Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Häxan Sabaoth (Nebulous Occult Death Metal)


There were a few albums I was perusing for the second review of the week of our musick feature, and Unaussprechlichen Kulten was simply a requirement, likely to be a landmark title for 2024. If you’re not familiar with them, you’ve got a nuanced Cthulhu reference from Howard reused in German by Lovecraft? Even better the name is apparently incorrect German? Lol, these guys already have your attention, right? As another beast band from Chile, their latest full-length, Häxan Sabaoth, is a magical swell of occultish pseudo-Satanism leaps and bounds beyond most blackened death metal that will easily confuse even experienced listeners. I’ve heard the occult theme tossed around like so much dust in the wind, but finally, in this case, it’s from a funeral urn and sticks directly to the skin. This is no mere magic, it’s a curse, in the good sense.


I’m not sure what that metaphor meant either, but hey, this is what happens when you listen through Häxan Sabaoth. I was a fan of Unaussprechlichen Kulten before, passing on a previous full-length because I wasn’t a fan of the art, but they outdid themselves this time so I’m glad I waited to give them a positive chunk of my time. Their last one, though good, was also quite deep in tone, which overshadowed much of the riffs. This has all changed for a more delicate and nebulous sound, something that lends a special power to their style. Mixing occult atmosphere with unsettling blackened death, Häxan Sabaoth is supernaturally melodic. Add to this an absolutely amazing piece of art (a painting, mind you), by Rodrigo Pereira Salvatierra, and you get a complex and complete package that will render most bands obsolete.


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Written by Stanley, Devourer of Souls

Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Häxan Sabaoth
Iron Bonehead Productions

Cover Art: Rodrigo Pereira Salvatierra (Absolute Desert Art)
4.6 / 5