Sabazius is an incarnation of various ideas which have manifested as bands over many years. We don’t mean this in a pretentious way, but more that the ideas have evolved with various people over the past decade or so.
First formulated in 1999 by our friend Tatu Pier (guitar/vox), who recruited Nev as drummer and Persis as bassist. Under the name of Delicious Monster the trio began playing Pier’s songs and played live in Brighton. The band recorded a demo, and the line up changed, with Nev going on to play guitar in Landmine Spring.
After various people leaving their mark upon the ideas, a line up became stable in 2000 under the name of Batholith, featuring Pier on guitar, Andy as Vocalist, Tim on drums, and Steve on bass. Two live gigs were played and a recording entitled ‘Under the Influence’ were produced before changes occurred again.
Many long and stoned jam sessions were produced over the next five years, Kaula Circle, featuring Pier, Tim and Steve, being the first to produce the long hypnotic mantra inspired riff sessions that led onward with the sound. In 2005 Coelacanth formed with Pier on guitar, Nev on drums, and Steve on bass. Coelacanth did one gig in Brighton, as Pier’s farewell to us all before he moved back to South Africa, and after that Nev and Steve began working together on the band that became Sabazius.
Between 2006 and 2009 we released two albums and a few EPs, continuing on and developing themes which were prevalent in earlier songs, but with a new slant. The mantric riffs of Coelacanth remained, the drum machine precision of Delicious Monster returned, and the ideas took form in the shape that they are now available. A very talented man, going by the name of Smudge, did some artwork for us, and we used his work during this whole period.
In 2009 we decided to take a short break for us both to work with Jon on his Funeral Hag project, as well as Nev finishing his degree. After the demise of Funeral Hag, Sabazius began writing and recording again in 2011, and in 2012 we released two ‘mini’ albums and a split EP. Coming around full circle, Pier is again involved with Sabazius, as he is now doing our artwork, marking a new point in our evolution as a band.
The end of 2012 saw us record an 11.5 hour long song for Earache Records, as well as having almost completed our third album and four EP tracks, all of which will be finished and released in 2013.