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By the time Sacred Reich was signed, the quartet was already the new toast of the hard-core thrash-metal scene, established when bands like Megadeth, Death Angel, Exodus and Anthrax engineered a renaissance for heavy metal with a faster, harder evolutionary leap. Rind's longtime buddy Jason Newsted (formerly of Flotsam & Jetsam, now bassist for Metallica) helped Reich garner slots on Metalblade's Metal Massacre III compilation and High Times magazine's Hempilation disc.
Reich toured almost incessantly, and it wasn't unusual for three years to pass between albums. "I'd rather make excuses for why a record took so long to make than excuses for why it's such a shitty record," says Rind.
Sacred Reich dabbled with a funk-influenced sound two records back, but on the latest project, Heel, Sacred Reich reconnects with the aggression and drive it exhibited in the beginning. "When you're 17," says Rind, "it's you against the world. That's an easy thing to forget. But we brought that attitude back on the last album."
In the end, Rind says, success is relative.
"We may not be Johnny Charisma and the fuckin' Charismatones, but we're the only rock band that got Disneyland to make bongs!