Metal Hammer (UK) - - Lives - CHERYL CARTER


Full of the youth­ful en­thu­si­asm their genre thrives on, Leeds thrash­ers CRYPTIC SHIFT [6] have some un­pol­ished edges but are en­ter­tain­ing nonethe­less.

DAMNATION’S HAM­MER [5] have plenty of experience but lack the songs to back it up. They play well but it’s an un­sat­is­fy­ing 30 min­utes. SACRED REICH [8], on the other hand, have pres­ence, ex­cel­lent songs and a cheeky sense of hu­mour that’s granted them cult-like sta­tus in the thrash world. Their star may not have as­cended as high as their peers, but tell that to the fans who have lined up for a chance to meet their heroes before they take to the stage. Tonight they cel­e­brate 30 years and de­spite many here not be­ing born when their de­but al­bum, Ig­no­rance, was re­leased, the re­sponse is rev­er­en­tial and the pits wild. Crimes Against Hu­man­ity is eerily pre­scient and their War Pigs cover is per­fec­tion. Sacred Reich may not be play­ing sta­di­ums, but you get the feel­ing that they pre­fer it that way.

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