This section is the continuation of what we have started in the first issue. Since Sabbat is our favourite band, you will read about them in all our future issues. All reviews by Syukri.
The Sabbatical Rites (1985-1989)
I only got all the 4 early EP copied on tape and people still ask me whether
they can buy the original EPs. Some even want the EP sealed. Are they
kidding? If I have them, I will not ever sell it! So any re-release of the
EPs are more than welcome! If you haven't heard of SABBAT past releases,
this is your chance although I doubt that you can get it from the label
(sold out!) but try your luck! This LP version, some of the songs have
different mix, etc but it does not differ a lot from the original. The songs
from this EP later re-recorded or played live and released in their albums
or in the Harmageddon series.
This is the last album to-date release by SABBAT. Available in both CD and
vinyl versions. Satanasword is like the continuation of Karisma. It still
has the oriental, Japanese feeling in the songs, especially the first track,
which is my fave track. I am not sure whether the vinyl version have any
bonus songs but the CD has 1, a track called "Jealousy Carnage". It is a
instrumental track. The word 'Carnage'.. Do this have anything to do Ritual
Carnage? Maybe you guys know about the 'conflict' so I don't want to talk
about that here. This CD easily got 4.5/5. SABBAT song already grow in me.
Only the packaging of this CD I am not fond of.
The first tribute album for SABBAT! This LP gathered 8 bands, covers deadly
SABBAT tunes and added a bit of their own touch. The LP does not feature
some songs that I like i.e. "Satan Bless You", "Evil Nation", "Black Fire"
or any new songs but this LP is still a must in your SABBAT collection. Only
8 bands paying homage to this band is not enough I guess. It should be more.
The LP comes with an insert with the band's logo, picture’s plus some info
and all the lyrics. And about the bands, I can't say they cover the songs
well. The excellent one is DESASTER (with Gezol as guest vocal). The worse
must be NAHUAL and IMPERIAL. The rest are just okay. Only 500 copies are
made, mine #46.
There have been few split EP released after issue #1 but this is the only one I manage to get (more will follow soon!). This might be the historical release for L.O.D. because this is their debut release. For a start they manage to get 2 great Japanese bands in one single release. Black vinyl, nice layout and color gatefold cover (with lyrics and lots of pictures) and limited to 300 copies. TERROR SQUAD features 2 tracks, "Straight To Hell" (Japanese Version) and a Japanese titled track played live. If I am not mistaken, this song is also available in their debut CD but couldn't remember the title. On SABBAT side features also 2 tracks, Le Feu Noir" (French Version of "Black Fire" but this time Gezol sings!) and live version of "Darkness and Evil". No further comment needed. A must! But sadly this EP is SOLD OUT!