Veteran Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH are currently in the studio recording their highly anticipated new studio album — the band's first in 23 years — titled "Awakening". Due this summer, the disc is being produced by Arthur Rizk, who has previously worked with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, POWER TRIP and CODE ORANGE, among others. "Awakening" will mark SACRED REICH's first release since the return of drummer Dave McClain.
Comments bassist/vocalist Phil Rind: "Recording is in full swing with producer Arthur Rizk at The Platinum Underground in Arizona. We are so excited to be back in the studio after 23 years. Dave is currently killing it on the drums. Sounds sick! Our new record, 'Awakening', is due this summer. Stay tuned! Tour dates across the planet coming your way!"
SACRED REICH has just announced tour dates across Europe and the U.S. The "Awakening" European tour will cover all of Europe and begins in November 2019. Additionally, SACRED REICH has announced a string of dates in North America alongside IRON REAGAN, LEEWAY and ENFORCED for May and European visits for festivals in July and August.
With IRON REAGAN, LEEWAY and ENFORCED:
May 09 - Asbury Park, NJ - House of Independents
May 10 - Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo
May 11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro
May 12 - Boston, MA - Once Ballroom
May 14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
May 15 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's
May 16 - Detroit, MI - Sanctuary
May 17 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
Summer festival appearances:
Jul. 06 - ES - Barcelona - Barcelona Rock Fest
Jul. 07 - IT - Verona - Rock The Castle Festival
Aug. 08 - CZ - Josefov - Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 10 - NL - Leeuwarden - Into The Grave Festival
Aug. 11 - BE - Kortrijk - Alcatraz Metal Festival
Aug. 12 - DE - Saarbrücken - Garage (w/ TESTAMENT)
Aug. 14 - DE - Regensburg - Airport Obertraubling (w/ TESTAMENT)
Aug. 18 - FR - Saint-Nolff - Motocultor Festival
Oct. 13 - US - Los Angeles - MegaCruise
"Awakening" European tour 2019:
Nov. 08 - DK - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
Nov. 10 - DE - Berlin - SO36
Nov. 12 - PL - Warsaw - Proxima
Nov. 13 - PL - Kraków - Kwadrat
Nov. 14 - CZ - Praha - Futurum
Nov. 15 - HU - Budapest - Dürer Kert
Nov. 16 - SI - Ljubljana - Orto Bar
Nov. 17 - AT - Graz - Explosiv
Nov. 20 - FR - Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
Nov. 21 - ES - Barcelona - Sala Razzmatazz 2
Nov. 22 - ES - Madrid - Sala Mon Live
Nov. 23 - ES - Bilbao - Santana 27
Nov. 24 - FR - Limoges - CC John Lennon
Nov. 26 - FR - Savigny-le-Temple - L'Empreinte
Nov. 27 - UK - London - Underworld
Nov. 29 - UK - Newcastle - University
Nov. 30 - UK - Glasgow - Classic Grand
Dec. 01 - UK - Belfast - Limelight 2
Dec. 03 - IR - Dublin - Voodoo Lounge
Dec. 04 - UK - Wolverhampton - Steelmill
Dec. 06 - NL - Leiden - Gebr. De Nobel
Dec. 07 - NL - Helmond - Cacaofabriek
Dec. 08 - DE - Essen - Turock
Dec. 10 - DE - Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
Dec. 11 - DE - Nürnberg - Hirsch
Dec. 12 - DE - Jena - F-Haus
Dec. 13 - DE - Karlsruhe - Substage
Dec. 14 - DE - München - Backstage Halle
McClain was a member of SACRED REICH from 1991 to 1995. He played on the "A Question" EP (1991) and the "Independent" (1993) and "Heal" (1996) albums before leaving to join MACHINE HEAD.
SACRED REICH bassist/vocalist Phil Rind recently said that Dave's return to the band was "the best-case scenario that we could have hoped for. Dave is the best!" he added. "A great drummer and a great person and we are beyond excited to welcome him back to the band."
Dave added: "I'm so excited about rejoining my brothers in SACRED REICH. To have the opportunity to make and play music with one of my favorite metal bands was always something I hoped could happen. I can't wait for everyone to hear the new album that we're recording and to come see us out on the road in 2019-2020."
McClain left MACHINE HEAD in November after completing the band's "Freaks & Zeroes Tour".
Last year, SACRED REICH recruited drummer Tim Radziwill as the temporary replacement for Greg Hall.
Hall announced his departure from SACRED REICH in January 2018, explaining in a statement that he was fired "rather abruptly and by phone."
Formed in 1986, SACRED REICH is part of the second wave of thrash, along with TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, DESTRUCTION and DARK ANGEL. Over the years, SACRED REICH has produced a catalog of politically charged aggressive songs that have stood the test of time.
SACRED REICH's last studio album, "Heal", came out in 1996. The band broke up in 2000 and remained inactive until 2006 when they received offers to play European festivals.
Since coming out of retirement more than a decade ago, SACRED REICH has almost exclusively played the European festival circuit every summer. But that changed in 2017 as SACRED REICH celebrated the 30th anniversary of its classic album "Ignorance". To commemorate this milestone, the band brought its "30 Years Of Ignorance" tour around the world.
Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral