Black Grind Necrosis
Sophistry – noun – the use of clever but false arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.
There is no deceiving with Edmonton, Canada’s SOPHIST, however, the trio of Michael K. Sparks (bass/guitar), Davis R. Hay (programming/vocals), Helge Lipphardt (guitar) are straightforward in their approach to grinding black metal.
Conjured in June of 2019 by Hay and Sparks, SOPHIST dove straight into recording their debut EP “Betrothal To The Stone: Conception of Mephisto”. Immediately after release, they started production on a follow up record and recruited Lipphardt for additional guitars and writing input.
The trio keeps the writing process simple, with Hay defining the drums and song structure followed by Lipphardt and Sparks’ overlay of bass and guitar. It is then blended with vocals, synths, and a nod to 80s & 90s production. Lyrical subjects include alchemy, the occult, and nihilism. These elements transmute into fast, flavorful black grind.
In November 2019 they signed with Niflhel Records to release their upcoming album “Dissolution”. A digital single, "In Nihilum Redactus" was released on November 22. A second single, "It Will All Vanish In An Instant" arrived on January 3.
Dissolution was released on February 7th on CD, LP, and all digital platforms.
"...“Dissolution” executes exactly what it wants - to be a hybrid that results in a total beatdown!"
"It’s the musical equivalent of a circle pit, you can choose to stop and go stand at the side but that really won’t protect you from the spinning brutality within. It’s here that I wish to say that Sparks’ bass work is sublime, whilst not over complicated it is interesting to look out for and provides a notable counterbalance to the tidal wave of guitar."
ROCK OUT STAND OUT
"...another great sounding recording from Sophist and if you are a fan of black metal and grindcore, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Solve Et Coagula" "Unholy Dissolver" "Prima Clavis" and "Crowning Achievement". 8 out of 10."
"... hints of early Bathory and second-wave black metal underpinned by a sardonic vibe that speaks of punk as much as anything else."
ZERO TOLERANCE MAGAZINE
"Launched by hammering percussion and thick, roiling riffage that’s cold and cruel at first, the title track also introduces listeners to the deep undertones of the bass, which sound like rolling thunder, and to Hay’s vicious, scorching screams, his tirades sometimes layered for extra skin-shivering impact. The riffing changes, rising in delirium and falling into a dismal, pestilential sound; the drums erupt in blazing blast-fests; and feverish, freakish leads add to the music’s feeling of mayhem."
NO CLEAN SINGING
"If you enjoy exploring the darkest pits of extreme music and are addicted to the most visceral and unholy forms of Black Metal available out there, then Betrothal To The Stone: Conception of Mephisto will undoubtedly satisfy your cravings."
THE HEADBANGING MOOSE
"In a caustic mashing of grindcore and black metal, Sophist comes storming through the gates of the netherworld to grace us with a truly skin ripping and flesh tearing sound. Their upcoming offering Betrothal To The Stone features six unbridled and unhinged offerings of grinding blackened malevolence that is sure to twist your neck leaving your head screwed on backward. Nearly from the onset you come face to face with pure brute force savagery that is never to relent until the last gnarled note pierces through your ear drums. Ever ripping, buzzing and maiming, Sophist offer up a terrorizing wall of noise one track after the next that devastates and scorches earth."
"In my opinion Sophist are a very great sounding mixture of black metal and grindcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Betrothal To The Stone: Conception Of Mephisto" and "A Captive Of Saturn's Scythe". 8 out of 10."