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Really Fucking Excellent - 89%

JohnEvans3605, May 2nd, 2005

Excellence, True excellence.

Sabbat’s classic: “History of a Time To Come” was their first release, and in this reviewers opinion, their greatest. Coming straight out of jolly old England, Sabbat were one of the most unique bands of their time, combining neckwhipping riffs and blazing solos with a cockney charm that only singer Martin Walkyier could provide: a strong, opinionated, rapid fire vocal assault, spewing thought provoking lyrics that makes the listener scratch their head while between periods of banging it. In addition to Walkyier’s vocal tyranny, we have an excellent guitar player in Andy Sneap. Sneap, now predominantly known as a producer, showcases his skills quite excellently on this release, while not hogging the spotlight away from the rest of the band. However, do not assume Sneap is a slouch. Many of the riffs on this album are LETHAL. Take the tracks “A Cautionary Tale” and “Horned is the Hunter” and just listen to the riff madness. Riffs and Time Changes galore!!! Frazer Caske’s bass is also noticeable, as opposed to thrash bands like Slayer, Sepultura and Exodus in which it is quite hard to hear. Simon Negus’s drums are quite competent, yet nothing extra-ordinary.

Highlights: Pretty much all the songs. Everyone seems to adore “Behind the Crooked Cross”, but I’m not too crazy about it compared to the others on the disc.

BELL, BOOK, CANDLE, CANDLE, BOOK, BELL,
FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS TO DAMN ME TO HELL