SABBAT - CHARISMA
PURE STEEL RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
band isn’t exactly my cup of tea… Although I’m into this musical business
since the end of the 70’s, early 80’s, and my personal musical interest is
varied from AOR to Black and Death Metal, it was really hard to take this
The band hails from Japan and is huge in the underground circuit.
Since the beginning in 1984, they recorded several albums throughout the
years and a huge amount of EP’s, singles and split albums with other bands.
Their 6th album Karisma was originally released in 1999, including
Japanese vocals. One year later, they released the album (named ‘Charisma’)
as a limited vinyl edition including English vocals.
Well, ten years later, Pure Steel Records decided to re-release the
English version with a lot of extra goodies for those that missed the original
vinyl collector’s item!
some, it will be just awesome and unbelievable. For others, including myself, it
will remain one huge question mark.
First of all, the sound of the recordings is not what we are used of
nowadays! This is still underground and perhaps, it was all meant to be this way.
Secondly, we get three extra songs on the Charisma re-release, which
brings the total playing time to 71 minutes. There is also a bonus disc included
with 11 bands to pay homage to the original Sabbat songs, and one track is a
re-recording of ‘Black Fire’, by the band Sabbat themselves. Die hard fans
will be elated and delighted, as there is so much material for a fair price,
others will reject this release as totally worthless.
must admit that the musical skills are livable, but once the vocals demand their
part of the song, I became really upset.
What the hell is going on with the hysterical shrieking of Masaki "Gezol"
This is abnormal, and it is touching me to the bone. I really tried to
listen to the whole double edition, but sometimes people are demanding too much
from each other. If you have a passion for the earlier Venom, Hellhammer and
Death SS songs, perhaps this could be something that you will like, but keep in
mind that the sound quality is much worse, and the musicianship and arrangements
of the songs are terrifying….
My rating: 35 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)
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