Added: 11 December 2011

Sacrifice (Swe)

Sacrifice (Swe)
Band Info
Heavy Metal
Sweden (

Östra Göinge

1985 - 1986, 2015
Official Website

Anders Strengberg - Vocals (Metal Muthaz, Crier, Mercy, Sound Express, Espinoza)
Jonas Hansson - Guitar, Keyboards (Silver Mountain, Jonas Hansson Band, Legacy, Mountain of Power, Lizzy Borden)
Mats "Masken" Svensson - Bass (Metal Muthaz, Crier)
Mikael Gustavsson - Drums (Metal Muthaz, Crier)
Johan Åberg - Keyboards, Percussion

Former / Past Members
Thomas "Tott" Axelsson - Guitar (Metal Muthaz, Crier)
Thomas Lundgren - Guitar (Metal Muthaz, Crier)
Formed in 1982 as CRIER, changed name to METAL MUTHAZ in 1983 and then became SACRIFICE in 1985. SACRIFICE released a 7" single on Platina Records entitled "Street Fighter / Innocent Victim, (1985)". Vocalist Anders Strenberg leaves the band shortly after. Remaining SACRIFICE members goes back to former name CRIER and records the song "Fantasy World" for the UK Ebony Records compilation 'The Metal Collection Vol.2 (1987)'. Other bands contributing was Swedish PHOENIX from Malmö and UK bands such as STORMCHILD, CENTURION, DRAGONSLAYER, FAST KUTZ and DEALER.  Anders Strengberg joins CRIER in 1987 but leaves again to join MERCY. After some line-up changes CRIER releases a 7" single in 1989 entitled "Bad Booze / Running in the Night" on the Hell Records label.

Info from Janne Starks Encyclopedia
It all started in 1982 by Thomas, Mats and druummer Magnus Olsson. Guitarist Thomas Lundgren joined. The band, named Metal Muthaz, was completed by singer Jeffrey Branscher. Drummer Olsson left and was replaced by Gustavsson. In 1984 Jeffrey left and singer Zenny Gramm (aka Hansson) replaced him. A demo made EMI interested, but Zenny sadly left the band and it fizzled out. They found singer Anders Strengberg and the name was changed to Sacrifice. Only one single (now a mega rarity) was released. In 1986 the name was changed to Crier and the vocals were handled by Rickard "Rille" Larsson later in Mercy, Supreme Majesty etc). The track "Fantasy World" was featured on the compilation 'The Metal Collection (1986)'. In 1989 Crier released the single 'Bad Booze' (which was first demoed by Metal Muthaz with Zenny on vocals), but folded in 199. In 2011 Mats and Thomas decided to resurrect Crier with original singer Björn and new members, drummer Jimmy Ek and guitarist Andreas Klügel. A new demo was recorded in 2012.

Official Bio (1985)
Sacrifice – 1985 Swedish metal veterans Sacrifice was formed in 1985. The band Metal Muthas had booked a weekend for recording a demo in the classic Hellrec Studio (Parasite, Faith etc). The band featured drummer Mikael Gustavsson, bass player Mats Svensson and guitarists Thomas Lundgren and Thomas Axelsson. The person responsible for recording and mixing the band was Anders Strengberg, who also produced and recorded bands like Sadwings, Parasite, Faith etc. When all the rhythm parts and solos were recorded, Anders asked the guys when the singer was coming in to lay down the vocals. They all looked down, and reluctantly Mats finally explained that the singer had just left the band. Since they didn’t want to cancel the studio time, they proceeded with the recording. They finally asked Anders if he would sing on the recording. He asked if they had written lyrics for the songs, which they had. He told them to give him half an hour to try out some vocal ideas. Then he nailed the vocals for the songs “Street Fighter” and “So You Better Run” and mixed the recording that afternoon. The following week, the boys get together and decide to release a single, under the new project name Sacrifice.

They enter the studio again, re-recorded “So You Better Run”, which was to be the A-side of the single. They also recorded the song Innocent Victim, which became the flipside. They however, luckily, change their minds and decided to scrap “So You Better Run” and use “Street Fighter” as the A-side. They use the demo version they had previously recorded 30 minutes after Anders introduction to the band. Sacrifice never did any live shows and the project folded after this. Mats, Mikael, Thomas and Thomas later continued and recorded a single under the name Crier, while Anders briefly joined the ranks of doomsters Mercy as guest singer and sound engineer. The single, pressed in only 500 copies and released on the Platina Records label, has since its humble release got a life of its own and become a high priced collectors’ item gaining prices of around 4-500€, becoming one of the most sought after and expensive singles. Since it was not only rare, but also highly praised for its quality it’s a true gem in collector circuits. “Street Fighter” is a piece of high class metal that fits perfectly in the top region of the era of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal… even though the band, of course, is from Sweden.

Official Bio (2015)
Sacrifice – 2015 In 2014 Mikael, Mats and Anders got together at Mike’s place and decided it was time to do a 30-year anniversary release. Since Thomas and Thomas lived far away from the others, they decide to go on without the two. The plan was, not only to re-release the original version of “Street Fighter”, but to also make a re-recording. What also helped stoke the fire was when Brazilian fighting game influenced heavy metal band MegaDriver recorded a cover of the song “Street Fighter”, re-naming it “Born To Be Master”. As B-side for the new single Sacrifice decided to record the track “So You Better Run”, the song that was scrapped in 1985. They initially talked about recording the exact same versions as the originals, but they changed the plan and went for a more modern and up-to-date vibe and sound. Anders contacted engineer and producer Johan Åberg, who was thrilled, since he had wanted to work with Anders for the past 20 years. So, Johan was engaged as co-producer, programmer and to handle the editing (since Anders is still living in the analogue recording world). The two got together a few times to listen in on the modern hard rock/metal sound and try to apply this to the new Sacrifice recording. Johan programmed demos in his studio and sent them to Anders who made some changes. They went back and forth until they were both happy. The duo presented the result for the rest of the band, who were all in on it.

During this time Anders had contemplated what guitarist to use on the recording. One day, the name Jonas Hansson popped up. Their paths had crossed a couple of times, and the first time was back in 1982 during the recording of the “Skånsk Rock 1” compilation, where Jonas was featured with his band Silver Mountain. They had then bumped into each other on several occasions and the last time was during the recording of the “Rock Of Sweden” compilation in 1988 (released on Jonas’ label Hex) where they both were featured in different bands. Jonas left Sweden and moved to Los Angeles, but since Anders had wanted to play together with Jonas ever since the “Skånsk Rock” experience, he made contact. Jonas remembered him and they immediately got along. Jonas had now moved back to Sweden, which made things easier. Anders sent the original songs and his and Johan’s the new versions. Jonas was in. First only as a guitarist, but after having heard the stuff he had done the past 20 years, Anders also wanted him in on the production as co-producer. Jonas also took over the orchestral and choir arrangements, plus Anders wanted him to also produce his vocals. It was also decided Jonas would mix the album, and finally Anders let go of the production altogether, in favour of Johan and Jonas, but still kept an eye on things as executive producer and also kept in touch with everybody involved in the Sacrifice 2014/15 Project.
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