A band, which should appeal to fans of BEYOND TWILIGHT as well as MASTERPLAN as well as RAINBOW, is SABBTAIL from Sweden. The band consists of well-known musicians. Namely it’s guitar player Fredrik Akesson (TALISMAN), singer Mats Leven (MALMSTEEN, KRUX) as well as the former NECRONOMICON guys Hakan Rangemo (drums), Jan Lund (bass) and Jan Bingegard (organ).
The epic material is based on some horror novels by Jan Bingegard, where SABBTAIL is the name of the main character. The 9 songs are musical short stories, too. They sound pretty gloomy and doomy, embraced by subtlest hammond sounds and the conjuring voice of Mats Leven. The result are outstanding compositions like the opener “Nightchurch” or “Contemplation”. Unfortunately, there are also two weaker songs, which are a downpoint due to their more modern direction. But the other songs are really great, but I’m sure that there is enough room for improvement left.
But it’s pretty impressive for a debut and it’s capable of development. I have the information that there also exists a CD called “Otherworlds” in Japan. But that’s actually only the demo. (Online February 16, 2004)