"...“Dissolution” executes exactly what it wants - to be a hybrid that results in a total beatdown!"
"It's as if you're whole reality is being destroyed around you and you're trying to dodge the debris. Like I said before this is blackened grind done right."
EXTREME METAL MANIAC BLOG
"...Sophist offer a distinctly nastier, gnarlier take on Black Metal, one which draws almost as much influences from Grind and which features a distinctly ugly undercurrent of distorted, industrialized insanity."
NO CLEAN SINGING
"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."