released on August 23, 2019.[4][5][6] It is the band's first full-length studio album since 1996's Heal, and their first since drummer Dave McClain and guitarist Joey Radziwill replaced founding members Greg Hall and Jason Rainey respectively.[7][8]


Current members[edit]

  • Phil Rind – vocals, bass (1985–2000, 2006–present)
  • Wiley Arnett – lead guitar (1986–2000, 2006–present)
  • Dave McClain – drums (1991–1995, 2018–present)
  • Joey Radziwill – rhythm guitar (2019–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Jason Rainey – rhythm guitar (1985–2000, 2006–2019)
  • Greg Hall – drums (1985–1991, 1996–2000, 2006–2018)
  • Dan Kelly – vocals (1985–1986)
  • Jeff Martinek – guitar (1985–1986, died in 2018)
  • Ray Nay – drums (1985)
  • Mike Andre – bass (1985)

Touring musicians[edit]

  • Chuck FitzGerald – drums (1996)
  • Tim Radziwill – drums (2018)



  • Draining You of Life (demo) (1986)
  • Surf Nicaragua (1988)
  • A Question (1991)
Live albums
  • Live at Wacken (2012)


  1. ^ "Sacred Reich announces "30 Years of Ignorance" USA tour with Byzantine as support". May 1, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Sacred Reich Interview". July–August 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  3. ^ Pryor, Terrance. "Sacred Reich celebrate 30 years of 'Ignorance' with Byzantine this fall". AXS. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "SACRED REICH Signs With METAL BLADE; First Album in More Than Two Decades Due Next Year". Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "SACRED REICH To Release 'Awakening' Album In The Summer". February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sacred Reich To Release New Album "Awakening" In August, Debut Video For Title Track". ThePRP. June 18, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "SACRED REICH Rejoined By Ex-MACHINE HEAD Drummer DAVE MCCLAIN". December 18, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "SACRED REICH Parts Ways With Guitarist JASON RAINEY, Announces Replacement". February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.

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