Saber Tiger was founded in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita and they have been illuminating the Japanese metal scene ever since. In recent years, they have been more prolific than ever, leading to the international release of Bystander Effect via Sliptrick Records in March, 2018. The album illustrates the broad appeal of Saber Tiger. The riffs are intricate, yet catchy. The songs are heavy, yet melodic. And the vocals of Takenori Shimoyama are raw, but extremely passionate. As a result, the groups heavy metal is classic and timeless while at the same time having the potential to appeal to both traditional metal-heads and fans of contemporary power metal. There are even some progressive influences in their music. The band may have been around for a long time but there is a freshness and commitment to the music that belies their many years and the band certainly sound nothing if not contemporary.
The release of Bystander Effect is not just a simple re-issue for the international market; four of the tracks, originally in Japanese, have been re-recorded with English lyrics, while the brand new acoustic instrumental Ship Of Theseusand a new recording of the Saber Tiger classic First Class Fool are exclusive to the Sliptrick Records release. Also, demo recordings of the spectacular tracks Sin Eater and What I Used To Be are included. There is no better way to get acquainted with Saber Tiger’s unique brand of heavy metal.
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)
Produced by Saber Tiger and co-produced by Fubito Endo.
Bystander Effect [Expanded Edition] | Released March 13th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Saber Tiger are:
Takenori Shimoyama – Vocal | Akihito Kinoshita – Guitar | Yasuharu Tanaka – Guitar | Yasuhiro Mizuno – Drums | Hibiki – Bass