Häxan Sabaoth

Unaussprechlichen Kulten

In the annals of Black Metal, which I have explored thoroughly, the album just doesn’t stand out for me. Although the first few songs were interesting, the remainder of them took on a similar sound. The production is also very raw and amateur sounding, which I am guessing was on purpose. It wasn’t horrible, but also wasn’t that good.
February 28, 2024

"Unaussprechlichen Kulten" is the title of a fictional book by H.P. Lovecraft, mentioned in Robert E. Howard's short story "The Black Stone". Like the title of the book, the band's name is grammatically incorrect German. It should either be "Von unaussprechlichen Kulten" ("Of unspeakable/indescribable/unpronounceable cults") or "Unaussprechliche Kulte" ("[..] cults") and is meant to mean "Cult of the Unspeakable". The band name of the same moniker is a Death/Black Metal band hailing from Chile. “Haxan Saboth” is their newest album, and it has seven songs.

“Lamia Sucuba” is first. Out of the gates, it has a depressive Black Metal sound with a guttural vocalist that sound like the Dark Lord himself. The lead guitar work is excellent, as is the gritty bass work. “Cuatro Velas de Cebo Infantil” has a more chaotic sound, with deep gutturals and shrieking guitar work. The tones in this song are desperately dissonant at times, and strangely quasi-melodic at others. “Our Almighty Chthonic Lords” also begins with spoken word, something that the band uses sparingly throughout the album. The guitar tones are again dissonant, and the vocals filthy. The chaos eventually settles, as the song descends into a cavernous groove.

“Hexennippel” begins with clean solemn tones, as if you were being led down to into a dungeon, and you almost don’t want to look at what is down there. From there, dissonant tones take over, but the song doesn’t distinguish itself from some of the others. Dho Hna Formula” feels like a bomb went off in terms of an initially chaotic sound that eventually settles into more dissonance. One thing the album is good at is painting desperate and hopeless tones. “Back to the Mother Hydra and Father Design” begins with some variation, in the form of an organ, but quickly descends into madness from there.

“Die Teufelsbücher“ closes the album. It just really doesn’t stand out from other songs on the album. In the annals of Black Metal, which I have explored thoroughly, the album just doesn’t stand out for me. Although the first few songs were interesting, the remainder of them took on a similar sound. The production is also very raw and amateur sounding, which I am guessing was on purpose. It wasn’t horrible, but also wasn’t that good.

4 / 10

Nothing special

Songwritting

4

Musicianship

5

Memorability

3

Production

5
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"Häxan Sabaoth" Track-listing:

1. Lamia Sucuba

2. Cuatro Velas de Cebo Infantil

3. Our Almighty Chthonic Lords

4. Hexennippel

5. Dho Hna Formula

6. Back to the Mother Hydra and Father Dagon

7. Die Teufelsbücher

 

Unaussprechlichen Kulten Lineup:

Joseph Curwen – Vocals, Guitars

Butcher of Christ – Drums

Atomizer Pig – Bass

Herbert West – Guitars

 

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