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Friday, November 18, 2016
NEWS: the entire new album by Sacred Steel available for listening now
The new album by SACRED STEEL (Germany) is out now on Cruz Del Sur Music and you can stream the album in its entirety at the link below.
The album was recorded at Music Factory Studio Kempten (Germany), and was produced by Sacred Steel and Christian Schmid. The release of Heavy Metal Sacrifice is a celebratory event marking the group's 20th anniversary, offering fans SACRED STEEL's most compelling album yet. Featuring highlights "Let There Be Steel," "Hail The Godz Of War," "Children Of The Sky," and the title track, SACRED STEEL sets in motion a war machine that will crush all enemies of true heavy metal!
The band has already announced a round of shows to accompany the release of the album. Confirmed dates are as follows:
10.15.2016 - 20 years of Sacred Steel Festival & Heavy Metal Sacrifice Record Release Party with SACRED STEEL, TANKARD, STALLION, TRAGEDY DIVINE (Reunion Gig), and SEPTAGON
Ludwigsburg (GER) - Scala
10.21.2016 - Vienna (A) - Escape
10.22.2016 - Phantoms of Pilsen - Pilsen (CZ)
11.12.2016 - Burn This Town Festival with ROSAE CRUCIS, HAMMER KING, BATTLE RAM, and GRAAL
Rome (IT) - Traffic Club
1.13.2017 - Hamburg (GER) - Bambi Galore
OFFICIAL: For more than fifteen years SACRED STEEL have been offering the metalhead a deadly trend-free alternative to blown-up trigger drums, cheesy keyboards and boring cliché sounds which are hyped to be „the next big thing in metal“ year after year. Already with their debut album „Reborn In Steel“ (first ever German band being signed to Metal Blade Records in 1997) the band followed their path, never forgot their roots and emerged their sound.
The 2nd album „Wargods Of Metal“ was recorded in 1998 with legendary producer Bill Metoyer (a.o. Slayer, Omen, Sacred Reich) and enjoys a cult status with the metal fans since then.
In the year 2000, releasing their third strike “Bloodlust” the band proved its ability to write more matured songs and combining them in an epical concept story.
In addition the band acclaimed a high number of fans by intensive touring through all of Europe, playing with bands like Nevermore, Wardog, Lefay, Destiny’s End, Nocturnal Rites, Children of Bodom and Primal Fear and appearing on Festivals as Wacken, Bang Your Head or Summer Breeze.
The opener and title track of the following album “Slaughter Prophecy” (2002), a brutal metal slasher, could only have one meaning: a clear and definite statement against a wimpy power metal genre with many bands getting lost in orchestral keyboard sounds, boring melody hooks, programmed computer drums and happy metal. Where other bands wimped out the sledgehammer still reigned at the SACRED STEEL camp. They weren’t even afraid to include death metal elements in their sound following some of their faves as Morbid Angel or Death. The result was an ultra-heavy dark and raw piece of hate being released with great success by their new label Massacre Records.
They followed this path, although a little more melodic on album no. 5 “Iron Blessings”, which was released in 2004 and got the best reviews in the bands history.
After five studio albums it was time to catch the raw intensity of the SACRED STEEL live shows. The Live DVD/double-CD “Live Blessings” shows a raw, authentic beer and sweat driven show in their hometown Ludwigsburg. This was one of the last gigs of the old line up, which has not been changed on all albums so far.
In 2006 Bassist Jens changed to the guitar and new members Jonas Khalil as new guitarist and Kai Schindelar on bass could be added within a short time. The first result of this new line up, “Hammer of Destruction”, was released 2006 and is screaming to be worshipped. Following a vinyl-sound intro the infernal title track hammers down everything. The massive and organic sound was done by German producer-legend Harris Johns, who recorded a lot of the bands favourites like Saint Vitus, Voivod, Kreator, early Helloween or Tankard and is known for his authentic 80’s sound. The high-speed smasher “Maniacs of Speed” was chosen for the band’s first ever video clip.
In 2009 ”Carnage Victory” finally found its way to the battlefields of the metal community and was supported by another massive live offensive bringing the band for the first time to countries like Croatia, Serbia or Slovenia and back to important Festivals like Rock Hard Festival or Bang Your Head, Swordbrothers, Thrash Assault or Summer Breeze.
After that the respectable fanbase of SACRED STEEL had to wait for more than three long years but finally the band joined forces with Cruz Del Sur Music to release their 8th studio album “The Bloodshed Summoning” in 2013. Recorded in Poland and produced by the band together with Bart Gabriel this latest work offers everything that old or new SACRED STEEL fans desire: heavy riffs and aggressive but catchy metal hymns.
SACRED STEEL is a trademark in the metal scene: all METAL with an own attitude, never everybody’s darling – and damn proud of it!