sacrament-testimony-coverRetroactive Records brings back another classic thrash album from 1990. Sacrament's first full length album has been given new life in this new Legacy Edition.

Title: Testimony of Apocalypse (Legacy Edition)
Artist: Sacrament
Label: Retroactive Records
Time: 10 tracks/34:35 min.

Sacrament’s classic 1990 label debut has been re-issued again by Retroactive Records. Last re-issued in 2004, this new version is missing the Presumed Dead demo, but claims to have been re-mastered. So the big question is: How much difference can 10 years make in re-mastering technology? Apparently a lot – I compared the 2004 issue with the 2014 version and the difference is noticeable. While the 2004 re-issue wasn’t bad, the 2014 re-master is beefier and fuller sounding without becoming distorted or muddled (which would happen if they just boosted the low end).

The music itself is classic thrash metal that leaned more towards European thrash than Bay Area thrash. Sacrament was well received by the few that heard them back in the 90s, so if you consider yourself a fan of metal you should track down a copy of this re-issue as well as the re-issue of their superior 1992 follow-up album, Haunts of Violence.

By Matt Crosslin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) (Dec. 10, 2014)