“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:


  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…

  2. Absolute monster of a demo! Had this on a dub cassette in 86 and could not wait for the lp! Saw them live in Bradford with Slammer and Sacrilege B.C. truly were one of the best thrash/crossover bands you will ever hope to see!
    Strephon and the other 4 guys were FEROCIOUS!!!!!!


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