Sabbath Assembly – “Hymn Of The Consecration”
You may have caught the Process Church Sabbath Assembly Ritual at Anthology with Genesis P-Orridge, Adam Parfrey, and Lydia Lunch, etc., a few months ago. If not, you can get caught up via Sabbath Assembly’s forthcoming Restored To One. The collection pays homage to and expands/reworks the apocalyptic purification hymns of the Process Church Of The Final Judgment cult. As the band puts it, “Restored To One is dedicated to the quest set forth by the Church to conquer fear with love, rePROCESSing their hymns for the current generation.” To better get what they’re referencing, you’d do well to read Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story Of The Process Church Of The Final Judgement, which was written by former members, but here’s a quick background blurb in the interim:
The Process Church was an intensely creative, apocalyptic shadow side to the flower-powered ’60s and New Age ’70s. The influential group opened Chapters in London, Europe and across the United States. Dressing in black cloaks and walking the streets with German Shepherds, they created their own intricately designed magazines, and promoted a controversial, quasi-Gnostic theology that reconciled Christ and Satan through deeper awareness and love. Funkadelic reproduced Process writings in two of its albums.
As far as the present: Sabbath Assembly is the brainchild of No-Neck Blues Band/Boadrum lifer Dave Nuss (here, XTIAN) and Jex Thoth (here, JEX), a singer with a real voice who records under her own name and in the past with James Jackson Toth in various Wooden Wand-related projects. The collection was produced by Randall Dunn, who’s worked with Sunn O))) and Wolves In The Throne Room and more recently, Six Organs Of Admittance. High On Fire regular/king of psychedelic album art Arik Roper did the cover. That laundry list should suggest a general sound, but its more impressively disarming when you just listen.