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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Surf Nicaragua
  2. One Nation
  3. War Pigs
  4. Draining You of Life
  5. Ignorance
  6. Death Squad

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surf's up! 6 Aug. 2005
By Patrick Stott - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The cover of the `Surf Nicaragua' EP features a gas masked surfer carrying a bomb surfing on a coffin, a comment on the clandestine US operation which saw mines deployed in the seas off the central American state of Nicaragua. Now, most Thrash fans in 1988 would hardly have known where Nicaragua was, let alone cared about the United States' political and military interference in the country. Sacred Reich's vocalist/bassist and politically aware lyricist Phil Rhind managed to get them singing about it, even if they didn't know what had happened, by creating a catchy little song which skirted the realm of novelty, but was anchored firmly in Thrash.

The band's debut album `Ignorance' suffered the usual first album fate of Thrash bands the world over in that it was well intentioned, but not entirely executed smoothly. At times, the songs were too samey, and the band seemed intent on playing as fast as they could, losing structure and impact because of it. This EP escaped that fate.

The whole EP was created around the title track. "Surf Nicaragua" takes off with an instant blast of Thrash energy, and it looks like the race is on again. However, the chorus slows for a breakdown passage, and most of the song is played at a chugging mid tempo. Perhaps the greatest appeal of the song is the world famous riff of surf anthem "Wipeout", followed by a surfing drum break, which appear unexpectedly. By pulling back on the tempo, Jason Rainey's crushing rhythm guitar sound is allowed to shine through. Add Wiley Arnett's twisting solos and you have all the makings of a Metal classic.

Second track "One Nation" also breaks the speed freak mould with a steady, almost grooving rhythm, punctuated by Rhind's drill sergeant vocal delivery. The third track is a masterful cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs", played straight and heavy. Even several decades after the song was written, the lyrics to the song are still shockingly relevant. It is still the best anti-war song in all Metaldom, and outside the Sabbath original, you'll be hard pressed to find a better version of it. "Draining You Of Life" rounds out the EP, and the Nuclear Assault style Thrash-out further demonstrates the band's new found talent for rationing the speedy sections to structure a song and increase their impact.

Sacred Reich were one of the wave of second generation Thrash bands to come out of the US. These bands, like Flotsam and Jetsam, Forbidden and Death Angel, took their cues from Thrash's originators, like Metallica, Slayer and Venom. Heavily influenced by Metallica, Sacred Reich set themselves apart from the pack by incorporating a strong political influence into their music, never better demonstrated than on this EP. Sacred Reich lost a lot of traditional Thrash fans on the release of their second full album `The American Way' in 1990, by incorporating a number of new influences. The political edge to the lyrics was still there though, as was a newfound social conscience.

And a quick note to Machine Head fans: Dave McClain didn't play on this EP. The drummer was still Greg Hall, Sacred Reich's original, and best, drummer.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best metal CD's of all time. 8 Jan. 2003
By Nathaniel Beall - Published on
Format: Audio CD
...Sacred Reich came out with this CD - not really a full length release, but it didn't matter. It had melody, anger, solos, and attitude. Not one metalhead of the time would listen to it and say a negative word.
If you had long hair and know how to make a 'devil sign' with both hands while sticking your tongue out, then this CD should be in your collection. And if not, well, go buy some George Michael.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars out of print claasic 27 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
cd contains 4 studio and two live songs and this ep is only 26 minutes but worth every penny, and especially for the title track and a killer cover of war pigs by ozzy and the boys
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surf Nicaragua Smokes! 22 Mar. 2010
By M. DiFiore - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased this CD (Sacred Reich-Surf Nicaragua) as a replacement of the cassette tape that I had in my collection and has been played to death and has also become obsolete! I Love this CD now, as I did the cassette when it originally came out in 1988! Bassist/vocalist Phil Rind sings in his signature Sacred Reich style, and can't be missed. Wiley Arnett, Jason Rainey, and Greg Hall all contribute in unison on the drums and guitars to develop the classic Phoenix-based band's sound.Sacred Reich might be noted for its highly opinionated political lyrics, examination of personal politics, and thoroughly uncompromising spirit, as well as an occasional satiric sense of humor, but one thing's for sure, they were an essential part of the 80's thrash musical genre and still remain relevant even today! If you can find this CD and still buy it you have just made a wise investment in some quality old-school music! Enjoy!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD thumps. Forget that jiffy metal and check it. 21 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this when it first came out in 88 and I still listen to it. Great guitar licks, cool lyrics. Your gunna freakin love this CD.
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