Promising Greek speedsters SACRAL RAGE has started work on the follow-up to their 2015 “Illusions in Infinite Void” debut full-length for a 2018 release via Cruz Del Sur Music. The as-yet-titled album will be produced by SACRAL RAGE, with drum and guitar recordings taking place in Ignite Studios in Athens. The band will track vocals and bass in White Socks Studios and will have the album mixed and mastered by Stamos Koliousis at an undisclosed location in Norway.
Comments guitarist Marios: “The music retains the classic SACRAL mixture of tech madness/aggressiveness with the addition of more complex structures at times, along with a darker vibe and more layered sounds than the previous one. In terms of composition/arranging of the songs, the way we worked haven’t changed since our last work. The only difference was that we had to overcome and re-invent aspects of ourselves in order to present something different and fresh from our previous works.”
SACRAL RAGE’s sound — a blend of tech thrash in the vein of CORONER mixed with the sci-fi aura of VOIVOD and the melodic class of HELSTAR — has taken on a more aggressive form according to Marios, even finding the band going down even darker paths than before. “It’s like we expanded every aspect of ‘Illusions…’ with this one. The songs came out bigger than expected without losing the character and the sound of the band. Lyrically, we present stories of the near (or not) future and visions of a traveler that wanders through time.”
The positive reception to “Illusions…” helped spread the SACRAL RAGE name throughout Europe and included several key festival stops along the way. Aware of the expectations for their sophomore album, Marios feels like it’s time for SACRAL RAGE to assert their place in the heavy metal underground.
“With our second release, we aim to make the next step for the band and participate in bigger festivals, as we believe that our live performance is one of our strong points,” he closes. “We also hope that our music will be unleashed on much more people than before.”
SACRAL RAGE‘s “Illusions in Infinite Void” will be released in Europe next week, in coincidence with the band’s show in Athens supporting SANCTUARY.
Therefore we begin today the all pre orders shipping, in order to deliver copies in time or even shortly after the release date.
A new track from the album, “Lost Chapter E.: Sutratma” has been released on YouTube:
Here’s some reactions from the medias:
Power and aggression boosted with remarkable technical instrumentals and complex and impressive compositions!” – Metalheads Union (UK), 9/10
“High-Pitched Terrorism! I’m pretty sure that if this album had been released back in 1987, today we would all wait desperately for an anniversary tour.”- Metal Hammer (GR), 9/10
“Great compositions which connect you with the glorious past of Heavy Metal!” – Rockway (GR)
“A perfect debut album” – Disagreement.net9/10
“These Greek are revisiting the heavy metal of the 80s much more original than countless other groups!” –Spirit Of Metal (F)
“Their enthusiasm for classic metal is infectious!” – Angry Metal Guy (SWE)
“A very impressive album!” – Metal Factory (CH), 9/10
“These guys have a good dose of metal within their blood!” – Zepyhrs Odem (GER)
“Adorable!” – Strike (GER), 9/10
“Intelligent US Metal from Greece! Cool guitar riffs, technical solos, tempo changes and breaks – Sacral Rage has it all!” – White Room Reviews (NL)
“SACRAL RAGE have mixed various influences form past eras of metal to create something interesting and ass kicking! Recommended!” – Metal Sound (SRB)
“A good dose of speed and progressive metal! Fine album!” – Queens Of Steel (E)
“Astonishing riff-centric brilliance.” – Stereogum.com
“Guitarist Mario P deals out riffs with madman-like abandon, then adding some terrific leads for even more wizardry” – DangerDog.com 4,5/5
“If you write killer metal, it will be entertaining by its very nature. Sacral Rage achieves this with every vocal wail, jittery thrash riff, and intense forward drive.” – LastRites.com
Stereogum.com has premiered “En Cima Del Mal,” a new track from upcoming SACRAL RAGE album “Illusions in Infinite Void”. Stream it right here.
“…astonishing riff-centric brilliance of Sacral Rage, a Greek speed metal band that has stumbled upon (or, more likely, slavishly labored to create) an album’s worth of ingenious riffs on its debut, Illusions In Infinite Void. The band owes a stylistic debt to forgotten progressive metal legends Watchtower, but Sacral Rage soundly trump their heroes by writing songs you’ll actually want to revisit. Like Watchtower, the vocals are an acquired taste, but air-raid falsetto screams have never had better musical accompaniment than this. “En Cima Del Mal” shows the band at its catchiest: lead guitars writhe over subtle shifts of rhythm, but the hooks are front and center and the heavy metal thunder is strong. Most importantly, the riffs are godlike: explosive, exploratory, and perfectly crafted…” (stereogum)
“Illusions in Infinite Void”, will be released March 10 in North America and March 21 in Europe.