1986 SABBAT

1986

‘This tape is dedicated to all who have died at the hands of the Christian church, by war and inquistion… they shall be avenged’

MAY – FRAGMENTS OF A FAITH FORGOTTEN DEMO IS RECORDED BY GLYNNE HAFFER

1986 Demo #2

“Fragments of a Faith Forgotten”. Did it really cost a tenner? “Yes, honestly! We did it with Glynn Hather on a four-track just to see what we sounded like and we thought afterwards ‘Hey, this is quite good, let’s use it!’ We just got lucky I suppose, HELL spent £100 on their demo which was awful.”

“We did it in two afternoons, just threw it down.”

The packaging for the tape is more elaborate than your run of the mill UK demo. “At the time we thought it was what everyone did! Since then everyone has been saying how good it was which surprises us. I don’t understand why other bands don’t do it. Surely it’s common sense?”

MARTIN:

That was the demo cassette that got us the deal with Noise Records. The demos were copied one at a time, my parents had a hi-fi with a twin cassette player on it, and each of the cassettes was hand-copied in real-time recording. If anybody’s got one of those, it was recorded on my parents’ hi-fi. They were recorded on computer tapes – before disc drives, the first computers had a cassette instead of a CD, and we recorded on those tapes, because we had no money, and we had to do it really cheap. (laughs)

JUN 24 – THE NARROWBOAT – NOTTINGHAM – ENGLAND

SEP 30 – MARDI GRAS – NOTTINGHAM – ENGLAND with Hydra Mk2

NOV/DEC – INTEREST FROM NOISE RECORDS

ANDY:

It was September 1986 and we sent demos to Music For Nations, Steamhammer, Roadrunner and Noise to start off with, just for the hell of it. We never heard from Roadrunner, but MFN wrote back and said ‘we think you’re crap’. The actual words from Mark Palmer were ‘The songs are one-dimensional and too long’ on a photocopied letter.

Is it correct that Music For Nations regarded your songs as too long?

ANDY:

“Well, what we got back off them was the standard photocopied rejection note, y’know ‘Dear Sir we are not interested in your demo’. It’s funny, I know several bands who have received exactly the same letter, I know DEUCE got one. MFN are signing a lot of American thrash bands purely, I think, because their view is anything American will sell. Why don’t they put some effort into a good British band?

DEC 20 – INTERVIEW FOR KERRANG!