Sabbat (JPN)
Karmagmassacre


4.0
excellent

Review

by 94_Hours USER (4 Reviews)
October 25th, 2005 | 12 replies | 4,069 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Sabbat - Karmagmassacre



Sabbat is a Japanese raw black metal band. They incorporate a sort of heavy metal sound into their music similar to that of Impaled Nazarene. This band would attract fans of such bands as Venom and Hellhammer. Their soudn of black metal isn't very grim or dark sounding compared to some of the black metal bands that have come out Scandinavia in the past 10-15 years, which makes them original IMO. They are a fairly-fast tempo throughout most of their trakcs and have many solos and intricate rifs.In total, (up to 2005) they have released 24 live albums, 34 Eps, and 13 full-lengths. In 1984, Gezol left the band for reasons unknown. The band continued to release previously unreleased music until Gezol finally decided to come back in 1990. From that point until now, they have been steadily releasing everything from split CDs to Live albums, and EPs to full-lengths. Which leads to me to my review of their album ‘Karmagmassacre.’


Gezol’s lead vocals are really enjoyable for the listener and sound different than most black metal vocalists. His growl/scream doesn’t seem to be as raw as other names in black metal. The lyrics are bad and cheesy, but who cares right? The singing blends well with the rest of the instruments and that’s all that matters.

The guitar work by Temis Osmond was surprisingly good on this record. Very original riffing and power chords on most of the tracks, minor use of pinch harmonics. Interesting breakdowns and most of times, shredding solos. ‘Possession Of The Reaper’ is my favourite song guitar wise.

Now for the drums and bass. I found drums to be disappointing for black metal. Not near enough blast beats or technicality, just really, really basic drums. The bass patterns basically just stick with the guitar riffs, but still good work on the base, not entirely basic anyway.

The production on this album is fairly sloppy. But I’ve DEFINITELY heard much worse. I find this album, if anything, to be just right with the rawness still there but still good enough quality to not get an ear full of feedback and instruments being totally drowned.

Overall, I am really happy with this album. If you have soulseek, you can get it off me, my name is NightOfEternalFlame. You won’t be disappointed with this good piece of musicianship by Sabbat.

Sabbat is:
Gezol - Vox, Bass
Temis Osmond - Guitars, Vox, Keyboards
Zorugelion - Drums, Vox

Pros:
Great, Intricate guitar riffs/solos
Perfect blend of rawness and sound quality of production

Cons:
Vox might not be what's expected in black metal
Drums are basic, and no blast beats


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pulseczar
October 25th 2005



2385 Comments


read the two reviews submitted before yours. Now read yours. You'll notice that this review is too short and not very detailed. You dont justify your 4 star rating at all, just "you wont be dissapointed"

Storm In A Teacup
October 25th 2005



12720 Comments


Tip: Describe what the band is like actually. Other than being a raw black metal band, I know nothing about this band. Please actually talk about the record itself and not just the instruments and production.

94_Hours
October 25th 2005



73 Comments


hmmmm....I suppose I talked too much about how the album sounded and not how the album sounded GOOD. I realize....thank you

Storm In A Teacup
October 25th 2005



12720 Comments


Also don't put the band lineup at the top of the review, the mods don't like it seeing how it makes the home page messy.

You can edit your review by going to User Cp, edit my reviews, then edit it.This Message Edited On 10.25.05

94_Hours
October 25th 2005



73 Comments


o alright. Also, I cant find the edit button button to add more to my review.

Storm In A Teacup
October 25th 2005



12720 Comments


I just told you.

Damrod
Moderator
October 26th 2005



1093 Comments


Whant to resubmit it or edit it? I could delete it for you if you want to start anew

pukemaster_3
October 26th 2005



2 Comments


fuck man

Storm In A Teacup
October 26th 2005



12720 Comments


You really need to edit it or one of the mods will just remove it.

Cravinov13
October 26th 2005



3854 Comments


wow... japanese black metal!? That's the first

Aakon_Keetreh
October 28th 2005



448 Comments


good review man...but im not sure if this cd is worth they buy

ASberg
March 12th 2008



2161 Comments


be-fuckin-ware, these guys sucks. Their lyrics are funny as shit though.



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