Sacrilege: Before Commercialism

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“You can copy this tape and its cover all you want and spread it around — thanks, Strephon Taylor.”

Okay! That’s the handwritten message on this raging debut demo from El Cerrito’s early thrashers Sacrilege — soon to become Sacrilege BC (for Berkeley, California). These guys were well-dosed in Exodus, high on violence, down on Jesus, and ready to rage. Somehow they escaped greater infamy outside the trader circuit — probably because it would be five years before major labels bit into the thrash fad fully. Too bad, this is slick stuff for ’85, good fast hardcore-influenced thrash that nods to Dr. Know and early Slayer. Check the gnarly change-ups on “Crucified”!

SACRILEGE * “Party of God” demo ’85 [19MB .rar]

The band’s two albums — Party With God and Too Cool to Pray — are also badly in need of reissue. On the plus side, some cool evidence survives:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEyH9uV2s20%5D

1 COMMENT

  1. Agreed, those albums need to be reissued so fucking bad. The interview in Snakepit sometime back made it sound like it should’ve already happened by now, but no dice. I emailed one of those dudes to see if there was any word on that topic, but sadly he never responded.

    This blog is fucking amazing, by the way. I just discovered it and haven’t even downloaded anything yet and my mind is already thoroughly blown! GREAT work…

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