Legendary Japanese metal act Saber Tiger - founded in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita - signed on with Sliptrick Records for the international release of the expanded edition re-issue of the band's latest album "Bystander Effect" (2015/KJ Music) on March 1, 2018.
Saber Tiger has been illuminating the Japanese metal scene ever since its inception. In recent years, the band has 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 metalheads 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 the many years and the band certainly sounds 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, along with the brand new acoustic instrumental "Ship Of Theseus" and a new recording of the Saber Tiger classic "First Class Fool" are exclusive to the upcoming Sliptrick Records release. In addition, demo recordings of the spectacular tracks "Sin Eater" (see video above) and "What I Used To Be" are also included. There is no better way to get acquainted with Saber Tiger’s unique brand of heavy metal.
Saber Tiger formed in the same year as famous compatriots Loudness and Anthem. The band's remote location on the northern island of Hokkaido and numerous line-up changes endured in the early years has slowed down the band’s rise a bit, but Kinoshita’s “never say die” determination has resulted in a legacy of first class metal. Besides Kinoshita and Shimoyama, Saber Tiger now consist of guitarist Yasuharu Tanaka, drummer Yasuhiro Mizuno and young bass wizard Hibiki, the most recent addition to the band.
In June of 2016, the band played its first two shows on European soil, which finally opened the door to introduce Japan’s best kept metal secret to the rest of the world.