MetalRecusants conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist Phil Rind of Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, which took place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked why SACRED REICH hasn’t made a new studio album after reuniting for sporadic live shows six years ago, Rind said, “Our lives are different now. I mean, it’s funny… Our old drummer Dave‘s [McClain] in MACHINE HEAD and they’re touring and doing great; they’re very successful. And I said [to the other guys in SACRED REICH recently], I wouldn’t even wanna [get back into a full recording and touring cycle]. I wouldn’t wanna be gone from my family. I have four kids. As much as I like this, as much as I appreciate the fans, what’s important — the family or playing live music? I mean, really?! What’s important — being a dad to my kids? My kids need their dad more than the fans need a new SACRED REICH record. And that’s really the bottom line. It’s a choice. We have a choice to make. What do you wanna do? You have kids now. What are you gonna do — blow it off or are you gonna be their dad? The world will be a better place if I’m [my kids’] dad.”
SACRED REICH launched its 25th-anniversary European tour in June.
The remastered edition of SACRED REICH‘s classic 1992 album “Independent” was released as a digipack and jewelbox on March 15, 2010 via Displeased Records. The first 2,500 copies contain a free SACRED REICH patch.
Displeased Records‘ reissue of SACRED REICH‘s classic album “The American Way” came out in February 2009. With upgraded layout, to-the-point remastering plus unreleased pre-production demo bonus tracks and a video clip, this new and improved CD reissue is an essential addition to every thrash metal collection.
“The American Way” was made available in a limited digipak version and standard jewel case version. The first 2,500 copies came with a free logo patch.
Hellfest performance (June 2012):
Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral