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A Review of the 1993 Thrash Metal Album "Independent" by Sacred Reich

Updated on July 27, 2018
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

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Why Is Independent Such An Important Heavy Metal Album?

"Independent" is the very good thrash metal album by Phoenix Arizona based band Sacred Reich. It came out in 1993 and it is their best work in their career. The album was written to raise awareness to the way that the American political system has changed so much that there are so many vices including corruption. The band brought these same themes up just a few years earlier in their 1990 classic “The American Way.” However, unlike the Surf Nicaragua CD, there are no cover songs on this album. Sacred Reich were for a while one of the good thrash metal bands but I will stop short of saying they were elite. They were not quite as good as Metallica but they were good enough even for American standards. The album’s cover seems to me to be an image of New York City, one of the greatest cities in the world.

Independent: Songs 1-5 Including the Musically Awesome If Only

Independent is a song about someone who feels that he has the right to make his own choices and live the way that he wants. This album is memorable to me because my brother introduced me to this album and I was immediately impressed with it. Some of you may be annoyed with Phil Rind’s loud, bellowing style voice but I think he’s pretty good, better than such vocalists as John Arch. Are there better thrash metal albums than Independent? Certainly there are many that are superior to this one but this one deserves praise and credit as well because of the song If Only. This is no doubt one of the best soft instrumental songs ever written! US bands such as Prong, Megadeth, and Danzig never even did this and yet they were more popular than Sacred Reich was. Often times, music is a sort of popularity contest. One of the greatest songs in the band’s history is the really beautiful ballad song called If Only. It is so good that it is a musical gem! Free is a song about seeking liberation from thoughts of hate. We can become truly free when we unite for a common cause towards causes that aid in making our country better. Just Like That is a song about how fast things can change in the world. Human life can change as well because one second we are here and the next second we may not be around.

Supremacy is about the effects of the abuse of power in countries around the world. When the objective is to feel superior by taking advantage of others than that is not supremacy but manipulation.

Further Thoughts On The Amazing Song If Only

If Only has passion, brilliance, elegance, and power all in one! Wiley Arnett does such a beautiful job with the guitar work! This song has the potential to make you cry and it sometimes does this to me as well. Just like the judges on the reality based show Dancing With the Stars give out 10’s for amazing dances, If Only deserves a perfect 10 for how utterly amazing the song is!

This must be the time to express gratitude towards Sacred Reich for having the creativity, intellect, and musical skill that is required to create such a strong musical masterpiece as the song If Only!

If Only: One Of The Most Beautiful Ballads Ever

Independent: The Rest of The Songs

As the second half of the album begins, we are treated to four very good songs in a row starting with the heavy Crawling. The last part is an awesome slow section. Pressure is a pretty good fast song and then we get into the really groovy thrash song Product. Product is about someone who is tired of playing this kind of game in life where he had to be someone that he is not and he was forced to follow society's norms. He is cashing in his chips today and quitting this game for good. I Never Said Goodbye is an excellent song about someone who has lost the love of his life. He is really upset because he feels like he took things for granted. He feels that there was so much to say to her yet cannot because she has passed from this world. Never take your relationships with people for granted, especially those that you love. After the substandard song Open Book, the album ends with the good fast song Do It! Independent proved to be Sacred Reich’s finest moment as a band. This writer gives this album an 85 out of 100 points for the overall good songwriting. Heal released in 1996 was a pretty good effort, but no album in the band's career can match the songwriting, speed, creativity, and technical work that we hear on 1993's Independent.

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