Release length: 23:30
The recording starts off slow with choir chanting and distant gothic keyboard notes before heading into a short faster assault. The main verses have a strong drum presence with thick bass kicks that rumble out over the traditional Black Metal distortion and creepy riffs that try to be frostbitten, but due to the hazy pitch of the audio it doesn’t work out that way. The vocals add a good deal of intensity thanks to the multiple layers and styles behind the enthusiastic rasps. This does make the chaotic performance a bit too much, but nothing that ruins the entire thing. “Thy Swill Be Done” is tamer and consistent in comparison. The music is a little deeper, giving it a slight ominous presence that the layered vocals benefit from, though the bass still seems largely buried, really only showing up in spots with lower chords, as well as the conclusion.
The real quality cuts on this LP are definitely the last two. “Shadows Flee the Burning Sons of Light” takes that deeper sound and puts it to good use. The mid-tempo to slower performance has plenty of passages that will have your head bobbing along obediently to the catchy riffs and drum performances, such as nearly every verse and many of the bridges. Around the three minute mark there is a thinner area that will take you out of it momentarily, but the creepy conclusion and solid drum performance will pull you right back in. Finally there’s “Come to the Sabbat,” which seems to mix Black Metal with a hint of Occult Rock inspiration. This leads to a truly depressing atmosphere thanks to the less sharpened chords, but still has a bit of a commanding presence thanks to the high distortion on the vocals. The chorus, however, throws back to the days of early Venom with the ritualistic chanting of “come to the sabbat.”
While this isn’t the most impressive recording, it’s one fans of Teratism will enjoy, though not the best jumping on point for those unfamiliar with their work. La Bas does show a nice range from the band though, slicing at you with ferocious third generation blast beats at first, then mixing together some ritualistic rhythms and catchy second generation riffs. La Bs is far from a bad recording though, it just doesn’t have much in the line of memorable material other than “Come to the Sabbat.” “Shadows Flee the Burning Sons of Light,” as well as the solid performances that leads to some good material on “Gospel of the Heliophobe” and “Thy Swill Be Done,” does add more justification towards buying this while in stock, but if its sold out, it isn’t something worth killing yourself over to own.
01. Gospel of the Heliophobe – 6:08
02. Thy Swill Be Done – 5:42
03. Shadows Flee the Burning Sons of Light – 5:19
04. Come to the Sabbat – 6:21
|Initial Pressing Score: 6.5/10