Sacrilege – Behind The Realms Of Madness (1985)
What’s so bloody ‘great’ about it?
A furious cacophony of pure thrashing noise, Sacrilege‘s seminal debut was a crust punk, D-beat, thrash combo designed to floor apathetic listeners who thought they knew the meaning of ‘heavy’. Ably blurring the lines between more traditional hardcore punk and the darker side of thrash metal, Sacrilege’s blitzkrieg riffing and Lynda ‘Tam’ Simpson’s feral shouts marked them out as true progenitors of crust.
With an antagonistic vigour unrivalled by any other band in the scene, Sacrilege were heavy in every sense of the word with their perfectly rendered noise counterbalanced by political
Behind The Realms Of Madness was/is the kind of album that transcends borders and acts as a defining moment in the 80’s cross-pollination of both punk and metal……its influence cannot be underestimated!
What are they up to now?
Sacrilege are still around, with bassist Frank Healy also plying his trade in Memoriam and guitarist Damian Thompson causing carnage in Warwound. You get the sense that these guys will never stop!
Liked that? Try this: 1987’s Within The Prophecy may have embraced their Brummie roots and thrown Sabbathian doom into the mix but this was still crusty ol’ thrash at its core!