New Music Monday: Sabbath Assembly

By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly

In the mood for something unabashedly bizarre and creepy? You’re in luck — PQ presents the ever-spooky Sabbath Assembly in today’s New Music Monday.

Since its inception in 2009, New York’s Sabbath Assembly has kept it culty. Founded by Dave Nuss and Jex Thoth (later replacing Thoth with Jamie Myers), the retro-psychedelic liturgical band takes its lyrical and thematic cues from The Process Church of the Final Judgement, a late-Sixties religious group which worshipped not only Jesus and Jehovah, but also Satan and Lucifer. In their theology, Processeans believed that by reconciling Jesus and Lucifer, Jehovah and Satan would also be reconciled and the existential conflict of good and evil would be remedied; in the interim, they ran around in dramatic robes selling extraordinarily well-designed magazines with articles written by the likes of Mick Jagger, Charles Manson, Marianne Faithful, and members of Parliament Funkadelic.

Sabbath Assembly’s new album Ye Are Gods incorporates the ritual text and structure of the Process Church’s highest and holiest mass, the “Sabbath Assembly” liturgy from which the band is named. Featuring appearances from Genesis P-Orridge, Eyvind Kang, Imaad Wasif, and original Process Church member Timothy Wylie, Ye Are Gods conjoins “esoteric ideas of occult philosophy, cosmological christ-hood, dichotomies of sin and sainthood, god and lucifer, light and dark; not enacting as enemies, but as parts of a whole that feed off of one another in order to fulfill unity.” Blog CVLT Nation further raves:

Filled with Processean liturgy and praise, Sabbath Assembly‘s Ye Are Gods stays true to 60′s-70′s psychedelic cult hymnals and takes you to a place of mysterious inner worship — this time in a very Crowley-esque manner. In contrast to Restored to One, Ye Are Gods evokes a much more authentic, yet more open and inner home for the idea of universality; of everything and nothing as holy, as sacred, as cosmological, and as pure… If you’re one who enjoys seemingly historical and ritualistic liturgy, Ye Are Gods is for you; processean or not – ultimately, it is all in personal interpretation and individual theology. With lyrics such as, ”What is the Law of the Universe?” “Where is Heaven? Where is Hell?”, perhaps that is the ultimate goal.

Check out the shiver-inducing videos for “The Unity” and “In the time of Abaddon II,” both from Ye are Gods, as well as “Glory to the Gods in the Highest” from their first album Restored to One. A nicely unsettling soundtrack to your upcoming Halloween party, isn’t it?