Jason Rainey, Former Guitarist of Sacred Reich, Dead at Age 53

Sad news to pass on as Thrash Metal legend Jason Rainey, a founding member of Sacred Reich has died. Jason was just 53. He died of a heart attack on the night of March 16th and was reported to the world in a Facebook post by his wife and later his former band. As the co-founder and rhythm guitarist of Sacred Reich, the classic second wave of thrash metal band is essential to the genre. Rainy co-wrote several songs on their early essential releases Igonarance, The American Way, Surf Nicaragua EP, Independent, Heal, and the live album Still Ignorant. Rainey was dismissed from the band in 2019 due to health issues and he was apparently embittered about the split. Rainey had also been a tour manager and guitar tech in his career. We send our condolences out Jason’s, family, friends, and fans at this time. Continue reading

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sylosis – Cycle of Suffering

So, Cycle of Suffering (Nuclear Blast) is Sylosis‘ post-hiatus album? Considering how tight the musicianship is and the sense of urgency you could’ve told me that this was released six months after Dormant Heart, and I would’ve bought the lie hook, line, and sinker. For a band that just reformed last year and have worked their way through various personnel changes, this is some remarkable shit. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kreator – London Apocalypticon – Live At The Roundhouse

What used to be seen as major releases back in the ’70s and ’80s, live albums these days tend to be regarded more as a contractual obligation by many – interim releases largely of interest to those who either attended the actual show or saw the band on that particular tour. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Heathen – Evolution Of Chaos

Although formed in 1984, Heathen didn’t arrive on most people’s radars until the release of their debut album, Breaking the Silence (Combat Records) in 1987. Part of the legendary Bay Area Thrash scene, Heathen followed established acts such as Exodus and some bunch of relocated no-hopers called Metallica out of the region, joining the likes of fast-moving up-and-comers Testament, Vio-Lence, Death Angel, and Forbidden, among many others. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sepultura – Quadra

It’s been twenty-three years since Derrick Green joined Brazilian thrash legends Sepultura. Although proving to be a hit with many, not everyone took to the new frontman straight away (if at all). The main reason for this seeming to be a simple case of – “he’s not Max”. Well, Derrick has been a part of Sepultura for almost twice as long as his predecessor now. Of course, this doesn’t magically make his material better, but it should at least give him a little slack. And let’s face it if you’re reading this, then at the very least, you’ve got some interest in post-Max Seps. Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Krvsade – “Judgement Day” EP Stream!

Neo-Thrashers Krvsade are dropping their killer new EP, Judgement Day, this Friday, January 31st 2020. The three-song EP is their first release since 2017 Militum Infernum, and the new one is full of bangers! Purchase and stream it now at the link below! 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic

If Ballistic, Sadistic (Silver Lining Music), the new album by Canadian speedsters Annihilator, is anything to go by, then relocating to the UK is probably the best move the band’s mastermind Jeff Waters has made for years. Consistency has been an issue with Annihilator for some time, but since the recruitment of English bassist Rich Hinks, the band have not only rediscovered their classic sound but a new lease of life in the process. Continue reading