Sabbat (1983-present): a Black Metal band from Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
he cult Japanese death metal band Sabbat started in the early 1980s under the membership of Gezol (vocals/bass), Elizaveat (guitar), Ozny (guitar) and Valvin (drums). Sabbat (originally named Evil) would release a multitude of EPs and albums, mostly self-financed and almost all in very limited quantities. Their self-titled 7" and Born By Evil Blood were their first in 1987; another followed the EP the following year called Desecration under the membership of Gezol, Elizaveat and Samm (a.k.a. Gero; Gezol's brother) now on drums. The Devil´s Sperm Is Cold (1989) on 'Evil Records', Sabbatical Demon (1990) and The Seven Deadly Sins (1990) would be their last EP for a while with them now choosing to publish albums instead. The line-up now changed again to feature Gezol (bass), Barraveat (guitar), Possessed Hammer (vocals), Zorugelion (drums). The final line-up change thus far occurs in 1991 with Temis Osmond replacing Elizaveat.
Publishing albums seemed to be a heavy hobby for them for the discs came fast and furious with Bloody Countess (1991), Envenom (1991), Envenom - Rough Mix (1991), Evoke (1992), with the follow-upsDisembody(1993), Fetishism (1994) and Back Up Your Soul (1994).
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Sabbatical Devilucifer (1994) was their first EP in some time but the albums came fast and furious again with the live effort Live At Blokula (1995). Ozny returned for the ...For Satan And Sacrifice (1995) album, a platter displaying mid-paced death metal and mid-eighties pre-death metal style thrash metal with nods toward early Venom. This late in their career their music changed little and continued right along for Envenom (1995; re-release), Bloody Countess (1995; re-release) and The Dwelling (1996) "best of..." compilation and the live set Live 666 - Japanese Harmageddon (1996), East European Harmageddon (1997; limited to 300 hand-numbered copies on white vinyl), European Harmageddon (1997), Scandinavian Harmageddon (1997), African Harmageddon (1998), Envenom (1999; picture disc LP re-release), Evoke (>1999), Karisma (1999).
Most of their releases were nothing more than 7"'s but the "hits" kept on coming on joint ventures with record labels with Live Kindergarden (1999), Sabbatical Demonslaught (1999), Sabbatical Rites (1999), South American Harmageddon (1999), Charisma (2000), Live Devil (2000; live), Live Panica (2000; live; Blue vinyl, limited to 100 numbered copies. First 25 copies with full color cover and ticket replicas), Live Revenge (2000; live), Russian Harmageddon (2000), Sabbatical Magicrucifixion - Iberian Harmageddon (2000), Sabbatical Magicrypt - French Harmageddon (2000), Sabbatical Magicurse - Baltic Harmageddon (2000), Satanasword (2000), Dietsland Harmageddon - Sabbatical Magicrest (2001), Disembody (2001; also as picture LP. re-release 500 copies), Live Meltdown (2001; live), Live Nuts (2001; live), Minami-Kyushu Harmageddon - Sabbatical Magichaos (2001), Satanasword (2001; re-release), Split w. Gorgon (2001), Split w. Terror Squad (2001), Split w. Unholy Grave (2001), Brazilian Demonslaught (2002), Live Batan (2002; live), Elizaveatonslaught (2003), Gezonslaught (2003), Karmagmassacre (2003; Iron Pegasus/R.I.P. Records), Live Izumoden - Temisosmonslaught (2003; live), Naniwa Tepoddonslaught (2003), Valvinonslaught (2003), Zorugelionslaught (2003) arriving [Notes only on selected items but most 7" were of very limited quantity of between 80-300]. The albums, mostly live sets, would keep coming, including Asakusa Incident Part Two (2018).
Footnote: No relation to the English band of the same name.
Footnote: This band has had a ridiculous number of recordings over their life span, they seem to have recorded every single concert they ever performed! Diskery has tried to archive as many as we can, but we do not have a complete discography.
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Sabbat performing in Brooklyn, 2005
Photo by: David Tyler
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