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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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