To say that the obscure bands from the NWOBHM scene are starting to come back through the woodwork can officially be called an understatement. Sacrilege (not to be confused with the Birmingham based Doomsters of the same name and similar time frame), are back after 2013’s Sacrosanct (so far still eluding me), and this album is basically a compilation of some of their earlier classics given a true light of day as they are so justly deserving. Catchy melodies, driving guitar tones, you are the meal d’jour here, as one might expect form a classic NWOBHM band and Bill Beadle and company do not disappoint! The production is very solid but not flashy, allowing the music to really shine through, which is a good thing as there are a lot of really cool tunes on here that are very enjoyable over repeated listens. Even the lengthier tracks such as The Unknown Soldier stand up well, showcasing the bands abilities to really write good songs, whether they are the obvious radio friendly tracks or the deeper cuts. I bet they would sound great live as well (and I hear a few of them were considered live favorites). I hear that the band isn’t ready to rest on their laurels and some brand new music is in the works. Add this one to the stack of really cool and culty metal that I am glad has seen it’s time to shine, what was once old is new again, bring it on!
Choice Tracks – The Traveller, Condemned, Ashes To Ashes, Ascension, The Unknown Soldier, Feeding On Humans