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Behind The Realms of Madness (Reissue)

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Relapse is honored to present the first ever fully authorized reissue of the legendary UK band Sacrilege's landmark debut 'Behind The Realms Of Madness'. Originally released in 1985, Sacrilege were one of the first bands of the 80s that both punks and metalheads rallied behind. Propelled by singer Lynda 'Tam' Simpson's ferocious vocals and polticically charged lyrics, 'Behind The Realms of Madness' blended crust, thrash, hardcore, doom and death-metal to create a timeless album that has directly influenced scores of punks and heshers alike. Now fully remastered by Brad Boatright (Sleep, Hooded Menace, Obituary) with SEVEN previously unreleased bonus tracks and expanded art and liner notes!

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released November 13, 2015

Relapse Records 2015
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Founded in 1984 by Damian Thompson and Lynda “Tam” Simpson, female­fronted crust/metal pioneers SACRILEGE set a worldwide standard for heavy music with their unique blend of hardcore punk & metal. S​ACRILEGE’​s approach focused on weaving radical politics into intricate stories, blending the rebellious spirit of punk with the complexity & imagination of metal. ... more

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Track Name: Lifeline
Through innocent minds the knife glides in
Cutting the lifeline to sanity
Replacing lives with possessions and greed
Like blind children we search frantically
Our hands claw the air for peace and light
But we're offered just blackness and rage
A new life screams as it takes its first breath
Soon trapped in its ready-made cage
Its hands claw the air for peace and light
Yet it's offered just blackness and rage
Through innocent flesh the knife glides in
Cutting the life-line with ease
Replacing life with the foul stench of death
On the fresh blood they now start to feed
They've taken the earth as they now take the life
Cold concrete replaces warm soil
We sit in the corners, minds twisted with fear
For a world we shall soon see no more
Track Name: Shadow From Mordor
Like the shadow from Mordor, creeping slowly forward
Unleashed from it's sanctuary by the devil in man
The world thrown into torment by their uncaring greed
We stare into the face of death screaming to be freed
Their control is complete, we the voiceless have none
Beaten into defeat by the arm of the strong
Now the shadow gets darker for they've stolen the sun
And the sale of our earth has already begun
Like Durin's Bane, rising up from the deep
There is evil at work while the people do sleep
As they plunder the earth, still we sit back and watch
Their wrath consumes all that would stand in their path
Track Name: At Death's Door
The new day is dawning they start counting the dead
The hard swollen bellies of the children not fed
Their land dry and parched still they pray for the rain
The massacre continues yet again and again
Year after year the lands ring death's bell
The children blind's eyes have a sad tale to tell
Their limbs bent and twisted, their minds hold no spark
Their crying in vain for no light breaks the dark
The land holds the hammer but mankind deals the blow
Economics and profit before compassion we show
Our excesses waste as the wealthy grow fat
Rather than give to the needy they'll let the food rot
At death's door they stand, only suffering they know
Track Name: A Violation Of Something Sacred
With blatant deception they rape the fields of life
With brutal destruction enforcing hatred and strife
They take beauty in their hands yet put back only pain
Their bigotry and greed has always been the same
With blind acceptance we swallow all their lies
Engulfed by their hatred we learn only to despise
They have nothing in their arrogance, their narrow-minded stance
But they won't open up their eyes to even give it just a chance
Track Name: The Closing Irony
On the brink of destruction the world trembles in fear
The madman is screaming, a crumpled corpse lying near
The people are fighting for what's left of the mess
Their minds blown to fragments now blend with the dust
The corpses are moving, hungry maggots give life
The brave men of the world have now fought their last fight
A mother's last scream as in death she brings life
An heir to the world that now whimpers and dies
The child is slaughtered as it leaves the womb
Fighting for air in this festering tomb
Track Name: Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
Such a sorrowful scene, this sight for sore eyes
Emaciated bodies, another child dies
A sad symbol of the brotherhood of man
Out of sight out of mind in a faraway land
Begging for a morsel, bowl in hand
While the rich men talk of relief plans
Drawing up agreements of who gets what
But the bowl stays empty and the corpses rot
Such a sorrowful scene, a sight for sore eyes
The weapons pile up, the whole country dies
A sad symbol of the hatred of man
Out of sight out of mind in our own land
Begging for sanity, let reason prevail
The wise men talk, the efforts all fail
They make new agreements of who's got what
The stockpiles get higher the child is forgot
Track Name: The Captive (1986 Demo)
Down the spiral staircase into darkness beyond
an endless web of hopelessness, a forlorn and lonely song
The vultures silent eyeing, for the first meal of the day
The mad ones tortured eyes from insanity never stray
In the dark recesses of the pit, walls are damp and cold
Prisoner stares deranged with fears both new and old
Brain has but one use now, to torment the captives mind
Body void of use now, it is like a vision to the blind
The soul if freed could flee the pit, and walk above the pain
And once again delight in warm sun and cooling rain
Reality away now, smile glances on sad lips
whilst glimpsing at the world before returning to the pit
Track Name: Flight of the Nazgul (1986 Demo)
Why is life so precious, when living is but shreds
of joy and pain, of loss and gain, of torment and resent
Hanging on a cliff edge, we are clawing for a hold
The weak are pushed, the strong held back
The quiet cowed by the bold
More rain than sunshine, the warm outdoes the cold
Safety in numbers, but now we're all alone
I'm stretching out my arms now, I'm yearning for your love
Mist is all around us now, dark shadows fly above.
The cold can kill you, your body keeps me warm
We survey the view now, in the cold light of the dawn
Out on the cliff edge. moss clings so easily
But now it's not so easy for the likes of you and me
Track Name: Sight of the Wise (1986 Demo)
World in madness, doors shut tight
Blind oppression keeping out the light
Power twisted, throughout years of misuse
Seeds of our freedom waiting to take root
Buildings grey, as architects minds
Laughing children left far behind
Fields now gone, room only for schools
Learning is none with books mere rules
People in lines afraid to step out
Whisper of tongues, too tied to shout
Ticket to death, reaper at the wheel
Never to stop until we learn how to feel
World in madness, doors broken down
Sight of the wise throwing light all around
Power gives way to freedom of choice
Bound hands freed with mind and voice
Track Name: Feed (2015)
Your body just a vessel
Your hunger needs to feed
Lost Should, Just a void
Into which we slowly bleed
You wonder why you crave death
Every time you need to feed
Somehow lost, we know the light creates life
So why does darkness satisfy the need
Fill your space with energy
Or stifle it with endless night
Choose tamas, inertia, lethargy
Or choose to breathe and find life
Your body just a vessel
Could be a temple or a slum
Full of empty desires
From which our extinction comes
Track Name: Dig Your Own Grave (2015)
Investing in the arms race,investing in war production
Funding the holocaust,funding your destruction
It's time to face,face the reapers smile.
Money equals profit & profit equals power
Corruption and deceit in your ivory tower
Working for the parasites that shit on you
Create annihilation with the work you do
Track Name: Bloodrun (Live)
Down the spiral staircase into darkness beyond
an endless web of hopelessness, a forlorn and lonely song
The vultures silent eyeing, for the first meal of the day
The mad ones tortured eyes from insanity never stray
In the dark recesses of the pit, walls are damp and cold
Prisoner stares deranged with fears both new and old
Brain has but one use now, to torment the captives mind
Body void of use now, it is like a vision to the blind
The soul if freed could flee the pit, and walk above the pain
And once again delight in warm sun and cooling rain
Reality away now, smile glances on sad lips
whilst glimpsing at the world before returning to the pit