SABER TIGER – BYSTANDER EFFECT (RE-RELEASE)

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/Label URL: Sliptrick Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://deadpulse.com/product/saber-tiger-bystander-effect-cd-pre-order/
Band Website: http://www.sabertiger.net/en/

BAND LINE-UP:

Takenori Shimoyama – Vocals
Akihito Kinoshita – Guitar
Yasuharu Tanaka – Guitar
Yasuhiro Mizuno – Drums
Hibiki – Bass

TRACKLISTING:

01. Dying Breed
02. Sin Eater
03. Act Of Heroism
04. Dreadout
05. One Last Time
06. Just-World Hypothesis
07. What I Used To Be
08. Shameless
09. An Endless End: Another Time
10. Devastation Trail
11. Afterglow
12. Ship Of Theseus
13. First Class Fool
14. Sin Eater (2013 Demo)
15. What I Used To Be (2013 Demo)

REVIEW:

Some reviews kinda write themselves, or don’t really need to be written at all. It’s Saber Tiger, so immediately you know it’s going to be of a certain quality and style, given that as an entity they’ve been around longer than I have (and I’m [almost] approaching middle age). This is a re-release, so if you already heard it a couple of years back then you’ll probably not need too much reviewing. Suffice to say, a number of the songs that were in Japanese have now been re-recorded in English, one re-recorded in general and a couple of new demos are added on.

It’s technical, precise, of the utmost recording quality and completely lacking in surprises. Shimoyama’s voice has aged more gracefully than most of my friend group and there’s absolutely no loss of energy on this recording. The inclusion of the three bonus tracks is a nice touch – ‘First Class Fool’ is a stonking classic metal track ticking every box it needs to for the genre.

All-in-all, if you’re a Saber Tiger fan then you’re clearly going to be over the moon and if you don’t know them then this a great place to start. If you don’t like them, I doubt anything in this is going to change your mind, but it’s a slightly odd position to be in. Saber Tiger’s a bit like salt and vinegar crisps: an institution in and of itself, perfect to have in a pub and popular for a very good reason. Grab a beer (Asahi, maybe?) and enjoy!

 

REVIEW BY BOB DAVIDSON
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