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Independent

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Audio CD, December 19, 1995
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1. Independent
2. Free
3. Just Like That
4. Supremacy
5. If Only
6. Crawling
7. Pressure
8. Product
9. I Never Said Goodbye
10. Open Book
11. Do It

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 19, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000000OC8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David B on February 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Sacred Reich plays that old school metal, lots of power chords and fast lyrics. No hardcore rap on this album ie..KoRn..Limp Bizkit. Album came out in 1993 and the single "Independent" was played in the college football movie "The Program". The majority of the songs are just power chords and the lead singer doesn't do the death metal growl which can get annoyning quick. SR has their own sound but reminds me of a cross between old Megadeth and Metallica's "Kill Em' All". I don't know what the statis of the band is right now but what I do know is these guys just rule! Excellent album, an all out metal fest!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dentallica on February 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sacred Reich are so under-appreciated its ridiculous. Although this album is not as fast as some of their other work, it is still amazing. Amazing riffs, fantastic vocals and cool lyrics. Having teamed up with Dave Jerden - the production on this album is fantastic too. Put it this way - if you like Nuclear Assault, Death Angel, Testament, Overkill, Metal Church, Exodus....then you will LOVE Sacred Reich and this is a great album. Sacred Reich is leaps and bounds above the bands I just mentioned yet for some bizarre reason - they never get/got the same recognition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LLB on March 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yes, the often mentioned "under appreciated" SR with a brilliant follow up to 1990's American Way. To say this is a great thrash album alone does not do it justice. This is an all time classic Heavy Metal album in league with the great disc's of metal years prior and since. whether You like Proto metal like Sabbath, Proto speed metal like Accept, NWOBHM or Thrash, this disc deserves a place in any complete and respected CD collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Infante on December 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Independent is the best of the releases Sacred Reich made, i really enjoy Surf Nicaragua and The American Way because this albums are also awesome but with independent they reached a level of improvement and technique really amazing, for instance "product" is marked by a constant riff perhaps a little mechanical but exciting, "pressure" is a little more trashy, "independent" have a lot of speed metal and theres also some great Sabbath tunes with slow riffs and drumming in the rest of the tracks, saddly this Arizona ensamble is not active anymore but their place in Metal history is secure.

HM
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "kwobooks" on December 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's a shame that SR didn't make it any bigger than they did. I think they acheived Godlike status among thrash metal fans, but they never really crossed that "commercial" line that would've catapaulted them into the dark and heavy world of Metal Money. In a way that's a good thing. SR always was the best "garage metal band" around. This CD is an intelligent mix of political speak with heavy, HEAVY chords and speedy licks, although they to tend to branch out in to the more melodic, slow side of thrash on a few tracks. (...) However, when diving into the slower stuff I notice that he sounds really strained for hitting the "higher" notes. No bother...it still rocks.
The CD starts off with "Independent", which (in my mind) is the best track on the CD. This kind of causes the rest of the album to lose a little steam as the rest of the tunes are not as powerful. Not bad, just not as fist pumping and heart grinding. However, "If Only" is a nice little RUSH/Led Zepplinesque guitar/bass instrumental which shifts the mood so greatly that the rest of the CD seems to kick up 10 notches. Luck? Maybe brilliant organization...whatever. Regardless of any downfalls this might have, Sacred Reich is one of the pioneers of HEAVY music. (...) A must have for any fan of a great past.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Williamson on October 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I got this disc about the time I was finishing high school. I saw the video for "Independent" on MTV's Headbanger's Ball and was hooked. I don't remember the video, but I'll never forget the tune. The title track is a great song as are "Supremacy", "If Only", and "Crawling". I also enjoyed the dystopian cover art-interesting. Definitely one of the better metal discs of the 90's and worth checking out. Too bad these guys never made more waves, they were quite good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oliverio Casas on February 25, 2011
Format: Audio CD
After 1990's The American Way, Phil Rind and his cohorts seemed all set to finally conquer the upper echelons of success they justly deserved. Alas, almost three years would go by before anything was heard from them again, and by the time they finally returned in late 1992 with Independent, their momentum was lost and thrash metal in general was pretty much finished commercially.
Fortunately, the band didn't seem to get the message, since the two first tracks on this album are arguably the best from their catalogue: the title track is a sarcastic and punishing onslaught while "Free" delivers both headbanging riffs and ironic social commentary.
Sadly, the songwriting nosedives after this strong opening, meandering too much with pedestrian, mid-tempo thrashers, and despite delivering an epic, uncharacteristic power ballad with "I Never Said Goodbye", the truth is the band seems to have completely run out of ideas, to the point of using the same riff on the album twice: just listen to "Open Book" after listening to the title track and you'll know what I'm talking about.
This may not be an essential release, but Sacred Reich fanatics will still find it worthwhile.
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