Founder member Bill Beadle Lead Vocalist/Guitarist and band songwriter formed Sacrilege in 1982/83 with best friend Alex Cookson. After advertising in Melody Maker they were joined by Rick Burgess on Drums and Steve Barrs on Bass.
The Band Recorded 4 tracks for a Demo in 1983. Bill’s dad sent off the Demo without the band knowing and it was picked out off many thousand of tapes and Records as one 6 bands to be the best new band of 1983 and appear on Television on the 6 episode David Jensen show which on their week also featured The Stranglers and U2. From the TV appearance followed a UK tour of smaller venues finishing with a gig at London’s Marquee. The band were then asked to play on John Glovers independent compilation album which was to feature Saxon, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and a few more bands that were being Billed under the banner “New Wave Of British Heavy metal”. Unfortunately this got cancelled at the last moment when one of John Glovers other bands, Go West, got a Number one hit and all monies were put into promoting them and the album was sadly put on the back burner. The band were also in line to support Iron Maiden but the day before the band were to play in front of Neil Harris, the drummer split his hand open so bad he couldn’t play the gig. In 1983 Sacrilege Recorded the Gates Of Hell Album, which at the time was classed as a Demo. Sacrilege had a line up change Late in 1984 and were joined by Max Chan (Bass) and Steve On (Drums) In that year they made their second Demo.
Sacrilege ended when Bill stopped playing for about 25 years between 1987 and 2012 after getting disillusioned with a number of things and decided to raise a family.
In 2007 Bill decided to rerecord the old Sacrilege songs and write and record new material. After meeting guitarist Pekka Loikkenan online and living in Finland, Pekka put the solo’s to Bills new work. In 2009 the album Sacrilege was released. Sacrilege were back and sounding great. Due to the distance between Bill and Pekka Bill sort after a more local guitarist and Met Terry Steward. Terry and Pekka can be heard on the bands 3rd album The Unknown soldier which came out in 2011. Late 2011 Bill wrote The Album The Wraith which is based on the TV Series Stargate Atlantis, he also asked friend Neil Abnett to play on this album. Neil was so impressed with all the Sacrilege music he persuaded Bill to play Live again.
In The 80s Sacrilege always had a theatrical stage show no matter whether they were playing a pub, club or festival and fans loved it. You will be pleased to know that the band still put on the show they were renowned for. Sacrilege made their return to the stage on 25th October 2012 with new band members. In 2013 Sacrilege released Sacrosanct. After a few member changes trying to find the right combination, Bill met with Neil Turnbull who was in NWOBHM band Dervish in the 80s and struck up a great relationship and both had the same vision to take Sacrilege forward. A deal was signed with Pure Steel Records in 2014 and as a result of that came the albums “Ashes To Ashes” and “Six6Six”, the latter full of new material and including current Sacrilege bass player Jeff Rolland.
2019 has seen Sacrilege joined by Paul Macnamara (ex Salem) on lead guitar, completing what they feel is the best line up in their history. With the new album “The Court of The Insane” issued in August and coming under the management of Valeria Campagnale, coupled with more dates in the UK and mainland Europe, Sacrilege show no sign of slowing down. Indeed, the most significant part of the band’s history may be yet to come.1.Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Metal Times! You have a new album out, Tell us about it!
Yes our 7th studio album and it’s called The Court of The Insane. Like every band does the latest release they think it’s their best but I think the fans will let us know whether it is that good or not. This album has a flavour of all the previous Sacrilege albums but is still different, many people who have heard tracks from it love it so far so all good there. We have had comments that it still has a Black Sabbath/ Judas Priest feel to it but then they mention The Scorpions and Iron maiden so I guess having those names associated with it can’t be bad haha.
2.Where was it recorded? Is all the material new?
It was recorded at Ascape studios in Bromley just outside London and contains all new material
3.What is the biggest difference between your last release and the new one?
The last album six6six was very Doomy, a black Sabbath style album I think and was also a concept album telling of the fight between God and Lucifer whereas this album although still very heavy and sacrilegious has a more catchy feel to it, tracks like I can hear the silence and Ride free would never have fit on six6six but go well on this one.
4.Are you signed to a label? If so which one and how did they help or support the process?
We are signed to pure steel records, they released both six6six and the compilation album Ashes to ashes as well but we are only contracted per album. We did everything ourselves on the album, they just put it out there to the distribution companies magazines etc.
5.What has been going on with the band between albums? Did you tour?
The album has been ready for about three years but our Guitarist Tony Vanner retired from playing live music so we struggled to get the right guy in, In fact the album was taking so long to properly get the tracks down that we were wondering will it ever come out and eventually asked our friend Dave Lear who is the recording studios engineer and excellent guitarist if he would be interested in recording the lead parts for the album, he agreed we finally got it recorded and of course a month or so later we meet Paul Macnamara got on really well and it’s a shame he didn’t do the lead on the album as it’s certainly his style and he plays the songs so well.
6.Do you have any new members?
We are still the same line up of
Bill Beadle guitar/vocals/keyboards
Neil Turnbull Drums
Jeff Rolland Bass
And of course now we have Paul Macnamara on lead guitar
7.Who produced the new album and how did they effect the album?
Dave Lear produced the album and we recorded it all in one day apart from the Lead guitar because of the reasons I stated earlier. It was recorded like a like album rather than doing all the different parts separately and it’s given the album that power we love.
8.Some like to record naked or in the dark with candles, Did you have any strange studio practices?
When we recorded the album we treated it like a live gig because we all played at the same time on a large stage in a massive room which gives the album that atmosphere, it’s our preferred way of recording.
9.Of course tell us where to pick up your album and how to learn more about you.
You can get the album direct from us at our webpage where you can also find out where we are playing etc at
Www.Sacrilegerock.com or get the album from pure steel records, Amazon, eBay and most of the normal outlets. Our Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/Sacrilegerock we are on ReverbNation at www.ReverbNation.com/sacrilege or Soundcloud www.soundcloud.com/
10.What is your plans now that the new album is out?
Covid struck so we haven’t had chance to play it very much yet so a tour when bands are allowed to play again will be great, we also have the video of the title track Court of the insane which we shot at the castle Sannazzaro in Piedmont, in Italy and was produced by our manager Valeria Campagnale with renown Director Marco Parracchini out now as well and I’d like to thank Valeria, Marco and all his team for the wonderful job they did on the video and the friends we made out there in Milan including meeting up with Federica Tringali and Filippo Anfossi of Italian band Madhouse. We can’t wait to get playing again and thank you for this interview I hope to meet you at a show soon.