If you thought that religious music was all cringeworthy Christian pop, Kumbaya and beaming Bible-bashers, think again. Sabbath Assembly, musical interpreters of the Process Church Of The Final Judgment (a short-lived movement in the 60s, preaching the unity of Christ and Satan), have something altogether darker and more twisty in mind.
Sabbath Assembly: Quaternity
Deities, divinity and doom with US psych folk-rockers.
Working from classical acoustic foundations, Quaternity evocatively channels the four deities worshipped by ‘the Process’ — Christ, Jehovah, Lucifer and Satan — through gothically psychedelic tones. Revelation’s apocalyptic runners and riders also get involved in the hauntingly layered, 20-minute epic The Four Horsemen; Eastern notes, bursts of liturgical chants and ‘Process’ recitals are present enough to be haunting and original.
Shit gets heavier in I Satan — discordant psych-doom distortion with wide-eyed vocals from frontwoman Jamie Myers. Rich, organic strings in The Burning Cross Of Christ make for a dark folk vibe, while Jehovah On Death intrigues and unnerves.
Whether you find the beliefs revolutionary, dumb or bizarre, the authenticity here makes for a dynamic piece of musical culture.