(8/10) British Metal veterans Sacrilege is a band with an interesting history. The guys from Gillingham, England started their career in the ’80s but could cash in more than three demos before the band stopped in the second half of the decade.
Many years later, appetite for good Heavy Metal became bigger again and the band regrouped. Since then Sacrilege is a regular guest on the list of new releases and also 2019 doesn’t stop this pattern.
‘The Court of the Insane’ is the excellent new longplayer, that reaches us from the UK. It’s the band’s seventh record and it features ten tracks, all in the spirit of the NWoBHM. That’s the time the roots of Sacrilege can be found and they transfer the spirit into the here and now without sounding oldfashion or dusted. The opposite is the case. ‘The Court of the Insane’ is a dynamic and up-to-date.
An intro part leads to the first mighty drum beat and the slow riffs of ‘Celestial City’. The opener stays in a moderate pace and is the first highlight on this release. Things get even better with the powerful ‘Lies’, one of the best Heavy Metal songs this year. Experience and passion unite and lead to a song that is a treat for fans of Judas Priest. The epic title song rounds of the first triple, three thundering strikes with a down-to-earth approach.
These three songs are just a beginning, since the other seven tracks can easily keep the level of this quality start. ‘The Court of the Insane’ is an impressive album that features with ‘The Prophet’ another iconic song and it’s ‘I Can Hear the Silence’ that shifts gears.
The howling engine in the beginning of ‘Ride Free’ introduces the final track of an album that is totally delivering the expectation. The fact that Sacrilege is back since a few years is again underlined by ‘The Court of the Insane’, an album you shouldn’t miss if you’re a real metalhead.
- Celestial City
- The Court of the Insane
- Bring Out Your Dead
- No Beneath
- The Prophet
- Unhinged Mind
- I Can Hear the Silence
- Ride Free
Label: Pure Underground Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: August 2nd, 2019