Endless Asphyxiating Gloom
Unspeakable Axe Records
The chaos that Canadian bands present so far, especially with the brutality of the war metal genre certainly leaves one with an impression of endless destruction for bands out of the region. Sabbatory instead potentially presents a rather different sound on their debut full length album, Endless Asphyxiating Gloom.
Kicking off the album with Being, Thy Eternal Perplexor, one is thrown into a myriad of thrashy, death metal riffs, and instantly one is reminded of the death/thrash style of Paul Speckmann’s projects, such as Master and Death Strike, not only with the furious picking of guitarists Marshal and Kier, but also with the latter’s vocal style that bears a rather striking similarity to Speckmann. But Sabbatory presents a more punkish sound over here, with the high energy that is on the record bringing to mind the crossover style of Birth A.D. or even Joel Grind’s various punk-influenced projects. This punk influence is especially obvious on the intro of Hypnotic Regression, with the nice buildup before allowing all hell to break loose. Marshal and Kier’s chaos and formless leads also bear resemblance to early thrash bands such as Slayer, helping to make Endless Asphyxiating Gloom an even more exciting, high-octane record.
As per the title of the album, not all is just speed on Endless Asphyxiating Gloom, as the slower moments on the album bring in the more gloomy side of Sabbatory‘s songwriting. While the speed may be shed at certain points throughout the album, Sabbatory ensures that the tension in the air remains high, resulting in a listening experience that is not unlike Asphyx‘s or Grave‘s slower and gloomier works, or even the crushing aural experience that Incantation usually presents.
While Endless Asphyxiating Gloom may be Sabbatory‘s debut album, the quality on the record manages to show what the band are truly capable of – good, old-school thrashy death metal.