Sabbat / Gorgon - _Rain of Terror_ / _A Fool in Love_
(View Beyond Records, 2003)
by: James Montague (4.5 out of 10 (8.5 for Sabbat and 0.5 for Gorgon))
Hard and fast riffs, superbly constructed guitar leads, great Engrish (sic) lyrics spat out in a growl and a warped, throaty singing voice, and terrific arrangement. Sabbat definitely came up trumps on this EP, showing that there is still plenty of quality to be found in their neverending barrage of seven-inch vinyl releases. _Rain of Terror_ is a perfect example of what the band dubs "blacking metal" -- classic '80s thrash sounds with just a touch of black metal modernism to keep it relevant to today's metal scene. It's not quite as old-school as their _Satanasword_ LP, probably more comparable to their early '90s material like _Envenom_.

Sadly, the rewards for those Sabbat collectors who seek out their little gem are somewhat undone by the blokes on the B-side. I hate to rubbish Gorgon because they have a wonderful, DIY attitude that does them proud, but boy are they ever terrible! Their music is very tame, sappy NWOBHM that is far too nice for the metal scene, but the vocals are what really takes this into the stratosphere of suckiness. I'm not sure how to define these -- off-key warbling, badly processed Britpop mumbling or dreadful Japanese karaoke would all be fitting descriptions -- but the important thing is that they are intolerable. Only "A Fool in Love" with NWOBHM could fail to recognise the complete lack of musical merit in this song.

Sabbat fans should still hunt this EP down, but don't get your hopes up for the Gorgon lads.


(article published 31/8/2003)

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