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Sacred Reich, Jungle Rot, Cross Examination 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., June 28, 7 p.m. 2011

Chicago should be proud to snag such an extremely rare show. Borderline legendary speed-thrash outfit Sacred Reich, which formed in 1985, had a period of nonexistence from 2000 to 2006 and currently plays live only—that is, these guys have no plans to return to recording. They gig pretty much exclusively in their home base of Phoenix, Arizona, and overseas—this is their only scheduled U.S. date for 2011, and bassist-vocalist Phil Rind tells me via e-mail that he's pretty sure they haven't played Chicago since 1996. The Reich is still best known for the late-80s classics Ignorance and Surf Nicaragua, which wedded the wicked political barbs of the Dead Kennedys to the fury of Slayer. Thrash metal needs rage to achieve liftoff, and on those records the band fueled it with war, exploitation, and poverty—a trajectory they rode into the stratosphere on 1990's savage The American Way. Bursts of brilliance generally aren't sustainable, and Sacred Reich didn't sustain that one; they released their last studio album in 1996, then went on hiatus four years later. This reconstituted lineup is the same one that appears on Ignorance, and on video at least it seems to have recaptured the hunger of the band's early days. Rind promises they'll dig deep into the back catalog for this show. —Monica Kendrick 17+

Price: $25

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