Release Date: Aug 23, 2019
Record label: Metal Blade
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Speed/Thrash Metal
Awakening is the long-gestating fifth full-length effort from veteran Phoenix-based crossover thrashers Sacred Reich, who alongside contemporaries like Testament, Death Angel, Destruction, and Dark Angel, helped to establish the second wave of the thrash metal movement of the late 1980s. Employing a lethal blend of sociopolitical lyrics and neck-snapping speed metal strapped to a hardcore punk chassis, the band issued four influential albums before ceasing operations in 2000. Led by bassist/vocalist Phil Rind, the group re-formed in 2006 for a series of live shows, but it took another 13 years to get back into the studio.