Australian thrashers Nothing Sacred will be marking their return to the mosh pit with their new album “No Gods” set for release via Rockshots Records on July 16th. The band unveiled the first single “Final Crime” this past May and are ready to share the next song “Stoner” with a music video in preview to the full length.
“This is a very different track for Nothing Sacred, which to us made it all the better. We did debate on a name for it. We originally called it Stoner when we only had the music. The name was only meant to be a placeholder till another one came along. That obviously didn’t end up happening, plus the name Stoner just suits it. It’s a song about a love-hate battle with anything that eventually leads to the destruction of both. It kinda morphed into a bunch of cool lines and a lot of ooo’s and aaaah’s.” adds the band.
Conceived in Melbourne in 1983, Nothing Sacred went on hiatus for two decades. During the 80s, the thrash/speed metal band unleashed their EP “Deathwish”, which catapulted them as one of the most sought-after pit makers with the record’s title track becoming a classic within the Australian metal scene. Three years later in 1988, Nothing Sacred unleashed the full-length entitled “Let Us Prey” on Cleopatra Records. Unfortunately a year after that LP’s release, the band disbanded in 1989. Lead guitarist Mark Woolley, bassist Karl Lean and drummer Sham went on to contribute to Hobbs’ Angel of Death‘s early work in the late 1980s. Woolley also appeared on Hobbs’ first self-titled album in 1988. Vocalist Mick Burnham later joined short-lived Melbourne band Seizure in 1993.
Although their tenure was short-lived, Nothing Sacred still remains an underground metal phenomenon in Australia. Songs from the Deathwish EP still get airplay on several Australian metal radio programs.
In 2012, Nothing Sacred performed a series 30th anniversary shows with Ross Percy (Ion Drive, Little House Godz) joining George Larin on guitar that included a support slot for the ex-Iron Maiden vocalists Paul Di’AnnoP/Blaze Bayley Australian tour. Despite the success, the band agreed not to continue and returned to retirement.
In 2015, the band decided to re-activate with a lineup of Sham, Karl Lean, George Larin, Ross Percy, and new vocalist Chris Stark. A slot on Melbourne’s Brewtality Metal Festival received positive reviews before the band embarked on a short tour of Japan, which inspired them to continue and lead the band to headline day one of the Steel Assassins Festival in Sydney.
Line-up changes again slowed the band, but with the addition of James Davies now on vocals and Stu Bedford on guitar, the band spent most of 2019 and 2020 writing and recording, what is now to be their first full length in over 30 years. Entitled “No Gods”, the record is the Nothing Sacred‘s resurrection to the thrash world. With a wealth of experience, a bucket load of riffs, and a renewed energy for one of Australia’s longest-running metal bands.
The band adds:
“We think our return with this new album will be received well. We’ve made a conscious effort to not be one-dimensional. We picked a cross-section of tracks we thought would make the album interesting. Though eight of the tracks are brand new, we decided to add two tracks ‘Final Crime’ and ‘Oracle’ we wrote for our 2nd album in the late 80’s, but never released.”
“No Gods” will be released on July 16, 2021 via Rockshots Records and available for pre-order at the following links: