1. Sabbat – History Of A Time To Come (1988)
There are too few superlatives to convey the true majesty of Britain’s finest ever thrash album.
Sabbat were one of the most unique bands in thrash history, regardless of origin, and although short-lived, their overall contribution to the scene remains unparalleled.
Propelled by the ingenious riffs of producer extraordinaire Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Teastament) and Martin Walkyier’s uniquely unfettered and untameable vocals, Sabbat’s philosophically pagan take on religion was groundbreakingly raw and real; an honest summation of the world and it’s failings.
The opening tracks, “A Cautionary Tale”, “Hosanna In Excelsis” & Behind The Crooked Cross” are exemplary, an unholy triumvarite of trailblazing thrash that perfectly encapsulated Sabbat’s religion-baiting sound. However, it was the intelligence on display that truly ranked them as one of the genre’s greats. Here was poetry set to furious thrash, the likes of which has never been seen again.
History Of A Time To Come is mandatory listening for every thrasher on the planet and has barely aged; its place in the thrash history books permanently set in stone!
Check out our ‘Under-Appreciated Classics of UK Thrash’ features for yet more examples of quality UK thrash:
6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of UK Thrash (Pt.1): feat. D.A.M, Hydra Vein, Pariah and more!
6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of UK Thrash (Pt.2): feat. Toranaga, Hellbastard, Deathwish and more!