METAL HAMMER ALBUM REVIEW: SABBATH ASSEMBLY

23 05 2014

Here’s a reprint of a review of the Sabbath Assembly album that ran in Metal Hammer.

 

SABBATH ASSEMBLY

QUATERNITY

SVART RECORDS

Album number three from Sabbath Assembly sees the Texan twosome once again explore the theology of the Process Church of the Final Judgment (a sect that worship both Christ and Satan), only this time around instead of adapting Processian hymns, they have added mostly original lyrics to the acoustic-based music. Comprising of six tracks, the self-declared sacred folk metal act’s opus can be a little hammy in places, especially for the unenlightened, but there’s much to your teeth into regardless. A heavy offering in terms of lyrical content, musically Quarternity is reminiscent of the softer parts of Jeff Wayne’s epic The War Of The Worlds soundtrack and only the doom-y electric guitar led I, Satan offers anything traditionally metallic despite the record featuring appearances from members of Sunn 0))) and Gorguts. The eerie, string-laden Jehovah On Death is a stand-out on the album, but 18minute long The Four Horsemen isn’t nearly as engaging as the band thinks it is and it’s a disjointed, at times boring track which lets proceedings down considerably. [6]

EDWIN McFEE