Crossing the Thrashold: Sacral Rage and Indestroy

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Sacral Rage is a band I found completely by accident whilst browsing through Cruz del Sur’s bandcamp. As I picked through their catalogue, I spied an album that looked equal parts goofy and badass. In any case, the album looked thrashy, which is always enough for me to proceed with further investigation. I nonchalantly pressed play on the album opener “Harbinger”, an instrumental mood piece that softly buttered my ears while I busily did nothing in particular. And then, “En Cima Del Mal” hit my ears. After only hearing a minute of this song, I knew that whatever I was doing would have to wait: I had a new band to find out every single detail about.

Sacral Rage hail from Athens, Greece, and consist of Spyros S. on bass, Vagelis F. on drums (who happens to be in a fuckton of bands that I’m sure some people here would appreciate), Marios P. on guitar, and the living war siren, Dimitris K., on vocals. They have recorded a handful of demos, as well as an EP in 2013 called Deadly Bits of Iron Fragments that has more of a general speed metal/heavy metal feel to it, but still enough kick to engage the ever-thirsty thrash fan.

Illusions in Infinite Void is their first release as a signed act, and I’ve got to say, Cruz del Sur are probably happier than a plum that they snagged this act before anyone else did. With this release, I truly believe Sacral Rage have made the best thrash metal album of 2015 (though there is a “genre” argument you could make, if you want to be a pedant). Don’t trust my opinion? Ask Fenriz.

As I mentioned, “En Cima Del Mal” is a phenomenal opening track that makes quick work of completely engaging the listener. Thankfully, they don’t give up all the goodies right away, as evidenced by other golden pit-instigators such as “Panic in Urals (Burning Skies)” and “Inner Sanctum Asylum”. That being said, when you hit tracks like, “Lost Chapter E: Sutratma”, or, “Into Mental East”, you may be surprised to hear such a young band so wisely pull back on their own musical reins, which gives each song a lot more room to breathe. This musical discipline makes for an incredibly impactful and memorable listen throughout the entirety of the album.

I could write pages and pages about why I think this band is amazing, but I don’t think more colorful words or haphazardly slapped together sentences are going to make you want to check them out any more. So, in an effort to be as inoffensive to their reputation as I can, I will say that Sacral Rage have proven with Illusions in Infinite Void that they are a band that is more than worthy of your attention and money. Buy this album and other Sacral Rage merch on Cruz Del Sur’s Bandcamp pageFFO: Watchtower, Agent Steel, Vektor

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Since these Crossing the Thrashold articles are (unfortunately) few and far between, and since we all know thrash’s heyday was decades ago, I thought I’d throw in an old, infrequently mentioned thrash band into this post. The band in question is Rockville, Maryland’s very own, Indestroy.

While they only ever released one LP and an EP, I think Indestroy created something notable enough to be seen by more than just a few thrift store raiders every now and again. Indestroy’s self-titled LP was released in 1987, the same year that saw the release of Testament’s “The Legacy”, Destruction’s “Release From Agony”, Voivod’s “Killing Technology”, and a whole mess of other insanely good thrash albums. With the pressure on, Indestroy proved they had enough creative finesse to stick out from the pack, but couldn’t find enough grounding in their sound to solidly break them into an already overcrowded thrash scene.

This fact standing, Indestroy proves to be a very good album that characterizes itself on what I sometimes call an “unintentionally progressive” sound (examples: Mercyful Fate, GWAR, Macabre). The riffs usually tend to be fairly unorthodox in some manner, and tempos change consistently. The speedy songs, such as “U.S.S.A.” and “Dead Girls (Don’t Say No)”, are great tracks that will easily convince your head to bang and your mouth to sing-along (no matter how regrettable it might be to do so). And the damn near surgical precision with which they play these lightning fast rippers can only be equaled by that of bands such as Rigor Mortis or Powermad. And while Indestroy clearly shine their best when they’re shredding, the mid-paced tracks on this album deliver the goods just as well, especially when talking about songs like “Fatal Sin” and “Groundzero”.

Unfortunately, when these variations in speed are made, they usually seem over-pronounced, which is due in no small part to each fast song and slow song being clumsily juxtaposed right next to each other. The end results in this album sort of feeling like a tug of war between two different bands. The only other significant problem I see with this album is that the last two songs on it sound fairly uninspired. The tracks easily could have been tossed and the album would be much better off for it. While these album flaws may have hurt Indestroy’s chances of making an immediate impact on the thrash scene, they proved to be invaluable lessons when it came time for Indestroy to release another album.

1989 marked the release of Indestroy’s last recorded work, an EP entitled Senseless Theories, which stepped up their game considerably from their former album. Present throughout was a more concentrated and seamless direction that washed away the green of their past. Gone are any throwaway tracks or slow songs, leaving us with an album that’s generally fast, and without filler. While they still utilize all of the signature unorthodoxy that helped them stick out from the pack in the first place, this EP sees Indestroy playing around with song structure and “long riffs” (ex. “Killing is my Business” or “Night of the Unborn”) that can be heard in songs such as “Living Filth” and “Instant Insanity”. Also, crucial to this new and improved formula is the addition of drummer Rob Brannigan, who clearly knew how to handle this unconventional material in more of a pertinent way than Gus Basilika.  To get to the (Gurp™) bottomline here: “Tortured by Fire”, “Senseless Theories”, and “Instant Insanity” are songs that any thrash fan worth their salt needs to check out.

Find Indestroy’s music on Ebay, Amazon, or Discogs.

FFO: Metal Church, Exodus, Carnivore, any metal band that’s ever appeared in an 80’s horror movie

  • The W.

    Great article, Taco-man. Good to see more thrash in here.

  • I wasn’t expecting those vocals for Sacral Rage, but it works.

    • Stanley

      There are some serious levels of Agent Steel going on.

  • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

    Sick write-up crazytaco. I always like the shit you post even though it is rare. I see you tagged Necrovorous who fucking rule! That lead guitar tone in their recent promo just makes the hair on my arms stand straight up. So fucking klller!!

    About 4:27 into the song “The Noose Tightens” is soooo fucking good. Some of my favorite death metal production on this release. Check out what I’m talking about here:
    https://necrovorous.bandcamp.com/

    • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

      Christ, I hate when Bandcamp dosn’t start the album from the first song like it bloody well should. Annoying! The song I was referring to (I edited my comment) is indeed “The Noose Tightens”.

      • Dagon

        I fucking hate that as well. Is that something the bands choose to do?

        • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

          Yup. I’ve sat down and and pushed play on many albums and at the end realized I missed half the fucking album. Dumb.

          • The W.

            I hate it. Bandcamp has a ton going for it, but they don’t really make streaming user friendly at all.

          • Dagon

            Agreed. Plus they blocked my Saturndust stream.

            MY COUNTRY IS STILL DEVELOPING BANDCAMP

          • Lacertilian

            That’s it Fish.
            I’m fucking doing it.

          • Dagon

            I only saw this now.

            You are the realest.

          • Lacertilian

            I wanted you to see this first and be thinking “what the fuck is he doing now?”.
            You deserve it mate.

          • Dagon

            I always thought it was a way for the band to showcase their “best song” first, but I also think it is dumb. Just play the whole album like it’s supposed to.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            Exactly. When I’m at work and want to listen to something Bandcamp becomes very convenient. But, goddamn! I have to make sure I just hit play on the first song first instead at the top play bar.

          • KJM

            I always scroll down the page now before I press play.

      • Stanley

        Annoyance factor x10.

      • Lacertilian

        That’s the artist’s fault though right?
        For choosing a later track as the ‘featured track’..

        • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

          Yes. I believe so.

    • Disgustache

      You know, I know that people always sit here and make fun of each other in these comments, and I’m sitting here joining in late as always like the kid who’s mom made the other kids hang out with me, but god damn it I appreciate your comments Tyree. You may be an elitist or whatever people say, but you know your shit. I think being an elitist is acceptable in life, and I like that I have you sit and read comments on a poop themed blog from when I’m looking for good music. Thanks dude.

    • CT-12

      Thanks a lot dude, that really means a lot! And yeah man, I couldn’t believe how many side projects the drummer for Sacral had, and how many were fucking incredible! Lot of cool bands they thanked in the liner notes of their album too.

  • Dagon

    Great post, man. I am bummed out greatly this morning but these tunes made it a little better.

    I was meaning to check out Sacral Rage after the Q2 lists. Good shit.

  • Howard Dean

    New thrash? Stay here and listen. Stay here as long as you can… for the love of God!
    http://31.media.tumblr.com/ee65da5d7a142dbf2030ee812dc8f748/tumblr_mpg1ih2d9N1r0bjk1o1_500.gif

  • Void Dweller

    Cool track, vocals were ok. Production was bland.

  • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

    I had some bowel quaking sacral rage last night after roasting Joe (again). I think he blasted me with a brown note from HAARP.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box™

    Sacral Rage made a battle vest appear on me out of nowhere. Also, long article so bonus points for that.

  • Kim Jong Un’s Throbbing Thong

    Excellent article, and the drumming is fucking insane!

    • CT-12

      I can’t believe how good of a drummer this dude is, and he’s in so many fucking bands, you’d think you’d run out of ideas!

      • Throbbing Fart Thong Of Doom

        The man is a machine! He’s almost as good as Tyree.

  • Disgustache

    Awesome write up, Taco Loco Dose. I love the metal like this. Slaying everything in my path in my mind is fucking awesome, and so is this band.

    Also, I have been getting down on the Radio Fenriz, and holy shit that is a gem. I wish he did updates more, but I guess that too much of a good thing can be bad. I cherish every podcast.

    Thank you again.

  • Sacral Rage is Simon Phoenix Approved; and now Taco approved <3 Great stuff.

    They give a very good feeling with the progressive parts. Great musicianship.

    Thanks for sharing, Tacoloco, your style is very descriptive, which gives me a good glimpse of what it's the music about. I like that, at least I can understand you.

    • CT-12

      Woohoo, thanks for giving me the Link seal of approval! Simon was probably going crazy for how long I was taking writing this article, I know he loves that album a lot.

      • Jajajaja, yes. He recommended it to us. I liked the second band too, very impressed with their overall sound, I like it.

  • CT, you should write for the site more often. Your words enthrall me. (All of me.)

    • CT-12

      Thanks man!