In 1983, the local Australian hard/heavy music scene had long been dominated by the ‘pub rock’ style of bands like Rose Tattoo and AC DC, but the influence of the NWOBHM era was being felt in a new generation of local bands. Nothing Sacred were a key part of the new wave of Australian bands that recognised this and quickly rose through the local ranks. A fierce reputation was forged from constant gigging, built on a live show that was uncompromising and relentless. The band toured the east coast of Australia which culminated in them headlining the 1986 Metal for Melbourne festival – a local/unsigned bands only event that pulled over 1,400 people on the day.
Along with their touring schedule, the band self-released two records during the 80s. The 4-track ‘Deathwish’ EP, and the full length ‘Let Us Prey’ album. Both became cult favourites, the entire recording and mixing completed in just 4 days. The band also reached out to Motorhead artist Joe Petagno (Overkill, Bomber) who donated a piece called “Sacred Lay” which became the cover artwork. With the album done, the next step appeared to be in sight when the band landed a support slot on Megadeth’s first Australian tour. Alas, plenty of preparation came to a sudden halt when the tour was cancelled due to concerns about Dave Mustaine’s health.
Shortly afterwards, three of the original members, Woolley, Sham and Karl were approached by Peter Hobbs to act as his backing band to record a demo for what would eventually become “Hobbs Angel of Death”. The demo sessions completed, Hobbs secured a record deal in Germany. He invited the band members to join him full time but whilst Sham and Karl preferred to stay with Sacred, Woolley took the opportunity and left. Sacred continued for a few more years but, as with the rest of the world, the Australian music scene shifted and by the early 90s the band was almost dormant. Sacred gigs were few and far between but ticket sales always increased when they were added to a bill.
Fast forward to the 2000s and a new generation of Metal fans were discovering the past. Sacred decided to get back together with a focus on writing and recording new material and playing selected high-profile gigs. The announcement pricked ears and suddenly Sacred were at the fore of the Metal music scene again, both Sham and Karl being requested to appear in the 2014 Metal Downunder documentary, discussing the rise of Metal in Australia during the 80s.The documentary appearance led to invitation by a prominent Metal promoter to play in Japan. Overawed by the reception, they decided there was still a demand for them to be seen and heard.
In 2020, a 7″ red vinyl single was released as a preview for the “No Gods” album, the first full length recording in over 30 years. A boxset was also released, distributed across Europe and South America, that contained unreleased outtakes from the original Deathwish EP, and the Japan show on DVD. In 2023 a 6-track EP titled “Leviathan” was released on CD.
Nothing Sacred is currently in the process of recording material for their upcoming CD due for release early 2024.
Metal Gods TV
Nothing Sacred deliver a glorious blend of traditional heavy metal and thrash – heavy yet melodic and insanely infectious. … The head bang ability of the two new songs is sky high.
State Of Heavy
Heavy Metal in its purest form – five dudes in jeans and t-shirts that play guitar, bass, drums and vocals … catchy and burly Metal with melodies. Plugging in and giving it their all while still sounding vital and relevant. A+ 5/5
A mix of new and older tracks that builds on what the band did with No Gods. It has plenty of riffs, killer solos, and big melodies from vocalist Chris Stark.
- 1985 ‘Metal For Melbourne’ Festival headline.
- 1988 Megadeth Australian Tour support (cancelled)
- 1993 ‘Foundry’ Festival headline
- 2012 ‘Unholy Friday’ Festival
- 2012 Paul Dianno Australian Tour support
- 2012 “Heavy Mag” Issue 4 launch headline
- 2015 Japan
- 2015 ‘Brewtality’ Festival
- 2015 ‘Steel Assassins’ Festival headline
- 2017 ‘Metal For Melbourne’ Festival
- 2019 ‘Churches of Steel’ Festival
- 2023 ‘Udo Dirkschneider’ Australian Tour support
- December 2023, Metal Church Australian Tour Support
- January 2024, Paul Dianno Australian Tour Support
- July 2024, Headbangers Open Air Festival, Hamburg
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