2001 RETURN TO THE SABBAT

last edited: 23/3/20

2001

MARTIN leaves SKYCLAD

MARTIN, FRAZER and SIMON JONES resurrect:

SABBAT

with guitarist PETE WADESON and JAY GRAHAM [SKYCLAD] on drums

name changed to:

RETURN TO THE SABBAT

MAR 25 – REHEARSAL NOTTINGHAM

MARTIN:
I am presently undergoing intensive rehearsals with a project we have respectfully named Return To The Sabbat (R2TS). Having been constantly asked over the years if I would ever consider ‘raising from the dead’ some of the material from the classic “History Of A Time To Come” and “Dreamweaver” albums; Myself, Simon Jones and Frazer Craske have collectively decided that the hour is finally auspicious for such an unholy alliance to take place.
Together with Skyclad percussionist Jay Graham, a man who shares our undying dream to become members of a totally dedicated musical outfit, we shall be appearing on the second-stage at Derby Assembly Rooms on May 28th in order to lead you on a nightmare journey down a moonlit memory-lane.

MARTIN :
Actually I am reforming the old band as a tribute to [Sabbat], I am actually intending for this band to be much better than the original band — hopefully. It’ll be interesting to see how it all works out. The name of the band is Return to the Sabbat. The reason I am doing this is because I feel that we weren’t able to do as much with the band back then because of the band members at the time. It was a bit of a personality clash back then and it didn’t work out. The band, which we plan to play a few shows with, will be comprised of myself, Frazer Craske (bass) and Simon Negus (drums). They both also played on the second Sabbat album (1989’s Dreamweaver) but not the third one. We had all left by then. [laughs] We’ll also have another guitar player (who will be in place of ex-guitarist and now producer Andy Sneap) to help mend it all.”
We are trying to make a record that’ll be a good one for all those that went out and bought the third Sabbat record (1991’s Mourning Has Broken) at that time and were disappointed. I think we just owe those fans something.

PETE leaves before first gig

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[More Blood For The Bloodgod – Underground Empire 9 Interview]

ROCK HARD INTERVIEW WITH MARTIN

MAY 28 – BLOODSTOCK – DERBY ASSEMBLY ROOMS – ENGLAND
[Return To The Sabbat Bloodstock setlist]
Intro
A Cautionary Tale
Hosanna In Excelsis
Behind the Crooked Cross
The Clerical Conspiracy
Advent Of Insanity
Do Dark Horses Dream Of Nightmares
The Best Of Enemies
I For An Eye
For Those Who Died
The Church Bizarre

[CD]

JUN 29 – BANG YOUR HEAD FESTIVAL – AFTERSHOW PARTY – BALINGEN – GERMANY

R2TS

19.08.2001. Just a small unconfirmed RUMOUR: Martin Walkyier (ex-SKYCLAD) and his new band RETURN TO THE SABBAT are in studio, recording the debut album. No release date, no working title. Rumours, what else could you expect?

OCT 6 – THE OLD VIC – NOTTINGHAM- ENGLAND
A Cautionary Tale
Hosanna In Excelsis
Behind the Crooked Cross
The Clerical Conspiracy
The Best Of Enemies
I For An Eye
For Those Who Died
The Church Bizarre

6/10/01 – Return To The Sabbat : Secret Gig CD-R

Four Hoarse-Men of the Acropolis Tour:

OCT 19? – WOODSTOCK CLUB – ATHENS – GREECE
[w. Primal Fear / Raging Storm]

OCT 20 – WOODSTOCK CLUB – ATHENS – GREECE
[w. Primal Fear / Raging Storm]

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[ date unknown] JAY leaves