For the last 35 years, Saber Tiger has been building a strong fan base in their native Japan, improving upon their classic heavy metal sound and contemporary progressive touches with each step along the way. And this isn't just any anniversary: from now on, the rest of the world will fall prey to Saber Tiger.

Saber Tiger was founded in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita. It hasn't been an easy ride; numerous line-up influences and the band's relatively remote location on the northern island of Hokkaido may have slowed down the rise of Saber Tiger, but Kinoshita has soldiered on through good times and bad. Lately, the band is experiencing the most prolific years of their career. With singer Takenori Shimoyama, guitarist Yasuharu Tanaka - both of whom had extended stints with the band in the nineties - and drummer Yasuhiro Mizuno in their lineup, the band sounds more inspired than ever.

As proven on - so far - Japan-only releases 'Decisive' (2011), 'Messiah Complex' (2012) and 'Bystander Effect' (2015), the band takes full advantage of the musical expertise within the band. Kinoshita's intuitive guitar playing perfectly complements Tanaka's more technical style, Shimoyama's raw-edged clean vocals are passionate and powerful, while Mizuno can take the band through both technical passages and simpler grooves with incredible ease. The latest talent to join the ranks is Hibiki, one of Japan's most promising young bass players, who played on 'Bystander Effect' as well as all consecutive live shows. Past, present and future come together in Saber Tiger's music. The band honors the tradition of heavy metal, but is also clearly a band of its own time. Twin guitar melodies and inventive riffs should satisfy everyone's eighties metal euphoria, but the music also sounds fresh and vibrant. Their unpredictable songwriting will keep you hungry for more.

Another thing that has made Saber Tiger stand out in the Japanese metal scene is the quality of their English lyrics. These aren't just Japanese lyrics with the occasional internationally understood catchphrase; these songs have something to say and they do it in proper, well-pronounced English.

Saber Tiger had its first taste of the European audience when they played two intense concerts in the Netherlands in June 2016. Shortly after, the band signed with Into The LimeLight Records, finally giving them the chance to present their top quality material to a worldwide audience. That means the rest of the world can finally find out what Japanese metalheads have known for a long time: Saber Tiger might just be the best heavy metal band that Japan has to offer. And as proof that hard work and never giving up always pays off, 2017 will be the year that the world will finally know about Japan's best kept secret.

text: Kevin Pasman
https://kevymetal.wordpress.com

 

Release:

HALOS AND GLARE - THE COMPLETE BOXSET

The box will contain the classic original albums "DECISIVE" (2011), "MESSIAH COMPLEX" (2012) and "BYSTANDER EFFECT" (2015), as well as bonus disc "THE BEST OF THE REST AND THE RARE".

This box set comes with booklet, sticker and download voucher. Fans will be able to access special contents.

Disc 1: DECISIVE

01. 486-102
02. The Hammer
03. At The Front
04. Avenger
05. Virtual Unreality
06. Bionic
07. Defying Gravity
08. Painted Red
09. Cross Your Heart
10. Reminiscence
11. Angel Of Wrath

    

Disc 2: MESSIAH COMPLEX

01. Engrave
02. Messiah Complex
03. Violent Ignorance
04. Counterpart
05. The Activist's Creed
06. The Moment Of Our Lives
07. Reminiscence: Path Of Light
08. Push
09. Casualties
10. Endsville
11. Bad Visions
12. Hate Crime

Disc 3: BYSTANDER EFFECT

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

 

Bonus Disc: THE BEST OF THE REST & THE RARE

THE BEST OF THE REST
01. First Class Fool 
02. The Vague Blessings
03. No Fault/No Wrong
04. Light, Thunder, Light 
05. Black Fang

THE RARE
06. Angel Of Wrath (2010 Demo)
07. Defying Gravity (2010 Demo)
08. Bionic (2010 Demo) 
09. Hate Crime (Alternate Version)
10. The Activist's Creed (Alternate Version)
11. Sin Eater (2013 Demo)
12. What I Used To Be (2013 Demo)

 

Further all discs are available as seperate discs in our shop 

We also released a cross selection on a single CD
HALOS AND GLARE - HGHLIGHT EDITION
 

01. Angel Of Wrath
02. Hate Crime
03. Afterglow
04. The Vague Blessings 
05. Bionic
06. Sin Eater
07. First Class Fool 
08. Push
09. Devastation Trail
10. Messiah Complex
11. The Hammer

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