Hear Sacred Reich’s New Song “Awakening” Off First Album in 23 Years

The last six months have been huge for thrash icons Sacred Reich. In December, they announced the return of former drummer Dave McClain, following his split with Machine Head after 23 years in that band. McClain had played drums for Sacred Reich from 1991 to 1995 before he joined Machine Head.

Then, in April, Sacred Reich dropped a split 7-inch with modern-day crossover heroes Iron Reagan, which featured a new song called “Don’t Do It Donnie,” the group’s first fresh material since their 2017 reunion tour and since 1996’s Heal LP.

Today, June 18th, the thrash veterans have offered up the lead single and title track off their highly anticipated new studio album, Awakening — their first in 23 years! The eight-track LP, which is due out August 23rd via Metal Blade, was recorded with producer Arthur Rizk (Cavalera Conspiracy, Code Orange, Power Trip) and engineer John Aquilino at The Platinum Underground in Arizona. Check out the song “Awakening,” along with its gritty performance video, and see the band’s full slate of upcoming tour dates below.

Sacred Reich summer festival appearances:
Jul. 06 – ES – Barcelona – Barcelona Rock Fest
Jul. 07 – IT – Verona – Rock The Castle Festival
Aug. 08 – CZ – Josefov – Brutal Assault Festival
Aug. 10 – NL – Leeuwarden – Into The Grave Festival
Aug. 11 – BE – Kortrijk – Alcatraz Metal Festival
Aug. 12 – DE – Saarbrücken – Garage (w/ TESTAMENT)
Aug. 14 – DE – Regensburg – Airport Obertraubling (w/ TESTAMENT)
Aug. 18 – FR – Saint-Nolff – Motocultor Festival
Oct. 13 – US – Los Angeles – MegaCruise

Awakening European tour 2019:
Nov. 08 – DK – Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
Nov. 10 – DE – Berlin – SO36
Nov. 12 – PL – Warsaw – Proxima
Nov. 13 – PL – Kraków – Kwadrat
Nov. 14 – CZ – Praha – Futurum
Nov. 15 – HU – Budapest – Dürer Kert
Nov. 16 – SI – Ljubljana – Orto Bar
Nov. 17 – AT – Graz – Explosiv
Nov. 20 – FR – Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
Nov. 21 – ES – Barcelona – Sala Razzmatazz 2
Nov. 22 – ES – Madrid – Sala Mon Live
Nov. 23 – ES – Bilbao – Santana 27
Nov. 24 – FR – Limoges – CC John Lennon
Nov. 26 – FR – Savigny-le-Temple – L’Empreinte
Nov. 27 – UK – London – Underworld
Nov. 29 – UK – Newcastle – University
Nov. 30 – UK – Glasgow – Classic Grand
Dec. 01 – UK – Belfast – Limelight 2
Dec. 03 – IR – Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
Dec. 04 – UK – Wolverhampton – Steelmill
Dec. 06 – NL – Leiden – Gebr. De Nobel
Dec. 07 – NL – Helmond – Cacaofabriek
Dec. 08 – DE – Essen – Turock
Dec. 10 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal
Dec. 11 – DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
Dec. 12 – DE – Jena – F-Haus
Dec. 13 – DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
Dec. 14 – DE – München – Backstage Halle