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Review: Sacrifice - Forward to Termination
Forward to Termination

Label: Diabolic Force
Year released: 1987
Duration: 39:39
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 22, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Forward to Termination

Rated 4.43/5 (88.57%) (7 Votes)

After a raw-to-the-bone debut, Sacrifice's sophomore effort is unsurprisingly more polished and kind of approachable, while still remaining well on the underground side of the thrash genre of the time. The style is largely the same as on Torment in Fire, but it's obvious that the band had better means and rapidly grew in experience by the time they got to Forward to Termination. What I liked about their debut was the demonic vibe you could feel throughout the album and, let's face it, I'm a sucker for raw and chaotic when it's done so well. I find that atmosphere missing here, and we're left with ten great thrash songs that are just missing that glue between them. The vocals are the same style but not as piercing this time around. On Torment in Fire I thought the singer sounded young and that might have something to do with it (as teenagers back then, this kind of stuff could change quickly). The guitars are not as raw, with more precise and accomplished playing yet remaining razor-sharp, when not downright machine-gunning, and bearing the unmistakable Sacrifice signature. What this album lacks in atmosphere is replaced by sheer speed and visceral playing and there's a lot to like. Forward to Termination is a technically superior album with songs that will rip your face off—and then some—but personally I got more of a kick out of the debut.

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