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26th March 2013

Sabbat with Andy Sneap on the far left and Martin Walkyier on the far right.

Martin Walkyier, frontman of Sabbat, Skyclad and The Clan Destined, has been known as an outspoken orator for some time. He is not a man to hold his tongue.

His disputes with Andy Sneap (former Sabbat guitarist and now successful producer of bands such as Megadeth, Machine Head and Killswitch Engage) were what initially caused the original Sabbat split in 1989.

Since then the two seemed to have resolved their differences, reforming Sabbat 2006-07 and going on to work on the Hell album together.

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Martin did not end up on the final Hell record. At the time it was stated that with Andy's guitars and Martin's vocals the album had started to sound like a Sabbat album rather than a Hell album. Martin's vocals were replaced by replaced by David Bowler, brother of Hell guitarist Kev Bowler.

Last week an argument broke out on the public pages of Facebook between Martin Walkyier and Andy Sneap. The row eventually drew in James Murphy (Death/Testament guitarist) who tried, along with several other people, to calm the situation down. The pages were later deleted but not before MetalTalk took snapshots for you all to see.

Here are some of the comments that were made publicly on Martin's Facebook wall. We've edited out much of what was said as at times things got a little too personal for all concerned.

The episode started when Martin put this as his wall post, totally out of the blue...

Another Facebook friend that we shall call B*** then fanned the flames by asking for a Sabbat reunion in a post we cannot print here. Andy Sneap responded to him with...

Walkyier took this as a direct dig at him and replied:

Martin's post continued with comments that we cannot publish here and ended with demanding a share of the band's backdrop. Andy politely came back with:

He added:

At this point other people were trying to cool the flames and commenting:


Then James Murphy (Death/Testament guitarist) stepped in. He knows Martin from having played guitar on The Clan Destined album 'In The Big Ending' and also knows Andy from his production work on Testament's 'The Gathering' album.

B*** agreed with James:

Martin also greeted James but then tried to turn him against Andy:

James responded with:

After a few more unprintable comments James pleaded with Martin:

Finally after several other posts Walkyier saw that the discussion was not going to end positively and signed off with:

The thread was then deleted.

Hopefully the lesson for all of us us to learn is never have a public dispute on social media and try not to post there after having a drink or two.

James Murphy is currently recording more albums from his home studio. He has already appeared on almost 50 albums including those by Death, Testament, Obituary, Steve Morse, Vicious Rumours and two of his own solo albums.

Andy Sneap is currently recording and producing more albums from his home studio, 'Backstage'. He has already recorded, mixed or appeared on over 100 albums including those by Sabbat, Megadeth, Machine Head, Opeth, Accept, Killswitch Engage and most recently with Saxon and Carcass.

Martin Walkyier recently played in Moscow and is currently preparing for a South American Tour performing a set of Skyclad songs while completing the long awaited second album from The Clan Destined. He is also planning to publish his autobiography, 'Something For The Weakened'. You heard it at MetalTalk first folks.

The last post on the thread was:

News of a Sabbat reunion is not thought to be on the cards.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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