SABBAT - Sabbatical Earlyearslaught


Format: BOX SET

Style: Black Metal

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SABBAT - Sabbatical Earlyearslaught


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The history of Sabbat is entirely unique within the underground metal scene. No other band rivals Sabbat in terms of longevity, consistency, and dedication. While the musical history of Sabbat's members extends back even further, the commonly accepted point of origin for the band was in 1984 when Gezol along with drummer Valvin and guitarists, Elizaveat and Ozny, having previously operated under the name Evil, changed their name to Sabbat. The next year the band recorded, produced, and released its first EP. Influenced by more sinister strains of underground heavy metal and decidedly evil and Satanic imagery, Sabbat endeavored to push metal to its logical extreme and, as a result, Sabbat is among those few bands that ushered in the first wave of Black Metal. Released in 1985, the self-titled 7" contained early versions of "Mion's Hill" and "Black Fire." As relevant today as when they were first released, these songs remain staples of the Sabbat catalog - a testament to the durability of Sabbat's sound through the decades. Although Sabbat continunally pushes the boundaries of their style (see, for instance, 1996's "The Dwelling" album, which consists of one 60 minute epic track), they also display a certain conservatism in their approach which has resulted in Sabbat's refusal to deviate from its established sound and aesthetic. Such conservatism is rooted in Gezol's and the other members' complete devotion to Metal as a genre of music and as a lifestyle. Their music emanates from this total passion for Metal. For the last 30 years, Sabbat has remained the most prolific and authentic Black Metal band in the world. In 2011, Sabbat released its ninth proper full-length entitled "Sabbatrinity," which fell perfectly in line with the other releases in the Sabbat catalog despite the recent addition of Damiazell on guitar following Temis Osmond's departure in 2005. Until that time, Sabbat had suffered no line-up changes since 1990. In fact, there have only been eight official members of Sabbat, an astonishing feat for such an active and long-lasting underground band. It goes without saying that Sabbat could have signed to a much bigger label and exploited their sound, which very likely would have garnered them greater monetary success and widespread popularity. One of the most important facets of Sabbat's identity, however, is the band's commitment to the underground. Throughout the years Sabbat has either self-released or turned to reputable underground labels (most often Germany's legendary Iron Pegasus label) for their more prominent works as well as allowing countless smaller labels the opportunity to release some of the hundreds of rehearsal or live recordings the band has made. Gezol continues to keep his day job, refusing to treat Sabbat as a job or career because, to do so, would violate the principles upon which the band is based. This incorruptibility ensures the continued quality and integrity of Sabbat's music. Refusing to compromise in this regard, Sabbat has truly earned its place in Black Metal history. In honor of Sabbat's 30 year anniversary, Nuclear War Now! Productions presents the most extensive collection to date of Sabbat's earliest material from the band's inception to the 1991 release of the debut full-length, "Envenom." For the last four years, NWN! has worked closely with Gezol and other Sabbat members to assemble the most thorough record of the band's development. All of Sabbat's five early EP's are included. Some of Sabbat's original "tape only" releases are also featured in this box including the "Bloody Countess" tape, which was released in the early 1990s, but features a selection of tracks recorded at SK Hall in the mid-1980s and the "Sabbatical Demon" demo released in 1990. In addition to these seminal recordings, this box includes the "Rough Mix Version" of the "Envenom" album that the band released on tape in the mid-1990s as well as some of the band's earliest rehearsal recordings. Accompanying the six LPs is a 140-page hardbound book featuring previously unseen photos, notes, and biographical material