Sabbath Assembly – Quaternity by Ben Spencer

Band Name:     Sabbath Assembly
Album Name: Quaternity
Rating: 3/5
Distributor/Label: Svart Records Release
Released: 2014
Buy Album: http://sabbathassembly.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: http://sabbathassembly.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/SabbathAssembly


Sabbath Assembly Quaternity coverBand Line up

Jamie Myers
Dave Nuss

Guest Members

Daron Beck
Kevin Hufnagel
Mat McNerney
Marja Konttinen
Jessika Kinney
Colin Marston

Track Listing

1. Let Us Who Mystically Represent….
2. The Burning Cross of Christ
3. Jehovah on Death
4. I, Satan
5. Lucifer
6. The Four Horsemen

Review:

Sabbath Assembly delve further into Theological subject Matter with their release of Quaternity as well as divulging themes of the Apocalypse from Revelations. Through their focus upon acoustic formatted songs with classical percussion’s, this collaborative piece of music features guest musicians such as Marja Konittinen from Hexvessel and Jessica Kinney from Wolves in The Throne Room.

Unfolding with female clean vocals, ‘Let Us Who Mystically Represent…’ plays out with a dense sounding atmosphere that pervades throughout. Full of tension and a bell chiming sound swaying back and forth, this introduction sets the tone in an alluring manner.

However, its not really until ‘Jehovah on Death’ where the record really gets going. The joint male and female vocals work harmoniously together as the acoustic sounding vibe plays out with a strong violin residing in the background.

‘I, Satan’ comes with a murkier backbone. The gritty sounding riffs crave their way through the opening few moments as the vocals elevate the track higher with the use of harmonica thrown into the mix. The juxtaposition of clean guitar melodies showcases a well measured balance as the track maintains a strong level of intensity.

Closing off with, ‘The Four Horsemen’ the spoken dialogue sets the tone as the operatic vocal style from the first track reprises, adding a cohesive feeling to the record. Some impressive lead guitar follows, with acoustic sounding guitar fortifying the track as the melodic passages wade on throughout the vocals. Around halfway the dreamlike delicacies are intercepted with a further spoken narrative that gives a strong sense of foreboding as the last half runs its dark lit course.

Whilst this record maintains a strong sense of identity, the record does appear to lose direction at certain points with a similar emphasis towards song structures remaining prevalent throughout. Although this may not be the type of music that will appeal to everyone, its redeeming qualities are ones that will no doubt appeal to fans of the more darker realms of music and it is one that is certainly crafted to a high order. Interesting stuff.

Review by Ben Spencer

 

 

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