"Ignorance," the inaugural studio album by American thrash metal stalwarts Sacred Reich, debuted on a 12" Vinyl LP in 1987. This seminal release solidified Sacred Reich's place in the thrash metal pantheon, showcasing their raw energy and social commentary. With tracks like "Death Squad" and "Ignorance," the album became a cornerstone of the genre, leaving an indelible mark on the metal landscape. The album cover has great artwork illustrations on the front, back cover and inner sleeve.


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"Ignorance" Album Description:

In the world of thrash metal history, 1987 stands out as a pivotal year that saw the emergence of several iconic bands and groundbreaking albums. Among them, Sacred Reich's debut studio album, "Ignorance," marked a significant contribution to the genre. Released on a 12" Vinyl LP, the album not only showcased the band's musical prowess but also reflected the spirit and energy of the thrash metal scene in the late '80s.

Production Details:

"Ignorance" was a product of collaborative efforts, both in terms of musical composition and production. The album was produced by Bill Metoyer, a name synonymous with the thrash metal genre, known for his work with other prominent bands of the era. With Sacred Reich taking the helm as co-producers, the album bore the imprint of their vision and artistic direction.

Executive producer Brian Slagel, a key figure in the metal scene, played a pivotal role in bringing "Ignorance" to fruition. His involvement added an extra layer of expertise and guidance, contributing to the overall quality of the album.

Recording Studios:

The sonic landscape of "Ignorance" was crafted in reputable recording studios of the time. Stagg Street Studio and Preferred Sound Studio witnessed the raw intensity of Sacred Reich's performance as the band laid down the tracks that would comprise this thrash metal masterpiece.

The recording and mixing process took place at Track Record, a studio that had become synonymous with the creation of iconic metal albums. Under the skilled hands of sound engineer Bill Metoyer, assisted by Richard McIntosh, Scott Campbell, Ken Paulakovich, and Brian Carlstrom, "Ignorance" found its sonic identity. The collaboration between these professionals resulted in a production that captured the essence of thrash metal's aggressive yet intricate sound.

Artistic Elements:

Beyond its sonic qualities, "Ignorance" also stands out for its visual representation. The album's graphics were skillfully handled by Ralph Bland Graphic Design, while the artwork was brought to life by Paul Stottler. The visual elements complemented the music, creating a cohesive package that appealed to fans and contributed to the overall identity of the album.

The striking photo on the album cover, credited to Michael Richards, encapsulated the intensity and energy of Sacred Reich's performance, offering a visual preview of the auditory onslaught within.

Music Genre:

  Thrash Metal Music
Album Production: 

Produced by Bill Metoyer and Sacred Reich

Executive producer: Brian Slagel

Brian Slagel is an influential figure in the world of heavy metal music. Born on 17 February 1961, in Los Angeles, California, Slagel developed a deep passion for music at an early age. Growing up in the music scene of the 1970s and 1980s, he played an instrumental role in shaping the landscape of heavy metal as we know it today.


In his teenage years, Slagel immersed himself in the thriving metal scene of Los Angeles. He attended numerous concerts and built a vast network of connections with musicians, fans, and industry professionals. Recognizing the immense talent around him, Slagel decided to channel his passion into something more substantial.

In 1982, at the age of 21, Slagel founded Metal Blade Records in his small apartment. The label began as a means to support and promote local metal bands who were struggling to secure record deals. Slagel's vision was to create a platform where these talented artists could showcase their music and gain wider recognition.

Metal Blade Records released its first compilation album, "Metal Massacre", in 1982. The album featured now-legendary bands such as Metallica, Ratt, and Slayer, among others. This groundbreaking release played a significant role in catapulting Metal Blade Records and its roster of artists into the spotlight.

As the label continued to grow, Slagel nurtured and signed a multitude of influential bands, including Mercyful Fate , Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, and Armored Saint , to name just a few. His keen ear for talent and unwavering support for the genre helped Metal Blade Records become one of the most successful independent labels in the music industry.

Throughout his career, Slagel remained committed to preserving the authenticity and integrity of heavy metal music. While other labels veered towards more commercial sounds, Slagel stayed true to his roots, signing and promoting bands that embodied the spirit of the genre. He played a crucial role in the rise of the thrash metal movement, which had a profound impact on the music industry and inspired countless musicians.

In addition to his work as a label owner, Slagel has also served as a producer, working on albums for bands like Flotsam and Jetsam, Exciter, and Trouble. His deep understanding of the genre and his ability to bring out the best in artists allowed him to make significant contributions to their musical journeys.

Over the years, Brian Slagel's contributions to heavy metal have been widely recognized and celebrated. In 2010, he received the "Lifetime Achievement" award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony. His dedication to the genre has left an indelible mark on the music world, influencing generations of metal musicians and fans alike.

Today, Metal Blade Records continues to thrive under Slagel's guidance. His passion, perseverance, and unwavering belief in the power of heavy metal have cemented his legacy as one of the most influential figures in the genre. Brian Slagel's story is a testament to the transformative power of music and the immense impact that one person can have on an entire cultural movement.

Recorded at: Stagg Street Studio, Preferred Sound Studio
Recorded and mixed at : Track Record
Sound Engineer: Bill Metoyer

Bill Metoyer a well-known American music producer and sound engineer who has worked in the heavy metal genre. He has produced and engineered albums for a number of notable heavy metal bands, including Slayer, Armored Saint, and Cryptic Slaughter.

Metoyer is known for his expertise in capturing the raw energy and intensity of heavy metal music, and for his ability to bring out the best in the bands he works with. His work has helped to define the sound of heavy metal and has had a significant impact on the genre.

In addition to his production and engineering work, Metoyer has also been involved in other aspects of the music industry, including music education and artist development. He is highly regarded by musicians and fans alike for his contributions to the heavy metal genre, and continues to be an influential figure in the world of heavy metal music.during the 1980s he was Vice-President and in-house sound-engineer of Metal Blade Records. As such he has produced and taken care of the sound of many Heavy Metal bands. Most notable: Flotsam and Jetsam, Fates Warning, Helstar, Savage Grace, Tyrant, Slayer, Trouble, Sacred Reich, Armored Saint, Atrophy, Abattoir, Bitch, D.R.I, Dark Angel, Cryptic Slaughter, Lääz Rockit, Morbid Angel, Omen, Lizzy Borden, Mentors and many others.

Assistent Sound Engineers: Richard McIntosh, Scott Campbell, Ken Paulakovich, Brian Carlstrom

Bryan Carlstrom (Brian Carlstrom) an versatile and experienced Producer and Sound Engineer in rock, hip-hop, punk, jazz, heavy metal, etc. This document covers the heavy metal bands and albums he has produced or engineered during the 1980s, which include bands like "Sacred Reich", Tyrant, Incubus, Pandemonium, etc.

"Brian Carlstrom" and "Ken Paulakovich" having been working on the same albums on several occasions. These albums include: "Money Talks - Cryptic Slaughter", "A Distant Thunder - Helstar", "Serpent Temptation - Incubus", "The Kill, Pandemonium", "Ignorance - Sacred Reich", "Depths of Death - Sentinel", "Too Late to Pray - Tyrant". "Scott Campbell" worked also with them on "Money Talks - Cryptic Slaughter", and "Tyrant - Too late to Pray".

Graphics by: Ralph Bland Graphic Design
Artwork by: Paul Stottler
Photo by: Michael Richards



Record Label Information:

  Metal Blade Records RR 9578 / Roadrunner
Packaging: This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by "Sacred Reich" and photos.

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl LP Record 170 grams vinyl

Year & Country:

  1987 Made in Holland
Band Members and Musicians on: Sacred Reich Ignorance
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Greg Hall - Drums
  • Phil Rind - Vocals, Bass
  • Wiley Arnett - Guitars
  • Jason Rainey - Guitars

Collection notes:

Phil Rind (Vocals, Bass) is with the American band "Sacred Reich" since 1985 and has briefly sung with "Flotsam and Jetsam" in 1986.

Track Listing of: Sacred Reich Ignorance
    Side One:
  1. Death Squad
  2. Victim of Demise
  3. Layed to Rest
  4. Ignorance
  5. No Believes
    Side Two:
  1. Violent Solutions
  2. Rest in Peace
  3. Sacred Reich
  4. Administrative Decisions
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Ignorance and The American Way: The Early Political and Social Commentary of Sacred Reich

Sacred Reich Band Information:

Sacred Reich is an American thrash metal band that was formed in 1985 in Phoenix, Arizona. The band is known for their political and social commentary lyrics, as well as their aggressive and heavy music style. With four studio albums, several EPs and live recordings, Sacred Reich has become a cult favorite among the metal community.

The band was founded by Phil Rind on bass and vocals, Wiley Arnett on guitar, and Greg Hall on drums. They were later joined by Jason Rainey on guitar. The band's early years were marked by the typical struggles of a struggling band trying to make it in the competitive metal scene of the mid-1980s. However, Sacred Reich's talent and dedication paid off when they signed with Metal Blade Records in 1987, which led to the release of their debut album, "Ignorance."

"Ignorance" was a critical success, and Sacred Reich quickly gained a reputation for their powerful, politically charged lyrics and their energetic live performances. The album's title track, "Ignorance," deals with the dangers of blind obedience and the need for people to think for themselves. Another standout track is "Death Squad," which addresses the brutality of war and the senseless loss of life that results from it.

The band's second album, "The American Way," was released in 1990 and was another critical success. The album's title track is a scathing indictment of the greed and materialism that permeates American society. The song urges listeners to resist the pressure to conform and to fight for their individuality. The album also includes the track "Who's to Blame," which deals with the issue of environmental destruction and the need for people to take responsibility for their actions.

Sacred Reich continued to tour and release albums throughout the 1990s, but the band faced numerous challenges, including lineup changes and declining interest in thrash metal. Despite these challenges, the band remained committed to their music and their message, and their influence continued to be felt in the metal community.

In 1996, Sacred Reich released their fourth studio album, "Heal." The album marked a departure from their thrash metal roots and featured a more melodic and introspective sound. The album's title track deals with the issue of mental health and the need for people to seek help when they are struggling. Another standout track is "Blue Suit, Brown Shirt," which addresses the issue of racism and the dangers of extremist ideologies.

Sacred Reich went on hiatus in 2000, and the band members pursued other projects. However, they reunited in 2006 for a series of live shows, and in 2019, they released their fifth studio album, "Awakening." The album marked a return to their thrash metal roots and featured the same powerful political and social commentary that has defined their music for decades.

Sacred Reich has been an influential band in the thrash metal genre, and their legacy continues to be felt in the metal community today. They are known for their powerful lyrics, their energetic live performances, and their unwavering commitment to their music and their message. The band has inspired countless fans and other musicians, and their impact on the metal scene cannot be overstated. 

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