The Early 7 Inches
SABBAT 7" EP
(Evil Records 666-01, Japan 1985)
The Tracks :
Side A : Black Fire
Side B : Mion's Hill
This 7" is the first ever recording for the band and was distributed as a form of demo/promo but unfortunately, there were no reactions in the underground that recognizes the potential of SABBAT back then and no label was interest in them. Being an Asian band and coming from countryside in Japan, much difficulty they faced.
I believe that 'Mion's Hill' would have blown away those imbeciles who receive these 7" if not for their ignorant & prejudistic skull on their fuck heads. Anyway, this 7" is really rare and hard to find.
The cover of this release re-appears on the tribulational 10th anniversary 'Black Up You Soul' CD in 1994. Interestingly, the second CD for SABBAT"s 10th anniversary, 'For Satan & Sacrifice...' shows the reaper on this cover having already beheaded the Christian corpse.
'Mion's Hill' is a track, most played & requested on most of their shows...and it's also a hell track of mine. The band played at the ONE ONE-FEST band competition, or sort, during the year of this 7" release & won them top honors!
The version of Black Fire is sung totally in Japanese with certain parts in English. This song would later evolve into an English version and even an African one (on the African Harmageddon 1998).
The depressive & sombre intro section of Mions' Hill starts off from the left of the speakers before being unleash into a foray of headbanging eletrokutions and engulfing you into the gut of the song. The vocals by Gezol are very different from other versions of Mion's Hill...the song structure have stayed the same throughout these years, though. The song ends off by echoing into the void.... Simply brilliant songwriting.
Produced by Sabbat. Recorded & Mixed 1985. Line-up: Gezol (b/v), Ozny (g), Elizaveat (g), Valvin (d). Limited to 300 copies.
Valvin, who was involved with an electric drill murder, was out and Samm drums for the band instead later this year. Nothing was released the following year, in 1986, but they toured Tokyo playing 4 to 5 shows from summer to winter with the new drummer. However, Ozny(guitars) left the band abruptly while they're still on tour due to him bashing up a poser during one of the shows. Check out HMSS limited to 100 copies 'Live Revenge' LP recorded at ROCKMAYKAN, TOKYO 1986, released in October 2000, to listen to a bootleg at one of the venues during the tour.
BORN BY EVIL BLOOD 7"
(Evil Records 666-02, Japan 1987)
The tracks :
Side A : . Satanic Rites
. Curdle the Blood
Side B : . Poison Child
'Satanic Rites' is an instrumental track with a haunting HELLHAMMER feel to
it. But this track is much more uptempoed than the HELLHAMMER song of the same name.It is in the similar 'feel' but its not a chord ripping song of the morbid emperors.It's cool that the track continues into 'Curdle the Blood' without a pause. 'Curdle the Blood' is not a doom song, as to some, the title may suggest but a demonik tomb-blasting holokaust attack. 'Poison Child' is led by bass lines rumbling at the start & followed by heavy guitars. Another fast-paced steel slaughter song with ultra- scorching solos.
Produced by Sabbat. Recorded & Mixed at One One Studio June 1987. Line-up: Gezol (b/v), Elizaveat (g), and Samm (d). Limited to 1000 copies.
With Ozny(guitars) & Valvin(drums) out of the band, Elizaveat is left to do all guitarworks and the band became a triad. Gezol (bass/vokals), Elizaveat (guitars), and Samm (drums). The band decided to quit after a sudden occurrence during this year and a farewell gig was played on September 13,1987, Nagoya, Japan. The legendary show is eternally entombed in plastic when HMSS Records released a limited to 1000 copies official bootleg CD of this gig in 1999 called 'LIVE CURSE'.
DESECRATION 7" EP
(Evil Records 666-03, Japan 1988)
The tracks :
Side A : . Welcome to Sabbat
. Crest of Satan
Side B : . Children of Hell
. Darkness and Evil
Sabbat is quiet this year after a sudden turn of event. However, Gezol's feels that he's obligated to just releases 7" records, namely, 'Born by Evil Blood' 7" EP, 'Desecration' 7" EP, 'The Devil's Sperm is Cold' 7" and 'The Seven Deadly Sins' 7" EP. 'Welcome to Sabbat' is a rather brief instrumental track, with a grand self-declaration upon invading your speakers. 'Crest of Satan' strikes me pondering whether the title meant to be Satan with a crown or the horns on HIS head (?) I've yet to come to a conclusion....
Despite an indefinite title, this is an awesome track, which my lobes yearn to be plugged to from time to time.
'Children of Hell' introduces 'themselves' with heavy pounding ritual drums...breaking into a solo riff ripping grind fit & launched hard into your ears. Another neck breaker in true Sabbatikal style!!
Massacring thrash is the essence of 'Darkness & Evil'. This track just reminds me of Bathory 'The Return'...THE RETURN OF DARKNESS & EVIL!!!!! Bathory's song focuses more on the coming of unholiness.... SABBAT's song is bend on the presence of darkness and evil' .
Produced by Sabbat. Recorded at One One Studio October 1987 & Mixed at Gorilla Studio January 1988. Line-up: Gezol (b/v), Elizaveat (g), Samm (d). Limited to 500 copies.
THE DEVIL'S SPERM IS COLD 7" EP
(Evil Records 666-04, Japan 1989)
The Tracks :
Side A : . Hellfire
Side B : . Immortality of the Soul
A scary intro (in similar style to the intro of Destruction 'Sentence of Death' LP) sparks off 'Hellfire'. The version found here is the original one. This song was exhumed in 1994 & cremated onto the 'Black up your Soul' CD. The version on the CD only showed subtle variance, the song is pretty much similar. The song on the other side of this sawblade 'Immortality of the Soul' was not left in peace neither. Dugged out & re-animated upon 'For Satan and Sacrifice CD' in 1994.
Produced by Sabbat. Recorded at One One Studio & Mixed at Gorilla Studio 1989. Line-up: Gezol (b/v), Elizaveat (g), and Samm (d). Limited to 500 copies. This year marks SABBAT's return after being dormant for 2 years.
A reunion gig at HUCKFINN, NAGOYA 1989 was held and organized by a jap underground zine, SAMURAI zine and features a fresh line-up. Zorugelion was set to torment the skins in place of Samm, whom had moved to Tokyo at that time. Barraveat replaces Elizaveat on chainsaw, who was disinterested in music at that moment.
A new vokalist, Possessed Hammer, who was a die-hard Sabbatikal fan, was also inducted into the communion and performed that night with Gezol but it seems that the outcome of the show by them wasn't so headbangin and the reputable name of Sabbat have been then, somewhat, marred. (Do check out Sabbat 'Antarctic Harmageddon' 12" LP due to be unleash in April 2001, to hear a bootleg of this show on the 'LIVE SKY' side of the LP.)
After the show, the vokalist & the chainsawist got boot and Gezol decided to re-light the wiccan candle of SABBAT & continue where the band had left off.
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS 7"
(Evil Records 666-05, Japan 1990)
Other Side : . Possessed the Room (Kanashibari)
This Side : . Sacrifice of Angel
. Crying in Last
'Possessed the Room', another song with excellent guitar solos by Elizaveat, the first of the Kanashibari songs begins from this 7" sawblade. The songs, 'Sacrifice of Angel' & 'Crying in Last' on Side B were never to be re-visited or re-recorded and is eternally buried here on this vinyl grave.
Produced by Sabbat. Recorded at One One Studio & Mixed at Gorilla Studio 1990. Line-up: Gezol (b/v), Elizaveat (g), and Samm (d). Limited to 500 copies.
After the recording & release of the 'SABBATIKAL DEMON' demo 1990, Temis Osmond was recruited on guitars & 'Envenom' was also recorded this year. ENVENOM was recorded with twin guitars with some string burning assistance by Elizaveat. However, Elizaveat left SABBAT later...and these triad of metal warriors, Gezol, Zorugelion and Temis Osmond have stayed by the moniker, SABBAT ever since.