Sabbat Prepare For First Ever U.S. Shows
UK thrash legends SABBAT are gearing up for their debut US gigs in April.
Formed in Nottingham, England in 1985, from the very beginning it was recognized that Sabbat had a special kind of talent. Disillusioned with the state of British heavy metal, which for several years had become increasingly more commercial and predictable, the band endeavoured from the outset to provide metal fans with music of the quality and originality that they personally would like to hear.
Too technical to be dubbed mere thrash, too thought provoking to be labeled black metal, Sabbat are their own masters. Their sound is built upon the blackened fury of early VENOM and the chaotic orchestration of MERCYFUL FATE, the razor riffing of classic METALLICA, EXODUS and SLAYER.
In May 1986 the quartet recorded their 'Fragments of a Faith Forgotten' demo. This demo was given excellent worldwide reviews and gained the attention of larger magazines which included a two-page colour feature in Kerrang! (issue 140).
A Radio One session, an invitation to record a flexi-disc for the fantasy gaming magazine White Dwarf, and extensive touring of the UK culminated in a recording contract with Noise International.
Sabbat unleashed their debut album History Of A Time To Come in early 1988 which was met with universal critical acclaim. No less than eighteen months later this was followed by the monumentous 'Dreamweaver', an ambitious project inter-twining the imaginative lyrical interpretation of the Brian Bates novel 'The Way of the Wyrd' and hailed to become the yardstick for an exciting new era of intelligent metal.
However, tensions within the band began to mount, due to musical differences, which ended with Walkyier leaving to form Skyclad in 1990 and Sneap going on to concentrate on production.
Having led the way for many to follow in their footsteps, Sabbat reformed for four shows across the UK in 2006 in support of their protégés Cradle of Filth and will now be playing select festivals throughout 2007.
Original bassist Frazer Craske recently decided not to continue with the reunion shows so the band has now drafted in ex-PRODIGY/ENGLISH DOGS guitar player Gizz Butt to add an extra depth to the already dense barrage of savage riffarama that the band became well known for in the late 80’s.
Sabbat's 2008 line-up:
Martin Walkyier – Vocals
Andy Sneap – Guitar
Simon Jones – Guitar
Gizz Butt – Bass
Simon Negus – Drums
Sabbat live dates:
13 - BB Kings - NY, NY
15 - The Pearl Room - Mokena Illinois
17 - Whiskey A Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
19 - Jaxxs Nightclub, W - Springfield, VA
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