SACROSANCT welcome back former guitarist ‘Gerrit Knol’ and recruit permanent drummer
SACROSANCT, the German-Dutch progressive metal outfit founded by former Pestilence guitarist Randy Meinhard, have welcomed former guitarist Gerrit Knol back into their ranks. Knol, who played on the band’s second album, ‘Recesses for the Depraved’ (1991), replaces Chrischi Göwert, who left SACROSANCT in January 2019 to focus on other commitments and musical projects.
Drummer Jonas Schütz, who initially performed with SACROSANCT as their live session drummer, has now also joined the band on a permanent basis.
SACROSANCT returned to the scene in November 2018 after a 25-year hiatus with a new album, ‘Necropolis’, released through Rock of Angels Records.
Richard F. Hesselink – vocals Randy Meinhard – guitars (ex Pestilence) Gerrit Knol – guitars ( ex Symmetry, Genetic Wisdom) Kees Harrison – bass (ex Sphere of Souls) Jonas Schütz – Drums (Diësis, Eraserhead, Sapiency)
SACROSANCT are currently rehearsing material for live shows in 2019 and 2020.
SACROSANCT was formed in 1988 by guitarrist Randy Meinhard and drummer Marco Foddis, who had learned to know each either while joining Pestilence. In 1990 SACROSANCT released their debut album ‘Truth is – what is‘. The album is characterized by technically sophisticated thrash metal. The dual guitars create a straight as well as spherical and melodious tapestry of sound, interrupted by the tight drumming and the moaning, but angry and rude voice. Creative band head Randy Meinhard considered guitar duos of bands like Queensrÿche, Exodus and Iron Maiden as a main influence, and Ace Frehley of Kiss as initial spark. In Rock Hard Magazine, Holger Stratmann claimed: “The record contains as many riffs as all Slayer-albums altogether.”
SACROSANCT released their second album ‘Recesses for the depraved‘ in 1991. With a more edgy sound it was little melodious and spheric than the debut. For the album cover SACROSANCT even managed to deal with the rights for H. R. Giger’s picture Das Spiegelbild. When Giger died, 23 years later, the Rolling Stone Magazine stated “the disturbing Giger cover art accurately conveyed the savage nature of the music”.
The third album ‘Tragic Intense‘ was even more melodious and spherical than the debut. On the other hand staccato-parts are rarely on it. In an interview for the music mag Iron Pages, Randy Meinhard stated in 1993 that the dark basic mood is what we intended to do. It just should sound sinister. In that issue Markus Wosgien (Nuclear Blast) described the album as a mixture of Thrash-, Doom- and Power-Metal, and classified it as a milestone in this genre. Frank Albrecht (Rock Hard Magazine) rated it with nine out of ten points. The opening song At least pain lasts – a sung suicide note should become predictive: A short while after Tragic Intense the band broke up.
SACROSANCT returns reformed to the scene after a 25-year hiatus now !
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