1990 SABBAT

1990

METAL SHOCK EUROPA 63 FEB

1990nor

NEIL WATSON JOINS BAND

MAR 4EAST BERLIN – GERMANY

FILMED FOR VIDEO RELEASE
The Clerical Conspiracy
Hosanna In Excelsis
Do Dark Horses Dream Of Nightmares?
Behind The Crooked Cross
I For An Eye
The Best Of Enemies
For Those Who Died
A Cautionary Tale
The Church Bizarre

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[March 24 1990 – KERRANG! 282]

THE END OF THE BEGINNING VIDEO RELEASED

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FRAZER:
Andy started sending us some demos and stuff and he’d written some cracking tracks for it [the third album] – but everything was eight minutes long. Jack was long gone by then, and we’d carried on as a four-piece, and this unspoken divide had emerged in the band: me and Martin, and Andy and Simon. So basically Andy was writing the third album, and he was absolutely convinced of the direction, because he’d worked tirelessly developing the band musically. And me and Martin wre both like, ‘But we’ve done an epic concept album now… we need to go back to how we did the first one…’ And some of the songs Andy had written could easily have been split up to make two songs. But he wasn’t having any of it, so there was lots of heartache. Eventually Martin said he couldn’t be doing with it anymore, and I said, ‘If you leave, there’s no point in me staying, because I don’t want to be in Testament!’ Because that was the way it seemed to be going, and I didn’t want to be in a regular style thrash band, I wanted to be in Sabbat. So we both left.
It was heart and soul for me from when I left school, so when I left it was like, ‘That’s it!’ I had phone calls from Earache asking me to stand in for Cathedral on bass for a Japanese and American tour, but I turned that down; I just didn’t want to play in another band.

MARTIN leaves

I think Noise got a great shock when Sabbat split. The UK label boss was in Kenya at the time but apparently he could only react by repeating ‘Oh fucking hell, oh fucking hell…’
It was a shock to anyone outside the band but internally it had been staring us in the face for a long time, about a year in fact.

WALKYIER WALKS OUT OF SABBAT

Top UK Thrash quintet Sabbat have parted company with vocalist Martin Walkyier.

The problems leading to the split centre around the impending birth of Walkyier and girlfriend Lisa’s first child and the financial responsibilities parenthood will bring.

“It’s very, very sad but it had to happen,” a genuinely upset Walkyier told me the morning after the split. “I’ve been in Sabbat five years but now I have to find something that will bring in some money. It doesn’t seem fair to bring a baby into the world with nothing.”

“I saw this coming as soon as I heard about the baby,” guitarist Andy Sneap told Mayhem. “It’s really upsetting. It will be difficult but I’m sure we’ll carry on as a good working band.”

Despite being signed to Noise Records for five years, and healthy sales of their two first albums, the band (completed by founders Frazer Craske and Simon Negus, plus new guitarist Neil Watson) are still on the dole and have yet to see any royalties from their work.

The recording cost of last year’s ‘Dreamweaver’ (some £56.000) and a debt of £11.000 run up on the accompanying UK tour further compounded the problem.

Indeed, on the tour bus returning from Sabbat’s recent show in East Berlin, the problems bubbled dramatically to the surface when Sneap and Walkyier disagreed sharply about the direction of new material. Walkyier insisted that recording shorter, more accessible songs was the only way the band were going to see some money from their third album.

For the future, the band have a possible successor to Walkyier lined up (no names but if you re-read my album reviews of young UK Thrash bands you may have a clue). Most of the music for the new album is written and will be demoed from April 9 to 13. Walkyier will help with the lyrics.

As for Walkyier, once he has his financial affairs sorted out he plans to put another band together, although he stresses it won’t be Thrash.

FRAZER leaves

APR 9 – 13 Recording of

Mourning Instrumental Demo

METAL HAMMER 13/8/90

MARTIN forms SKYCLAD

1990 Sep – Giant’s Lore Interview with Martin

ANDY decides to continue SABBAT despite considering disbanding it at this point

RICHIE DESMOND joins as vocalist

WAYNE BANKS joins as bassist