SABBAT

Black Metal / Thrash Metal • Japan
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Sabbat are a very productive Japanese black metal act who have been active since 1983. The released a string of demos during the 80's. The frontman of the band, Gezol, and former drummer, Samm, are brothers.

The band played a farewell live show in September 1987 due to the death of a family member in Gezol and Samm's family, though the band continued to record music in the studio. Samm left the band in 1990 and was replaced by Zorugelion who has remained with the band to this day. Guitarist Temis Osmond also joined the band that year, and Gezol decided to start playing live again. The band's first official full-length album was released in 1991.

In 2005, after spending 14 years with the band and recording 8 full-length albums, Temis Osmond left the band. He was replaced by Damiazell in 2007, who has appeared in
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SABBAT Discography

SABBAT albums / top albums

SABBAT Envenom album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Envenom
Black Metal 1991
SABBAT Evoke album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Evoke
Black Metal 1992
SABBAT Disembody album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Disembody
Black Metal 1993
SABBAT Fetishism album cover 3.83 | 9 ratings
Fetishism
Black Metal 1994
SABBAT The Dwelling album cover 4.10 | 22 ratings
The Dwelling
Black Metal 1996
SABBAT Karisma album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Karisma
Black Metal 1999
SABBAT Satanasword album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Satanasword
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Karmagmassacre album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Karmagmassacre
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Sabbatrinity album cover 4.32 | 4 ratings
Sabbatrinity
Thrash Metal 2011

SABBAT EPs & splits

SABBAT Sabbat album cover 3.95 | 11 ratings
Sabbat
Thrash Metal 1985
SABBAT Born by Evil Blood album cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Born by Evil Blood
Black Metal 1987
SABBAT Desecration album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Desecration
Black Metal 1988
SABBAT The Devil's Sperm Is Cold album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
The Devil's Sperm Is Cold
Black Metal 1989
SABBAT The Seven Deadly Sins album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
The Seven Deadly Sins
Black Metal 1990
SABBAT Sabbatical Devilucifer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Devilucifer
Black Metal 1994
SABBAT Headbangers Against Disco vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Headbangers Against Disco vol. 1
Black Metal 1997
SABBAT Scandinavian Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Scandinavian Harmageddon
Black Metal 1997
SABBAT European Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
European Harmageddon
Black Metal 1997
SABBAT East European Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
East European Harmageddon
Black Metal 1998
SABBAT American Harmageddon album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
American Harmageddon
Black Metal 1998
SABBAT Asian Armageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Asian Armageddon
Black Metal 1998
SABBAT African Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
African Harmageddon
Black Metal 1998
SABBAT Sabbatical Demonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Demonslaught
Black Metal 1999
SABBAT South American Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
South American Harmageddon
Black Metal 1999
SABBAT Oceanic Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oceanic Harmageddon
Black Metal 1999
SABBAT Sabbatical Magicurse - Baltic Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Magicurse - Baltic Harmageddon
Black Metal 1999
SABBAT The Bulldozer Armageddon Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bulldozer Armageddon Vol. 1
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT The Return of Darkness & Hate album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Return of Darkness & Hate
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Sabbatical Magicrucifixion - Iberian Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Magicrucifixion - Iberian Harmageddon
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Live Panica album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Panica
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Sabbatical Magicrypt - French Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Magicrypt - French Harmageddon
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Gorgon/Sabbat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gorgon/Sabbat
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Minami-Kyushu Harmageddon - Sabbatical Magichaos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Minami-Kyushu Harmageddon - Sabbatical Magichaos
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Dietsland Harmageddon - Sabbatical Magicrest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dietsland Harmageddon - Sabbatical Magicrest
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Terror Squad/Sabbat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Terror Squad/Sabbat
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Unholy Grave/Sabbat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unholy Grave/Sabbat
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Sabbatical Splitombstone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Splitombstone
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Brazilian Demonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brazilian Demonslaught
Black Metal 2002
SABBAT Temisosmonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Temisosmonslaught
Black Metal 2002
SABBAT Kamikaze Splitting Roar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kamikaze Splitting Roar
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Zorugelionslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zorugelionslaught
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Gezonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gezonslaught
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Naniwa Tepoddonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Naniwa Tepoddonslaught
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Svart Eld album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Svart Eld
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Tribute to FETU album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribute to FETU
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Elizaveatonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Elizaveatonslaught
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Valvinonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Valvinonslaught
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Hamaguri Resurrection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hamaguri Resurrection
Black Metal 2004
SABBAT Temis Osmonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Temis Osmonslaught
Black Metal 2004
SABBAT Sabbat/Asbestos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbat/Asbestos
Black Metal 2005
SABBAT Live Undertakers (Gezol Version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Undertakers (Gezol Version)
Black Metal 2005
SABBAT Satanas Francisconslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Satanas Francisconslaught
Black Metal 2005
SABBAT Sabbat/Forever Winter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbat/Forever Winter
Black Metal 2005
SABBAT Sabbatical Desasterminator album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Desasterminator
Black Metal 2005
SABBAT Sabbatical Gorgonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Gorgonslaught
Black Metal 2005
SABBAT Sabbatical SiameseChristBeheading album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical SiameseChristBeheading
Black Metal 2006
SABBAT Bloodlust Regime 1942 – The Syonan – To Massacres album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bloodlust Regime 1942 – The Syonan – To Massacres
Black Metal 2006
SABBAT Sabbatical Goat Semen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Goat Semen
Black Metal 2006
SABBAT Hamaguri Hihoukan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hamaguri Hihoukan
Black Metal 2007
SABBAT Feel Finnish Fire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Feel Finnish Fire
Black Metal 2008
SABBAT Bolivian Demonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bolivian Demonslaught
Black Metal 2008
SABBAT Asian Tyrants / Evil Dream album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Asian Tyrants / Evil Dream
Black Metal 2008
SABBAT Sabbatical Milanonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Milanonslaught
Black Metal 2008
SABBAT Anniversarius album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anniversarius
Black Metal 2009
SABBAT Malaysian Demonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Malaysian Demonslaught
Black Metal 2010
SABBAT Evil Hellbangers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evil Hellbangers
Black Metal 2010
SABBAT Evil Hellbangers 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evil Hellbangers 2
Black Metal 2010
SABBAT Sabbatical Nunslaughter Goat Metal Assault album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Nunslaughter Goat Metal Assault
Black Metal 2011
SABBAT Darkness & Omeko album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Darkness & Omeko
Black Metal 2011
SABBAT Tiger City Shockwave / Blacking Metal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tiger City Shockwave / Blacking Metal
Black Metal 2012
SABBAT Sabbatical Bomber album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Bomber
Black Metal 2012
SABBAT Sabbatical Berlinealucifer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Berlinealucifer
Black Metal 2012
SABBAT Sabbatical Siamesevilucifer #1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Siamesevilucifer #1
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Sabbatical Boneslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Boneslaught
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Pictavian Demonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pictavian Demonslaught
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Sabbatical Agressor Bloodlust album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Agressor Bloodlust
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Swedish DemonSlaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Swedish DemonSlaught
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT A Sabbatical Zombie Invasion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Sabbatical Zombie Invasion
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Copula Necrotheologica: Sabbat Infernal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Copula Necrotheologica: Sabbat Infernal
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Sabbat / Moloch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbat / Moloch
Black Metal 2014
SABBAT Sabbatical Bestial Slaughter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Bestial Slaughter
Black Metal 2014
SABBAT Nefarious Ritual album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nefarious Ritual
Black Metal 2014
SABBAT Heretic / Sabbat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heretic / Sabbat
Black Metal 2014
SABBAT Japanguanos Chocha's Attack album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Japanguanos Chocha's Attack
Black Metal 2014
SABBAT The Mion's Hill 7 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Mion's Hill 7" EP
Black Metal 2014
SABBAT Unus Cantus Bestiae / Melody of the Uknown Insanity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unus Cantus Bestiae / Melody of the Uknown Insanity
Black Metal 2015

SABBAT live albums

SABBAT Live at Blokula album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Blokula
Black Metal 1995
SABBAT Live 666 - Japanese Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 666 - Japanese Harmageddon
Black Metal 1996
SABBAT VenoMetal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
VenoMetal
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Live Revenge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Revenge
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Antarctic Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Antarctic Harmageddon
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Russian Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Russian Harmageddon
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Fae East Sabbatical Live Attack!!! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fae East Sabbatical Live Attack!!!
Black Metal 2000
SABBAT Live Meltdown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Meltdown
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Live Nuts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Nuts
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Live Festa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Festa
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Live Torture - Unleashed in the West album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Torture - Unleashed in the West
Black Metal 2001
SABBAT Live Guanafight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Guanafight
Black Metal 2002
SABBAT Live Lovefire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Lovefire
Black Metal 2002
SABBAT Live Batan-Q - Disturbed By Guardians album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Batan-Q - Disturbed By Guardians
Black Metal 2002
SABBAT Live Hamagurism album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Hamagurism
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Sabbademonical Liveslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbademonical Liveslaught
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Brigitte Harmageddon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brigitte Harmageddon
Black Metal 2003
SABBAT Live Resurrection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Resurrection
Black Metal 2004
SABBAT Envenometal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Envenometal
Black Metal 2004
SABBAT Live Undertaker (Temis Osmond) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Undertaker (Temis Osmond)
Black Metal 2004
SABBAT Live Undertaker (Zorugelion Version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Undertaker (Zorugelion Version)
Black Metal 2004
SABBAT Live Sabbatical Hamaguri Queen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Sabbatical Hamaguri Queen
Black Metal 2005
SABBAT Brooklyn Blackfire album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brooklyn Blackfire
Black Metal 2005
SABBAT Geionslaught 1986 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Geionslaught 1986
Black Metal 2006
SABBAT Tribute to Temis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribute to Temis
Black Metal 2006
SABBAT Go Gezol Go! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Go Gezol Go!
Black Metal 2007
SABBAT Live in Singapore album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Singapore
Black Metal 2007
SABBAT Ishidamien Infects Inferno album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ishidamien Infects Inferno
Black Metal 2007
SABBAT Xenophobiac Xanthous Xenogenesis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Xenophobiac Xanthous Xenogenesis
Black Metal 2007
SABBAT Live in San Francisconslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in San Francisconslaught
Black Metal 2008
SABBAT Psychedelic Pounding Pain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Psychedelic Pounding Pain
Black Metal 2008
SABBAT Drunken Danes Disintegrated album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Drunken Danes Disintegrated
Black Metal 2008
SABBAT Live in ThailanDemonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in ThailanDemonslaught
Black Metal 2009
SABBAT Oriental Onslaught Overture album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oriental Onslaught Overture
Black Metal 2009
SABBAT Lahnsteinight Sabbattackkk! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lahnsteinight Sabbattackkk!
Black Metal 2011
SABBAT Rockstakk Fifth Anniversary Party album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rockstakk Fifth Anniversary Party
Black Metal 2011
SABBAT Darkness and Evil over Barcelona album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Darkness and Evil over Barcelona
Black Metal 2012
SABBAT The Satanic Farm 1992-97 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Satanic Farm 1992-97
Black Metal 2012
SABBAT Londonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Londonslaught
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Sabbat Nekromantik Sabbat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbat Nekromantik Sabbat
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Samurai Zombies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Samurai Zombies
Black Metal 2014
SABBAT Evil in Finlandslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evil in Finlandslaught
Black Metal 2014
SABBAT Kill Fuck Jesus Christ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kill Fuck Jesus Christ
Black Metal 2014

SABBAT demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SABBAT re-issues & compilations

SABBAT Black Up Your Soul album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Up Your Soul
Black Metal 1994
SABBAT For Satan and Sacrifice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Satan and Sacrifice
Black Metal 1995
SABBAT ... To Praise the Sabbatical Queen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
... To Praise the Sabbatical Queen
Black Metal 2004
SABBAT Sabbatical Holocaust album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Holocaust
Black Metal 2004
SABBAT Sabbatical 25 Years Kamikaze Demonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical 25 Years Kamikaze Demonslaught
Black Metal 2008
SABBAT Asian Demonslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Asian Demonslaught
Black Metal 2009
SABBAT Bloody Countess album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bloody Countess
Black Metal 2011
SABBAT Sabbatical Blasphemous Gospels album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Blasphemous Gospels
Black Metal 2012
SABBAT Der Nukleare November Pakt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Der Nukleare November Pakt
Black Metal 2012
SABBAT Sabbatical Colombianslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Colombianslaught
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Battles of Harmageddon Pt. I album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Battles of Harmageddon Pt. I
Black Metal 2013
SABBAT Sabbatical Earlyearslaught album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sabbatical Earlyearslaught
Black Metal 2014

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SABBAT movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Black Metal 2014

SABBAT Reviews

SABBAT The Dwelling

Album · 1996 · Black Metal
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Extreme metal can be accredited to early 80s bands like Venom, Hellhammer and early Bathory each of which showcased a mix of proto-thrash, proto-black and proto-death metal styles before all the respective subgenera would splinter off into various directions. Japan’s SABBAT (as opposed to the English band of the same name) formed all the way back in 1983 and was heavily inspired by these bands, especially Venom and while all those bands would evolve as the 80s ceded into the 90s, SABBAT sorta maintained that evil as fuck mix of 80s speed metal, proto-thrash and first wave black metal.

For that reason i’ve never been a huge fan of this SABBAT but there are exceptions and the album i return to the most is this exquisitely designed hour long single track titled "The Melody of the Death Mask" which not only features a brilliant display of an ever-changing musical callithump of various musical styles under the auspice of blackened thrash metal but also features one of my favorite album covers in all of the metal universe! The cover art does pretty much prognosticate what you should expect with THE DWELLING as well. While rooted in the same blackened thrash noise metal that SABBAT had latched onto since the beginning, THE DWELLING is a masterwork composition more in the vein of an epic classical opus from a time long ago.

While the 59:48 album is just shy of an hour’s playing time, it is amazing in how it crafts that much playing time off of a few simple melodies that are teased out into different directions with lengthy bursts of blackened thrash metal passages and cemented together with more tender transitions such as the acoustic classic guitar sequence that occurs about the half way mark. Another brilliant feature is the psycho piano parts towards the end and the coolest thing of all is that the whole shebang is played by the trio of Gezol (bass, vocals), Temis Osmond (guitars, vocals, keyboards) and Zorugelion (drums). The overall effect of these subtle changes that alternate with completely different stylistic approaches is very much in the vein of how Jethro Tull crafted an album’s worth of changes with a single theme on their masterpiece “Thick As A Brick.”

THE DWELLING begins with a catchy melodic hook that is nurtured for a while in a classic heavy metal approach fortified with thrash metal heft and then allowed it to shift gears a bit and slowly morph into a different series of riffing. The tempos change around with some crafty instrumental parts, tasty guitar solos and when the vocals do chime in they supposedly revolve around a concept but i’m honestly not sure what it is and can’t seem to find any info about it and in the long run doesn’t really matter since the music is completely enthralling and in a big way. For an hour’s worth of playing time for one sprawling track it would be very easy to lose track but somehow despite all odds SABBAT succeeds in keeping the album engaging.

My only minor gripe is that some sequences do play on a bit too long as the band milks certain ideas for this is actually not very common. The usual status quo is to embellish an idea and its possibilities and then shift on to something similar but different. For example after the first twenty minutes winds down, the music suddenly bursts into a new thrash metal sequence that continues on with different guitar solos, varying drumming patterns and tempo changes. Despite THE DWELLING bringing Edge of Sanity’s lauded “Crimson” to mind, this one is not particularly progressive at least in terms of crafty complexities and time signature changes but it is very artful in how it stitches together various compositions and fuses them into one monstrous musical adventure. By far my favorite SABBAT album and one that only gets better each time i give it a spin.

SABBAT Karisma

Album · 1999 · Black Metal
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With its six tracks tending towards respectable lengths, the Japanese Sabbat clearly hadn't lost their appetite for long-form songwriting since The Dwelling but didn't take it to such an extreme here, instead presenting a terser album of high-energy, thrashy, catchy as hell black metal. The production drags out the guitar front and centre, and Temis Osmond makes good use of the spotlight.

Where the line is drawn in Sabbat's discography between thrashy black metal and blackened thrash is a tricky one, but here I'd say that the uncompromisingly aggressive stance of the second wave black metal spearheaded by the Norwegian cabal (and, of course, Sabbat's fellow countrymen Sigh) it sits on the black metal side of the equation, particularly since Sabbat's well-honed love for Venom doesn't quite extend into the sort of carefree sloppiness of Venom's classic releases.

SABBAT Fetishism

Album · 1994 · Black Metal
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Whilst black metal had been developing by stops and starts in Europe, Sabbat had been plugging away in Japan at their own brand of thrashy black metal continuously since the mid-1980s, and their 1994 album Fetishism presents a fearsomely honed sound that has any of the then-current second wave Norwegian black metal groups licked in terms of sheer aggression.

Although they gave the name to the subgenre, Venom's early stuff tends not to be regarded as black metal these days - it's mostly rough and ready speed metal with NWOBHM influences and lo-fi sound quality. If, however, Venom had actually continued in a more truly black metal direction - or, for that matter, if Mayhem had kept to the sound of the Deathcrush demo - then by 1994 they might have evolved into something that sounds a little bit like this album.

SABBAT Envenom

Album · 1991 · Black Metal
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"Envenom" is the debut full-length studio album by Japanese black/thrash metal act Sabbat. The album was released through Evil Records in March 1991. The original pressing was only for 500 CD copies (and some cassette tape copies), but the album has subsequently been reissued several times by different labels on both CD, vinyl and cassette tape.

The music on "Envenom" is old school raw thrash metal with a blackened edge. The latter style is mostly heard in the raspy raw vocals, because the rest of the music is thrash metal to the bone. There is the occasional use of more melodic higher pitched raw vocals, but the black metal rasp is the dominant vocal style on the album. It´s artists like Bathory and Hellhammer that come to mind, so it´s safe to say Sabbat aren´t out to invent the wheel on this release. What they do deliver is a very effective, raw, and well played thrash metal attack (with the occasional nod towards speed metal) with occult/satanic lyrics, which is abundantly clear from songtitles like "Satan Bless You", "Devil Worship", and "King of Hell". The tracks are simple, but catchy and memorable. It´s hard not to bang your head while screaming along to one of the anthemic choruses. Yes it´s that infectious...

The musicianship is generally strong but I´d like to mention the many well played guitar solos as one of the assets to the band´s sound. The raw organic sound production is another great asset which provide exactly the right environment for the music to shine. The 12 tracks, 50:34 minutes long album might be a couple of tracks too long for it´s own good, but other than that it is a very strong debut release by Sabbat and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

SABBAT Sabbatrinity

Album · 2011 · Thrash Metal
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On Sabbatrinity, Sabbat put out 10 stripped down and dirty songs which underscore their position as Japan's answer to early Venom. Don't expect anything wildly complex this time around, but if you are into pre-Norwegian black metal with a dirty thrash sound to it then you are going to be well-served here. The decent production standards, rather than excessively cleaning up and polishing Sabbat's sound, showcase just how grimy and sordid it is. Raw, primitive, and delving deep into the bloody roots of the subgenre, Sabbatrinity doesn't reinvent black metal so much as it unabashedly celebrates it, and if you're in the mood for an album which recaptures the spirit of the first wave of black metal it works a treat.

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