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The Ones I Condemn

(Marquee/Sonic Unyon)

Reviewed by : "Metal" Tim Henderson
Rating : 8.5

For a kid growing up in Southern Ontario - and living with the Canadian content laws - much home-grown talent received a ton of press, radio play and this new phenomenon in the early '80s called videos. And when a band could actually afford to lens themselves during the era MTV blew the music world out of the water, their reputation and influence grew tenfold. Take Canuck thrash pioneers Sacrifice; the band's 'Reanimation' video (from their second album, Forward To Termination) was a staple to all video stations across the country. It was the band's raw intensity and choking grip that pushed them from underground basement dwellers, to an act known the world over beside other national treasures as Razor, Exciter, Annihilator, Slaughter and of course Anvil. Fast forward to the early '90s and things would sour fast once the band was dumped by Metal Blade Records after releasing Apocalypse Inside. Granted, heavy metal was on shaky ground in '93/'94 and Sacrifice threw in the towel. Ten years later the band - featuring Rob Urbinati (guitar, vocals), Joe Rico (guitar), Gus Pynn (drums) and Scott Watts (bass) - were rumoured to be jamming together again and on September 23rd, 2006 the band officially reformed and performed at Toronto's Day Of The Equinox II. The following month the four-piece started working on what would ultimately be The Ones I Condemn - an album that has been out since June by Brazil's Marquee Records. Sacrifice make their long-missed presence known with lead-off track 'We Will Prevail', a blistering instrumental that sets the tone for the entire album. And the band knows all eyes are watching. We've seen too many reunions go sour and the Canuck legends certainly didn't want to be added to that disappointing list. But Sacrifice haven't lost touch with their roots and have paid attention to the scene around them unlike many of their contemporaries. The title track sees Urbinati spitting blood and venom, his attacking vocal style was and is such a band trademark. 'Tetragrammaton' is a monolith of sound and scope, seeing the boys push limits that most extreme acts wouldn't dare. Whereas 'Give Me Justice' has that classic Testament-feel, 'Atrocity' and 'The Devil's Martyr' (featuring Dave Hewson of SLAUGHTER, STRAPPADO fame) are pit-friendly snippets of violence. Seven-minute plus closer 'Desolation Alive' is epic extremity, the band creating a prog-thrash mix of deathly valleys and serenity, ala Chuck Schuldiner. The Canadian version of the album also contains the raucous and exclusive bonus track of the band's cover of the RUSH classic 'Anthem', Sacrifice adding to the original's punchiness and prowess. A veritable clash of the eras between two vital pieces of Canadian music history.

Sacrifice - The Ones I Condemn





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