Sault was a creation formed by Kamelot bassist Sean Tibbetts in 2014 for what had been intended as a solo album. The project soon morphed into Sault, a band that has created a truly unique style of music. The journey from conception to realization took a little longer…
After looking for the right guitarist for quite some time, Sean was introduced to fret wizard Curtis Jay by long-time friend, Bisquette Bewley, while at a tattoo parlor. Curtis was asked to record on a few tracks for the Sault demo. The two instantly knew there was something special in the music they had just created and were driven to start on a journey that would soon lead to a full length album.
Next was to find a singer that had a truly original quality in his voice and would fit the dark melodic melodies they were creating. Many talented singers were auditioned but none were quite what the two were looking for. After speaking with singer Kimberly Freeman of the band One-Eyed Doll, Sean was referred to her friend Riggs of Arcanium. Sean contacted Riggs and asked if he would be interested in working on the project. Riggs wrote and recorded on the demo tracks and soon after hearing his truly unique vocal style was asked to become a member of the band.
Sean, being a member of the Symphonic metal band Kamelot, asked his long-time friend and band mate, Casey Grillo, if he would be interested in recording the drum tracks on the Sault album. The two have held down the rhythm in Kamelot together for years and it was a natural fit. With Grillo on board, Sault was complete, but the rest is just beginning.
The band’s 12-song debut is recorded, and the Sault is in the process of mixing and mastering the album. The band’s sound is darkly melodic, aggressive, and dynamic, with Riggs adding emotive depth with his powerful vocal delivery. The quartet’s artwork was created by the masterful Gustavo Sazes who has done recent work on the latest Firewind, Amaranthe, and Arch Enemy albums.
Tibbetts recently updated Metalholic on the debut album, and the origins of the band’s name:
“The album will be titled Seeds of Power. At the moment it consists of 12 songs and 1 bonus track. We liked the name of the album so much we almost changed the name of the band to it, but thought Sault would be easier to remember–sticking in your head.
“The name Sault came about after I watched the movie Gangs of New York with my wife. Leonardo DiCaprio said, “Do they have the salt of the dead rabbits?’ Meaning, were they tough? The spelling of salt had to be changed to Sault after I found that the rap act Salt-n-Pepa owns the rights to it.”
As to the album’s release date and subsequent touring, Tibbetts added:
“We are shooting for an early summer release with a tour of Europe in the fall, followed by a U.S. tour late this year.”
Vocalist Riggs had this to say about his involvement in Sault:
“I think Sault has the potential to reach huge numbers of people and will relate to metal fans of all genres. The music is melodic, but still heavy. I can see us playing huge festivals and I expect it to blow up. I did have to try out for the band, obviously, but I was informed of the opportunity through my friend Kimberly Freeman of One-Eyed Doll. My band, Arcanium did the Destroy to Create tour with One-Eyed Doll in 2012. I became really good friends with Kimberly and Jason Sewell on that tour and we have always kept in touch. Kimberly hit me up at some point later and let me know that Sean Tibbetts of Kamelot was looking for a singer for a side project he was putting together. Amazingly enough, I had never heard of Kamelot, so I went and googled them. I was amazed that they were so popular, yet I had never heard of them. You can imagine how intimidating the thought of singing for Sean’s band was after hearing Thomas’ amazing voice. Arcanium was starting to do less and less at the time, and I decided to give the lead singer idea a shot. Sean sent me some songs in the email, I recorded some vocals over them and I ended up with the spot. I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
Get an advance taste of Sault with the track “Adonai” below: