Toronto’s Sacrifice is definitely on my list of metal bands that should have been bigger. 1985’s “Torment in Fire” is the first wave black metal classic, and 1987’s “Forward To Termination” is a thrash metal classic that is easily on par or better than many of their peers from the Golden Age Of Metal. Despite playing the right kind of music at precisely the right time and quite well, mainstream success was in the cards for Sacrifice.
The band released a few more albums in the early 90s, then broke up and reformed in 2008, and is still active today.
Newly released on Blessed Curse Recordings comes an excellent treat for a fan of this band. “Sacrifice – Live At The Starwood Club Toronto Nov 23, 1985” documents the band (as the title would suggest) — Sacrifice playing a live set very early in their career between the release of “Torment in Fire” and “Forward To Termination“.
New Live Album 2022
All of the songs are selections from “Torment In Fire” and are as follows:
TURN IN YOUR GRAVE
BURNED AT THE STAKE
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The recordings are rough and raw but are far from terrible. Unfortunately, there are only 500 copies of this album available, and they are hand-numbered, so grab one while you can.
It’s really hard to find good heavy metal vinyl collections, this is a rare exception. I managed to pick this one up with someone in Pittsburgh who answered my ad seeking vinyl collections. I paid a pretty penny for this collection, but it’s well worth it as is all the vinyl is in near-mint condition and contains many HUGE TILES (most first press). Check out this video of the unboxing.
The original CD pressings were done in Japan and Austria. Since 1988 (when the album was reissued), pressings have been done in the US. This album was initially intended to be a CD-only release but was reissued after it was bootlegged onto LP. The CD format contains pictures not available in other formats.
The image on the back of the CD insert and record sleeve is a photograph of Glenn Danzig superimposed onto a reversed mirror-image photo of the Collection II album cover. Originally an untitled album, this release is now advertised as Collection I or Collections. The picture on the inside of the CD booklet is the distorted Beware cover photo that was used as a promotional band photo in 1979
Everything You Wanted To Know About The Band Possessed, but Were Afraid To Ask!
Possessed is a thrash/death metal band formed in 1983 in San Fransico. They are widely credited with inventing the term “Death Metal”. The band’s classic album is “Seven Churches” came out in 1985. Their subsequent albums, “Eyes Of Horror” and “Beyond The Gates” are also quite good.
Some Interesting Possessessed Facts:
Rather than regurgitating info on their Wikipedia page, here are some interesting facts you probably don’t know:
Endless Pain was the debut LP by German thrash metal legends Kreator. The production on the original was very raw and unpolished. The band was obviously very young and clearly imitating other early extreme metal bands like Venom.
Endless Pain was released in 1985 on Noise Record.
Millie Petrozza and Ventor are both “lead singer” on the album.
The album is classified as black metal or thrash metal, as it combines element of both, along with the slopyness and agression of early punk and hardcore.
Torment in Fire is the debut album by the Canadian thrash metal band Sacrifice. The original album came out on Metal Blade Records in 1985 and is very difficult to find. You can get the reissue on War On Music.
“The Awakening” 1:35
“Turn in Your Grave” 3:55
“Homicidal Breath” 2:54
“Warrior of Death” 3:07
“Infernal Visions” 2:35
“Burned at the Stake” 4:44
“The Exorcism” (instrumental) 2:55
“Beyond Death” 5:33 Total length: 36:32
Sacrifice Torment In Fire Line Up
Rob Urbinati (vocals, guitar)
Joe Rico (guitar)
Gus Pynn (drums)
Scott Watts (bass)
We Have Arrived has been reissued at least two times. In 1986, it was re-released by the French recording label Axe Killer in a 2,000 number limited edition. It was then re-released once again in 1997 by Axe Killer. The label attached to the plastic wrap says that this is a remastered edition, but there is no indication of it in the booklet We Have Arrived is the only Dark Angel album to feature Jack Schwartz on drums, as Gene Hoglan replaced him as their drummer on subsequent albums.