Sabbat's debut album, "History of a Time to Come," emerged in 1988 after the British thrash metal band secured a contract with Germany's NOISE Records. Recorded promptly, the album showcases Sabbat's aggressive energy, intricate guitar work, and intellectual lyrics.
Sabbat's "History of a Time to Come" stands as a seminal work in the realm of British thrash metal, marking the debut and first full-length album of the band. Released under the NOISE Records label in Germany, this album has left an indelible mark on the metal landscape.
The genesis of "History of a Time to Come" can be traced back to Sabbat's early days, when the band was forging its identity in the vibrant crucible of the British thrash metal scene. Formed in 1985 in Nottingham, Sabbat swiftly gained recognition for their energetic and aggressive live performances. The band's lineup at the time included Martin Walkyier on vocals, Andy Sneap on guitar, Frazer Craske on bass, and Simon Negus on drums.
It was in 1987 that Sabbat secured a pivotal record deal with NOISE Records, a well-established label known for its association with numerous influential metal acts. The signing marked a significant milestone in Sabbat's journey, opening the door for the creation of their debut album. The recording sessions for "History of a Time to Come" took place shortly after the contract was inked, capturing the raw energy and intensity that defined Sabbat's sound.
The album, released in 1988, immediately garnered attention for its distinctive blend of thrash metal elements with intricate guitar work and thought-provoking lyrical content. Martin Walkyier's powerful and articulate vocals, combined with Andy Sneap's skillful guitar riffs, contributed to the album's dynamic and engaging sonic landscape.
"History of a Time to Come" consists of eight tracks that showcase Sabbat's musical prowess and lyrical depth. The album's themes delve into historical, mythological, and philosophical realms, with Walkyier's lyrical prowess adding a layer of intellectual depth to the aggressive musical backdrop.
Music Genre:British Thrash Metal , NWOBHM
Album Production Information:
This album was recorded at: Horus Sound Studio, Hannover, Germany, in September 1987
Horus Sound Studio is located in Hannover, Germany and has been the recording and sound mix studio for sound engineers like: Tommy Newton, Jan Nemec, Tommy Hansen. During the 1980s this studio has been used by bands like: Celtic Frost, Helloween, Rage, Sodom, Victory and many others
Roy "Macaroni" Rowland - Sound Engineer
Roy Rowland aka "Roy Macaroni" Rowland is a sound engineer, who during the 1980s engineered a dozen important heavy metal albums. Some of the bands he has worked for are: Kreator, Lääz Rockit, Onslaught, Rogue Male, Sabbat, Satan and Testament.
Steve Rispin - Sound Engineer Steve Rispin is a British Sound Engineer, during the 1980s he has produced records for bands like: Coroner, Sabbat, Satan and others.
John Blanche - Artwork
Record Label Information:NOISE International N 0098 / 08-4455 / LC 9066s
Media Format:12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
Year & Country:1988 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SABBAT History of a Time to Come
ANDY SNEAP is guitarist with Hydra (1984) and Sabbat from 1985 until 2010 with several interruptions. In his later caree he is music album producer.
MARTIN WALKYIER - Singer with Hydra, Sabbat and Skyclas. Timeline 1984-1985 Hydra 1985-2010 Sabbat 1990-2001 Skyclad
SIMON NEGUS a drummer from the UK, has played drums in the bands (in particular order: "Fallen Angel", "Striptease", "Hydra" , "Sabbat"
Complete Track-listing of the album "SABBAT History of a Time to Come"
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Sabbat is a heavy metal band that was formed in Nottingham, England, in 1985. The band has been considered one of the pioneers of black metal and thrash metal, and their music has influenced many other bands in the genre. Sabbat has released several albums over the years, and their unique sound and style have made them a favorite among metal fans.
The band was founded by vocalist Martin Walkyier and guitarist Andy Sneap, who met through a mutual friend. Walkyier had previously been a member of the band Pariah, while Sneap had been playing in a local thrash band called Hydra. They decided to form a new band that would combine the aggression and speed of thrash metal with the darkness and occult themes of black metal.
Sabbat's first album, "History of a Time to Come," was released in 1988. The album was well received by both fans and critics, and it established Sabbat as a major force in the metal scene. The album's title track is considered one of the band's signature songs, and it features a mix of fast and slow sections, along with Walkyier's powerful vocals.
Sabbat's second album, "Dreamweaver," was released in 1989. The album was even more ambitious than the first, featuring longer songs and more complex arrangements. The album's epic title track, which is over 23 minutes long, is considered one of the band's masterpieces. It features a mix of acoustic and electric sections, along with Walkyier's spoken word passages.
Sabbat continued to release albums throughout the 1990s, including "Mourning Has Broken" and "The Dwelling." The band's sound evolved over time, with the later albums featuring more of a power metal influence. However, the band never lost its dark and occult themes, and their music remained unique and powerful.
One of the reasons why Sabbat has been so influential in the metal scene is their willingness to experiment with different styles and sounds. The band has always been open to incorporating elements from other genres into their music, and they have collaborated with musicians from different backgrounds. For example, on their album "Karmagmassacre," the band worked with a choir and a string section to create a more orchestral sound.
Sabbat has also been known for their engaging and theatrical live shows. The band often wears elaborate costumes and uses props and pyrotechnics to create a visual spectacle. Walkyier is an engaging frontman, and he has a unique stage presence that has made him a favorite among metal fans.
Despite their success, Sabbat has always been a somewhat underground band. They have never achieved the same level of commercial success as some of their peers, and they have always remained true to their underground roots. However, this has only added to their mystique, and their fans have remained dedicated to the band over the years.
Noise International – N 0132-1 , 1989 , Germany
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ACCORD 100.801 , 1988 , France
This is the ACCORD Records release of Sabbat's debut full-length album.Show Details
NOISE International N 0098 , 1988 , Germany
Sabbat's debut album, "History of a Time to Come," emerged in 1988 after the British thrash metal band secured a contract with Germany's NOISE Records. Recorded promptly, the album showcases Sabbat's aggressive energy, intricate guitar work, and intellectual lyrics.Show Details