God is Reborn — Sabbath Assembly:<br/> ‘Ye Are Gods’ Review<br/> by August 20, 2012 0 comments

Labels The Anja Offensive (US) & Svart Records (EU)

How refreshing! It’s amazing to finally come across a group of musicians who so freely are able to express and conjoin 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.

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. Musically, I am reminded a bit of Crowley’s “The Great Beast Speaks”, and I can’t help but see a few parallels with some selections from The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud‘s A New Soldier Follows The Path of a New King, which subtly also explores sanctity and salvation in an esoteric manner.

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. Musically, I am reminded a bit of Crowley’s “The Great Beast Speaks”. Also, I can’t help but see a few parallels with some selections from The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud‘s A New Soldier Follows The Path of a New King which subtly also explores sanctity and salvation in an esoteric manner.

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.

Most importantly, though, I adore how this compilation nudges us to take a second look at “religion”; What is salvation? What is sanctity? What is sacred? What is god? What is love in its purest form? What roles do archetypal religious figures actually play? Oh, let the mysteries reign!!

Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘I say, “Ye are gods,
children of the Most High, all of you.’”
- John 10.34, Psalm 82.6

And the serpent said unto her, “Ye shall not surely die, for God knows that
in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as
gods, knowing good and evil.”
- Genesis 3.5

Tracklist:

1. Let Us All Give Praise and Validation
2. We Come From the One
3. Bless Our Lord and Master
4. We Give Our Lives
5. Exit
6. Christ, You Bring the End
7. And the Clarion Calls
8. In the Time of Abaddon II
9. Transcendence
10. The Love of the Gods