NewsNovember 10, 2022 11:17 PM ET1,320 views

Sacred Reich and Vio-lence headed to Australia on double headline bill

Aussie Thrash Tour

Official press release: 

Hardline Media are absolutely stoked to announce that Sacred Reich & Vio-lence will be heading down under in March 2023 for an epic thrash double bill!

After a 29 year wait, Hardline Media are thrilled to welcome back Sacred Reich to Aussie shores.

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Formed in 1985, in Phoenix, Arizona, Sacred Reich are credited with being leaders of the second wave of Thrash Metal in the 80's, 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 EP's "Draining You of Life" (1986), "Surf Nicaragua" (1988), "A Question" (1991) and album's "Ignorance" (1987), "The American Way" (1990), "Independent" (1993), "Heal" (1996)…And…2019 brought the much anticipated release of the bands' fifth studio album "Awakening" to rave reviews and the return of powerhouse Dave McClain on drums (Machine Head) to the Sacred Reich stronghold.

Hardline Media are pumped to welcome back legends McLain, Phil Rind (vocals, bass), Wiley Arnett (lead guitar) and new member Joey Radziwill (rhythm guitar) for a killer run of shows down under. Don't miss!!! Sacred Reich prove that: "Thrash has never really gone away… The mosh pit hoovers up the bands back catalogue and responds with a guttural almost Nordic roar." - ORIGINAL ROCK!

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Re-united and playing their first shows in over a decade to sold out crowds, thrash legends Vio-lence are NOT TO BE MISSED.

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, Flotsom And Jetsam, Defiance, Rigor Mortis and Prong.

In 1991, Vio-lence released their EP "Torture Tactics" and their third studio album "Nothing to Gain".

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1993 brought the unfortunate break-up of the band, with some members splintering off to form Torque and Machine Head. Some 34 years later, and re-united at last as Vio-lence, Hardline Media are looking forward to welcoming Phil Demmel (lead guitar), Sean Killian (vocals), Perry Strickland (drums) and new members, the legendary Bobby Gustafson from OVERKILL (rhythm guitar) and from Fear Factory on bass guitar, Christian Olde Wolbers, as they 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 (Jank Smooth).

This is a once in a lifetime thrash double bill down under… get pumped.

Sacred Reich & Vio-lence 2023 Australian tour dates :

3/7 Canberra, AUS @ The Basement
3/8 Sydney, AUS @ Manning
3/9 Adelaide, AUS @ Enigma
3/10 Brisbane, AUS @ The Zoo (venue change/triffid tix remain valid)
3/11 Melbourne, AUS @ Max Watts




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