Title - 'The Best of Saber Tiger'
Artist - Saber Tiger
As I'm pretty sure most of you have not heard of Saber Tiger before, allow me to introduce them to you. Saber Tiger are a Japanese heavy metal band from Sapporo. It was founded in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita, who is also responsible for producing, engineering and composing most of the band's work, and the band have released ten (10) studio albums, four (4) compilation albums, a live album, two (2) EPs and one single! Not bad for a band you've never heard of, right?!
And so, with their last release, the highly-rated Messiah Complex (2012), seemingly becoming one of their best selling albums to date, the band thought it wise (or should that be the record label) to release a Best Of album in their honor.
Ergo, The Best of Saber Tiger is out now and boy, is it a doozy! This 35th Anniversary Edition from the band (which celebrates their founding) is simply chock full to the brim with 12 incredible, passionate, raw and loud and proud tracks that showcase the band at their most musically dangerous: with instruments and microphones!
Sure, Saber Tiger have been through a lot of band line-up changes (I mean, the poor sods have had 12 drummers alone since 1992!!), and sure the band have disbanded several times, but back in 2010, Saber Tiger announced the reunion with former members Takenori Shimoyama (vocals), Yasuharu "Machine" Tanaka (guitar) and Tomohiro Sampei (bass), and with Yasuhiro Mizuno as their new drummer.
Eventually Takanobu Kimoto (ex-Double Dealer and Concerto Moon) replaced Sampei on bass. They began working on a new album at a studio in their hometown of Sapporo, which turned out to be the much-touted Decisive (2011), and then after the success of that quickly brought out the aforementioned Messiah Complex (2012).
And so, with a BRAND NEW album of original material readied to hit the market next month (November) also, Bystander Effect, this quite brilliant 35th Anniversary Edition of The Best of Saber Tiger is sure to put just enough taste in your mouth to want to not only purchase the upcoming new album, but invest in their vast back catalog also.