• 5.2/10
    NOTHING SACRED - No Gods - 5.2/10


Label: Rockshot Records
Release date: July 16, 2021

User Review
6.63/10 (4 votes)

Nothing Sacred were formed early in the 80s  and they rocked the Australian scene during the penultimate decade of the 20th century until the decision of splitting up was made. Years have passed and the musicians decided to try join forces once again. Months spent on jamming, practicing and recording resulted with a ten track album which is due to come out in July 2021. Here’s No Gods, the second long play by Nothing Sacred.

Although Nothing Sacred are classified as Power/Thrash Metal, No Gods does not seem to sound like either of those genres. What it brings to mind is mostly Alternative Rock with a fair bit of Punk Rock, slightly garnished with a bit of Metal. Sounds as if the guys at Nothing Sacred do not want to be one of those Old School bands and they’ve decided to go for a sound no earlier than that of the 21st century. After all, the opening track would have been a perfect choice for a legendary PC game such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. Alongside “You” by Bad Religion or “When Worlds Collide” by Powerman5000 could it surely belong. That kind of strutting groove in the middle part of the song sounds slightly – just slightly – similar to the breakdown from “Wrathchild” off Killers by Iron Maiden. The album goes on and the band – at least in the following track titled “Virus” – reveals their Party Rock side. It can bring such bands as Cowboys From Hell era Pantera or even the 90s Mötley Crüe, although that concerns the feel that song has to it. It is not much about the music itself, so die hard fans of the aforementioned bands – don’t expect anything dead similar to those.

The album goes on and there sure are some good things to say about it, like the sound of the bass to name just one. If one would like to hear one more positive thing, then it is the guitar solos. These are really spot-on. Sadly, that’s pretty much it as far as the fabulous things go. An opposite analogy to Metallica’s St. Anger could be made here. That 2003 record got a lot of negative critique for multiple reasons, but one of them was the lack of solos a Thrash Metal band should always deliver. The opinions about songs would be pretty mixed, but most Metal fans would pick at least a couple of songs to like more than the rest. Here the situation is quite the opposite: there are truly amazing solos here, but sadly nothing splendid as far as the background goes. It’s like really fabulous icing on a cake that could be much better. And it’s not because these songs are not catchy or kicking enough. They seem to be somewhat over saturated, as if the band was trying to pack too much into them. They really could do with some flow. Or maybe, the guys at Nothing Sacred should go for a change and start writing music for PC games – it’s not just the opening track, but also the 8th one titled “Cult” that could definitely be a great background for collecting the bonuses and skating around in one of the THPS series.

All in all, there are good and bad things to say about No Gods. If the guys feel accomplished doing what they do and their fans are content with it, then there shouldn’t be anything in the way. Not every band is meant to get written down in cards of history as one to have set a new standard and release some milestones of albums or songs. But smoking a hench joint and having some beer to No Gods sounds worthwhile for sure.


  • Miłosz Mikołaj Nizioł

    Miłosz is a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He was born somewhere in Europe and now lives elsewhere in Europe. Miłosz is a writer and it has always been his passion. Aside from that, Miłosz is also a bass player - back in his UK days he played in various bands, some of which made it to have their place in the history of Metal; this includes an English high speed Thrash Metal act Rager that got mentioned in Contract in Blood: A History Of UK Thrash Metal (Glasper, I., 2018).   When enjoying live music as a member of the audience, Milosz never says no to circle pits and a good wall of death. Besides Metal, Milosz has a very wide range of interests that don't need to be specified here since they're not about Metal. One of them can be, actually: Milosz LOVES coming up with parodies of various songs lyrics.   Milosz's Top 25 bands (in the following order) are: The Beatles Deep Purple & Black Sabbath Queen ]v[ E G A D E T ]-[ (until 24.05.2021, but still) Judas Priest Iron Maiden (first three albums mostly) Twisted Sister Mötley Crüe KISS (preferably with Ace and Peter) Exodus Overkill Pantera Rainbow (and DIO of course) Savatage Running Wild Testament Pink Floyd ABBA Red Hot Chili Peppers Death Dire Straits Alestorm Motörhead

    View all posts

1 Comment

  1. I don’t think Nothing Sacred were ever known as a power metal thrash band. Where on earth did you get that from??

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.