Sabbat – History Of A Time To Come

Because you’re all completely invested in this ongoing story, you’ll all recall that Scott (our HMO, may he only ever use his powers for evil awesomeness) sent a parcel containing way, way more than I’d anticipated. Including two CDs of music he considers HMO Approved. The first, reviewed the other day, was the mighty Manowar record. Wow that was great. And the other one he sent is the subject of today’s review. Ready? Give ‘er!

Generally, when I do these reviews, I go through track by track and comment on each song. It’s cool, because it proves I am not lazy and am actually paying attention! And my original (scrawled in blood) notes on this record did just that. But going back through those notes I realize all I ultimately did was write the equivalent of “holy shit that song was AWESOME!!” for every song. 

Oh, I mentioned how some songs have an acoustic guitar intro before grabbing you by the throat and squeezing until you can fight no longer. Some have clever titles, like I For An Eye (all I could think, of course, was “Aye Aye!”) and The Church Bizarre, which is presumably a church bazaar that only sells really weird shit no one could ever want or need. I also enjoyed the title Horned Is The Hunter.” t’s just so… evocative. Presumably, it’s related to the album’s cover art?

Not that I could understand many of the words (I didn’t, sadly, have my good headphones on for this one), but there seems to be a fair amount of religious commentary going on here too. Fair enough. I’m sure the internets has the lyrics if you really want to go there. 

But what really, truly matters here is that this is pure, unadulterated, kicking and screaming thrash metal by way of NWOBHM mayhem that unquestionably, uncompromisingly kicks total ass. This record lays siege to castles, burns the villages, carries off the women and plunders the riches. And that’s all before the end of track three. The playing here is so solid, the songs smartly written, and everyone in this band pulls off performance after performance of a lifetime. I don’t know how that guy screamed like that for an entire record’s-worth of tracks. His vocal chords must be shredded. The only thing I could do without is the silly ‘spooky voice’ intro, but it doesn’t last long so just skip it, if needs be.

Now, this edition came with 5 bonus live versions of album tracks, recorded in East Berlin 1990-03-04 at the first-ever thrash metal festival in East Germany, according to the singer. The sound quality is fantastic, the pace is crushing and the tracks are all so worth it. Holy hell these were awesome. Imagine the mosh pits!

In sum? This record just pummels you relentlessly, and you’re happy to let it. It’s a great time. I LOVED it. 

Buy this. Buy it right fucking now. 


You also ABSOLUTELY MUST go read Scott’s far better-written and considered review of this record RIGHT HERE! Go! Go now! It’s right here! READ THIS! He says what I was thinking far better than I ever could. GO!


Posted on February 20, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I was pretty sure you’d like this one! It’s definitely HMO-Approved… in fact, it’s in the HMO Hall of Fame! I’ve loved this one since I was a teen, a great soundtrack for Fantasy RPGs! My booklet has lyrics, does yours not? I thought I had bought you the same edition. It’s definitely worth reading them, they are a lot more sophisticated than most Thrashers of the era.

    And if anyone out there wants to read more, my review is here.


    • Well look at that, it DOES have the lyrics! They’re a little blurry, or that could just be it’s so early in the morning. Funny, I never looked for them. I was too busy getting lost in the music of it.

      Thanks for including your review! I’m gonna go read that (again) myself. I know I would have, a while back.

      The HMO HOF sounds fun. Are you raising the price of admission to 3 drops of blood this year, over last year’s 2? Costs of maintenance, we understand. Whatever the case, it’s gotta suck way less than the Rock and Roll HOF for sure.

      This record was so awesome. THANKS!


      • No worries! Thanks for the link!

        The HOF admission is now just 2 drops and your unworthy soul for all eternity. Doesn’t seem too much to ask… but it has been pretty quiet lately.

        And it shits all over the R&R version. From a great height!


      • I’ll link to your mighty blog anytime, no worries there.

        Your admission requirements are entirely satisfactory. All of you unworthy souls get on down there!

        Haha great height. Love it.


  2. And hey, what’s Dreamweaver like, as good as this?


  3. It’s awesome too, I don’t think it’s quite as good as the debut but a lot of people prefer it. It’s a concept album about a Christian missionary being converted into paganism. The vocalist did start singing more gruffly on that one. History… is the only album where he screamed like that. He’s always had a great voice though, lots of personality. I’ll send you that album next time!


  4. And I skip the intro too! Actually I originally had this on a dubbed cassette and my brother listened to it in the bath and accidentally hit “record” instead of “play”. So my original copy had bath noise instead of the intro. Luckily he realised his error before the 1st song proper started.


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