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So, a shit ton of amazing new stuff hit the streets today. First I wanna shamelessly plug my new Walking Bombs collab with Gridfailure called Suicide By Citizenship on Nefarious Industries. A ton of amazing well known guests on this one from Tad Doyle to Globelamp to Laura Pleasants to BJ Allen and more who helped us craft this dystopian beast. Feeling blessed I had the outlet to vent some serious sorrow at the negative decline of this country under Trump on this album with some powerful creatives by my side. Lovers, dreamers and me, yo.

A few other things I am loving out today…run as fast as you can and snatch a copy of Life Metal by SUNN O))). The legends have outdone themselves again and remain one of the most important, mind opening bands on the planet. ‘Between Sleipnir’s Breaths’ is quite possibly their most epic number in ten years or so and includes excellent neighs as well. It’s devastatingly good to an intimidating degree. Love those dudes so much. Such an important band and capable of always growing. Also Tim from fucking Silkworm is on board this and Steve Albini was involved. Woof! That’s like the Avengers End Game of musical awesome. I am imagining Albini dressed as Captain America now though and can’t unsee it. Why am I so dumb?

In all seriousness though, these folks are true masters of their craft.

Songstress galore and extreme talent Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky from Cave In not only made one of the greatest Guns N Roses covers I have ever heard on their Droneflower collab , the second record out today that will be hard pressed to NOT be on my year end list, but they also manage to share a really beautiful creative chemistry that finds both of them seeming to relax enough to capture the real emotional scope of what these songs wanted to be. This is a high water mark for two artists who already are extremely accomplished and wonderful. “Buried In Love” is breathtaking.

“Beat Up” by mighty Helms Alee needs to be bludgeoning your ears today before night falls as well at some point. The band’s perhaps cleanest sounding recording, new album Noctiluca nonetheless captures some of their best organic adrenaline filled mastery of give, take and expectation yet.  Thrilling. And those drum sounds. Yes!

Lastly my fave of the bunch is the new Sabbath Assembly, A Letter Of Red. The eclectic occult minded collective continue to gaze through the veil and pull through incredible compositions through forays into the hidden corners of the psyche and spiritual realms. I am in awe of how album after album they manage to never let me down. “A Welcome Below” is my favorite track here, one of the most rewarding songs they have ever tracked. Yes, we all wonder when the demons will let us go but wrestling them amidst this kind of soundtrack is pretty damn comforting.

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Sabbath Assembly have a handful of upcoming East Coast shows

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 4:06 PM (PST)

 

There is no more Black Sabbath and there is no Abbath Assembly (a rejected name for the new Immortal?), but there is the one and only Sabbath Assembly! The stellar group, one of the best and most compelling in modern metal, have announced some East Coast looming dates. We are stoked!

 

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Band Spotlight: Sabbath Assembly

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 1:48 PM (PST)

Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band’s self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi).
We have been thrilled by the group’s endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.  One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one’s religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).

 

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From the get go I have adamantly often held that Sabbath Assembly is one of the most crucial projects in modern music. I could say underground, fringe or occult or metal, to be precise. That feels really almost insulting, though. Would you reign in Kylesa? Would you throw a cap on the cosmic bottle that is Blues Pills? Could you fit, say most absurdly, fucking Neurosis in a box? The massive wall of sound of universal themes in the West Coast legend’s sound is way too vast and powerful an EXPERIENCE to insult with consistently marginalizing tags/signifiers. Sabbath Assembly fall exactly into such a category, to ironically use categories. Whether composing at times frail, foreboding or forlorn adaptations on Process Church hymns to Christ and Lucifer or getting really heady with conceptual photos or videos, the band has evolved fluidly under the expanding consciousness of founder David Christian Nuss.

Whenever Sabbath Assembly has released something I can’t help but submit questions or give in to curiosity, eager to see where the lengthening strange trip is headed. As it turns out, right now the often “smart” Sabbath Assembly kind of just want to fucking rock. And that’s more than OK! “The Firey Angel Of Desire” is evidence alone they are on to something really exciting as they cross a new threshold. It almost sounds like Maiden playing Sabbath Assembly!

Results are in and the new Sabbath Assembly record is a fucking wallop, by far their heaviest brew yet. It proves they could tour with perhaps a much wider array of bands than previously people may have expected, though I hope they won’t ditch their more mercurial early Hymn based material while henceforth writing original rock music. You can hear two new tracks from the forthcoming self-titled “new birth” HERE.

Read our fresh interview with David and vocalist Jamie Myers BELOW.

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Sabbath Assembly release video for the striking “Lucifer”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM (PST)

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SABBATH ASSEMBLY is proud to present the latest video for the track “Lucifer” from their recently-released third album, Quaternity, out now on SVART RECORDS. Directed by Lara Miranda in Oakland, California, the video features the actors Nils Frykdahl (of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and Audra Wolfmann.

The “Lucifer” hymn was transmitted directly from a member of the ’70s spiritual-psycho religious cult The Process Church of the Final Judgment. This member, Anthony D’Andrea, demo’ed the hymn for the band via telephone from Boston, Massachussettes. A snippet of this recording can be heard at the top of the track, followed by a gorgeous interpretation sung by Daron Beck of Pinkish Black.

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Interview: Sabbath Assembly – Tomorrow’s Dream

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM (PST)

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Sabbath Assembly continue to amaze. Quaternity is the latest release from the mysterious group, a collection of hymns we recently rated a full 5 stars. Dave Nuss and Jamie Myers (with numerous cohorts) have outdone themselves and cemented the already glowing, if not so lengthy legacy of this fabulous band of free thinkers. Jehovah. Christ. Satan. Lucifer.Restored to one. All sides of the self examined and…processed. I’ve been watching The Living Matrix the last few days, so unified theories of the self are also quite appealing.

What is missing from the Christian concept of “trinity”? Carl Jung suggests that the fourth element is what many reject – the evil in our nature; or by another view, the feminine, which throughout Church history has been equated with evil and duly suppressed. To restore this element to the trinity creates Quaternity, which in William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell represents “the fourfold nature of man and his relationship to the divine.”

Click HERE for our interview with Dave Nuss on Quaternity and more.

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Sabbath Assembly unveil video for “I,Satan”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM (PST)

 

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Today, the ever-singular Sabbath Assembly premiere the video for “I, Satan” at heavily trafficked tastemakers Stereogum.com. The most monstrous track from their highly anticipated third album, Quaternity, set for international release on March 28th, the video for “I, Satan” was created entirely by the band, and the song features text from sacred Process Church of the Final Judgment scriptures, all written from the standpoint of the Lord of the Underworld.

The song delivers a brutal assault with lines such as “Burn the chaff of humanity, dance proud around the leaping flames,” and “Put aside your litanies, priest, Satan does not retreat.” Additional lyrical inspiration comes from “Inno A Satana” a classic poem used in Satanic liturgies since it was published in1865, written by Italian Nobel Prize Winner Giosue Carducci. The video for SABBATH ASSEMBLY’s “I, Satan” can be viewed exclusively HERE.
The chorus:
“Come as you are, unleash the beast.
Come forth in yourself, release the fiend.
Behold as rust erodes Michael’s sword,
The monarch of form – I, Satan.”
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Album Review: Sabbath Assembly – Quaternity

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 5:31 PM (PST)

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Sabbath Assembly, the devotional brainchild of percussionist Dave “Xtian” Nuss based on the teachings of the controversial Process Church of the Final Judgment, is back with their third release Quaternity. Perhaps a record titled Quaternity ought to have been their fourth (rumor has it from a little bird that there IS a record the band recorded before Restored To One that may see the light of day at some point). Regardless, this is a beautiful and powerful release for the group. This is sacred folk music/metal that unites concepts of light and shadow into a concise worldview with an emphasis on being a well rounded person. Every Sabbath Assembly release has been simply stunning, but the newest record shifts styles and focuses on more acoustic based yet heavily layered compositions than the sort of retro sound of the previous two records.  12 string, cello, viola, acoustic bass, orchestra bells, gong, wind chime, timpani, and haunting vocals all make appearances in standout single “Jehovah on Death”, for example. Some of it almost sounds like less-obtuse Death In June meets early Genesis meets, I dunno, Fairport Convention.

Some of the material reminds me of the more folksy side of vocalist Jamie Myers previous group Hammers of Misfortune, but that is far too simple and easy a comparison. Many layered vocals, sparse percussion at times near obsessive attention to detail make this an unforgettable experience.

“Whatever their need to be master of the game shall be chaff in the wind beside my Universe,” sings Myers. Her voice is so intoxicating you almost believe she did make the world, as this record certainly takes you out of the mundane and into realms of pure inspiration.

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