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New NZ Dates Announced For Sacred Reich & Vio-Lence

New NZ Dates Announced For Sacred Reich & Vio-Lence

Chris Cudby / Image: Sacred Reich / Monday 28th September, 2020 11:04AM

Aotearoa gig-goers looking forward to experiencing the all-guns-blazing metal mania of US thrash legends Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence will have some extra time to add even more patches to their jackets. The global pandemic has necessitated their double-headline North Island shows will now be taking place in October 2021, when hopefully the diabolical shadow of Covid-19 will have receded into memory and live gigs will flourish once again unrestricted.

Led by Phil Rind and exploding out of Phoenix, Arizona in the mid-eighties, Sacred Reich's hugely influential, frenetic and socially conscious sonic outpourings delivered four studio albums during their first tour of duty as an active unit – they split in 2000, reunited in 2006, and last year unveiled their first long player in more than two decades Awakening. Forged in the furnace of the mid-80s Bay Area thrash metal scene, Vio-Lence have returned to stages to renew their furious live assault following 15 years downtime – their output encompasses a trio of ear-bleeding studio albums: Eternal Nightmare (1988), Oppressing the Masses (1990) and Nothing to Gain (1993). Catch both groups in late 2021 with support from Pōneke's Bulletbelt, who launched their fearsome fourth studio record Warlords in July...

Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence
with special guests Bulletbelt

Tuesday 12th October 2021 - Valhalla, Wellington
Wednesday 13th October 2021 - Whammy, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR

Watch the vintage clip for the title track to Sacred Reich's 1990 album The American Way...

Experience Vio-Lence's 'Serial Killer' from their 1988 classic Eternal Nightmare...

Press release:


For the first time since their 1994 tour with Sepultura, after a 25 year wait, YCSS and Valhalla Touring are thrilled to welcome back SACRED REICH to NZ shores.

2019 brought the much anticipated release of the bands’ fifth studio album “Awakening” to rave reviews and the return of powerhouse Dave McClain on drums (MACHINE HEAD) to the SACRED REICH stronghold. We are pumped to welcome back legends McClain, Phil Rind (vocals, bass), Wiley Arnett (lead guitar) and new member Joey Radziwill (rhythm guitar) for a killer run of shows down under. Don’t miss SACRED REICH prove that...

“Thrash has never really gone away… The mosh pit hoovers up the bands back catalogue and responds with a guttural almost Nordic roar.” - ORIGINAL ROCK


Re-united and playing their first shows in over a decade, thrash legends VIO-LENCE are NOT TO BE MISSED.

Formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1985, VIO-LENCE instilled themselves as groundbreakers of the second wave of thrash with their revered 1988 album “Eternal Nightmare”. Throughout ’88 and ’89, VIO-LENCE toured the album to great success alongside thrash comrades TESTAMENT, VOIVOD, DEATH ANGEL, SANCTUARY, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, D.R.I., M.O.D. and the CRO-MAGS. In ’89, Megaforce Records/Atlantic signed the band, leading to the release of the bands’ second album “Oppressing the Masses” (1990).

In 1991, VIO-LENCE released their EP “Torture Tactics” and their third studio album “Nothing to Gain”. 1993 brought the unfortunate break-up of the band, with some members splintering off to form TORQUE and MACHINE HEAD. Some 26 years later, and re-united at last as VIO-LENCE, we are looking forward to welcoming Phil Demmel (lead guitar), Deen Dell (bass), Sean Killian (vocals), Perry Strickland (drums) and Ray Vegas (rhythm guitar) as they unleash their hefty sound and stage presence to the Kiwi masses:

“I doubt I’ll see a display of audience passion and insanity comparable to what I witnessed and felt during Vio-lence‘s set in a very long time” - Rob Shepyer (JANKY SMOOTH)

This is a once in a lifetime thrash double bill down under… get pumped.

Joining as main support on both shows is BULLETBELT. After a decade of activity, they have played countless shows across NZ, Australia and Japan with Midnight, Toxic Holocaust, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Carcass, Sabbat and many more international metal icons. They’ve released three acclaimed full-length albums, a number of videos, and provided the rip-roaring title track to the much-celebrated heavy metal horror film Deathgasm.


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Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence
Tue 14th Mar 7:30pm
Valhalla, Wellington
Sacred Reich and Vio-Lence
Wed 15th Mar 7:30pm
Whammy Bar, Auckland