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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: 4/5

Review online: February 2, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Forward to Termination

Rated 4.53/5 (90.67%) (15 Votes)

Forward to Termination is the second of three Sacrifice albums given a vinyl reissue by High Roller Records in 2022. Those familiar with this cult band's brand of music need no introduction, but for those new to their music, they play speedy thrash that moves a hundred miles an hour, most of the time with high-pitched screams and plenty of sick guitar work. Think of a combination of early Slayer and Exciter, just maybe a little less memorable in the songwriting department. That's not to insinuate the songwriting is bad on Forward to Termination, in fact, rather than the sophomore blues, Sacrifice built on their debut and released a much better second album. All the wild, chaotic energy is still present, and your neck will be sore soon after the album starts, however, the performances are much more direct and deliberate. It's like they found a way to harness their attack and focus it right onto your eardrums. They added a few breakdowns, like the middle section of the epic, 7+ minute "Flames of Armageddon" which has a truly haunting vibe, and the groovy (in a good way) riff on "Cyanide, but don't rely on them instead mashing the accelerator down at every opportunity. If you liked Sacrifice's debut, Torment in Fire, it is hard to imagine you not loving the more polished yet still fast and sharp Forward to Termination.

Additional Information

2022 reissue on High Roller Records reviewed.

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