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. They were then billed as best new band of 1983 and appeared 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. Sacrilege were then asked to play on John Glovers Street-Tunes label which was to be a compilation album which was to feature Saxon, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Black Alice 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.
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. Guitarist Pekka Loikkenan put the solo’s to Bills new work. In 2007 the album Sacrilege was released. Sacrilege were back and sounding great. In 2011 Bill wrote The Album The Wraith based on the TV Series Stargate Atlantis. This album featured Neil Abnett on Lead. Neil was so impressed with all the Sacrilege music he persuaded Bill to play Live again.
Sacrilege made their return to the stage on 25th October 2012 with new band members. They have also kept their theatrical stage show that they we known for in the 80s. 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 friendship and both had the same vision to take Sacrilege forward. Now joined by Jeff Roland on Bass and Tony Vanner on Lead Guitar Sacrilege are back.
In 2015 German Label Pure Steel Records Signed Sacrilege for a two album deal it comprised of a compilation of their first 5 albums called Ashes to ashes plus a brand new album called six6six. The two albums have received much worldwide critical acclaim; this has enabled Sacrilege to play to the large audiences they once enjoyed in the 80s. They are currently playing in Europe with Onslaught.
In such a short space of time since the band’s comeback they have signed a record deal, accumulated fans worldwide. The Band have now racked up over 20,000 plays on their Reverbnation site in just a few years. With a new album coming out next year plus a live album Sacrilege are well and truly Back.
“Sacrilege were magnificent. They oozed everything a great rock band is about from their aura, stage set, music, and the way they delivered their songs.” – Dafty News
“Sacrilege were simply Magnificent.” – Mark Taylor of MetalTalk.net on the bands Mearfest performance
1983 Gates of Hell (Demo)
1983 Tvs Show (Video)
1983 Gates of Hell (Full Album)
2009 Sacrilege (Album)
2011 The Unknown Soldier (Album)
2011 The Wraith (Album)
2013 Sacrosanct (Album)
2015 Six6six (Album Pure Steel Records)
2015 Ashes to ashes (Compilation Pure steel Records)
2018 Court of the insane (Album To Be released)
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Latest album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpcqMLfI2rI