Published Sep 09, 2015We don't get many rock stars who are actually occultists anymore; or, if they are, it is only in their personal lives, and plays a lesser part in the music they make. This is one of the things that make Sabbath Assembly so interesting — they used to be affiliated with an odd religious offshoot, known as The Process Church of the Final Judgement. Believers of this faith were affiliated with scientology, and were sometimes considered satanic, because of their belief that Jesus and Satan would share in the duties of judgement day. Now, the doomy rockers, who first formed to play hymns for the Process Church, have completely broken off from the faith to do their own thing, and the result is one of the most fun records of the year so far.
Sabbath Assembly is pure occult rock from start to finish, and has enough awesome '80s flavour to keep you headbanging and tapping your feet; the riffs get stuck in your head without coming off as too cheesy or overdone the way some "throwback" metal bands can sound. The execution is flawless, too. The female vocals are badass and witchy, and the riffs are catchy, classic metal goodness. "Burn Me, I Thirst for Fire" is one of the strongest, catchiest songs on the album, with some killer guitar work, and "Shadows of Emptiness" stands strong as a doom epic.
Sabbath Assembly's meet somewhere in the middle of psych, symphonic metal, doom and the occult, with a focus on melody and artistry. If this is any indication of what they can do without their religious affiliations, I sincerely hope they keep on making music as a religiously unaffiliated entity. (Svart)