The Oath, “All Must Die”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 03.24.14 in Listen to This

“All Must Die,” the ominously-titled first song on the forthcoming debut from the Oath begins with a storm: the stars vanish from the night sky, thunder rolls in and vocalist Johanna Sadonis warns of sinister angels coming to collect the souls of the unholy. As opening gambits go, it’s a gutsy one, but the group has the muscle and malevolence to deliver it with gusto. The song is a terrific slab of greasy ’70s metal, Sadonis’s swooping voice the perfect complement to Linnea Olsson’s slashing riffs. By the time it slow-dives into the eerie bridge — with Sadonis crooning “Lucifer, rise,” over and over — a general feeling of dread has been expertly established.