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Sabaothic Cherubim
Sabaothic Cherubim
We are Sabaothic Cherubim, a Death Metal/Grindcore band from Baltimore, MD. We have been around (off & on) for 19 yrs. For more info about us, please visit our website at www.sabaothiccherubim.com .
Tell me about your history? How did you get where you are now?
Originally formed in 1990 by Andrew Phillips, under the band name Cherubim. The band was born at a time when Death Metal, Grindcore and Black Metal were all still underground genres. Early influences came from Death, Vengeance Rising, Napalm Death, Possessed, Mortification, Morgoth and the list goes on. They recorded two compilations in Perry Hall, MD under the name Cherubim; one self-titled EP and one LP titled Decomposed Remains. Shortly after Decomposed Remains' release in October 1991; Andrew changed the name to Sabaothic Cherubim, and was joined by guitarist Shane Ball. The first release the band would record under the new name was an EP titled Covered In Blood, which was released in December 1991. The band's first release for 1992 was a LP titled The Gate Keeper; this was Sabaothic Cherubim's longest album, containing 18 songs. Shortly after the release of The Gate Keeper; Sabaothic Cherubim would release an EP titled Decapitation!. This release was recorded in Columbus, OH and would contain 3 studio tracks and 4 live tracks. There was also a live video shot at that time for an underground record company based out of Los Angeles, CA. The video was never released due to financial problems within the company, which sparked legal action between Sabaothic Cherubim and the record company; Sabaothic Cherubim won. Towards the end of 1992, they would release another EP titled Beltane Ritual; this album was recorded in Baltimore, MD. In June of 1993, Sabaothic Cherubim would record their final compilation before their splitting up; the EP was titled Decomposed Remains. Even though it had the same title as their 1991 release, this recording contained 2 newer songs: Blaspheme The Unholy & Immortal Reign. Between 1990 and 1993, the band would release a total of 7 albums (5 EP's and 2 LP's). In 1994, Andrew made the decision to leave the band due to personal reasons. Shane was given the rights to all the music and lyrics, and full permission to use the band's name; but for personal reasons decided to let the band die. In 2005, after much time away from the Death Metal/Grindcore scene, Andrew made the decision to resurrect the band. During the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006 he wrote new material, and by that summer, started recording Where The Blood Flows. This EP was the band's debut after a 12 year hibernation. This album would also include a revised logo; one with a neon green glow (the original was white with blood dripping from it). Later that year Andrew was rejoined by Shane, and the band began work on Beyond The Baphomet (their first full length LP since 1992). Beyond The Baphomet was completed in May 2007, and the band released a video for Decomposed Remains. The video was released one month before the release of the album. After the release of Beyond The Baphomet, Shane would make the decision to leave the band and pursue a different avenue outside the music industry. Shortly after Shane's departure in 2008, Andrew would meet Raymond Kratochvil; Raymond would come on board as the band's new guitarist. Following the addition of Raymond; Sabaothic Cherubim would also add their first permanent bassist, Alex Paul. Drummer Chris Donlon would remain on the lineup as the "in the studio" drummer (courtesy of Beta Monkey). Chris performed drums for all tracks on Beyond The Baphomet album. After Raymond and Alex joined the band, Sabaothic Cherubim filmed their second video. The video was for The Passing, the fourth track off the Beyond The Baphomet album. This would be the first appearance of Sabaothic Cherubim with Raymond and Alex as part of the band. In November 2008, Sabaothic Cherubim started working on their 3rd album since the band's resurrection. The album will be titled Liberation Of The Tsalmaveth Dwellers, and will contain 12 to 14 tracks. It is currently scheduled to be released middle of 2009, with a video preceeding its' release. The album cover artwork was painted by famed Death Metal/Horror artist Scot Piaskowski. Scot's work has been showcased in several Horror related art shows on the East Coast; one recent one was the Saints and Sinners show in Fell's Point, MD.
Have you performed live in front of an audience? Any special memories?
Not currently
Your musical influences
Mortification, Malevolent Creation, Vengeance Rising, Napalm Death, Death, Believer, Entombed, Becoming The Archetype, Bolt Thrower, Massacre, Mortal Treason, Immortal Souls, Obituary, Seventh Angel, Living Sacrifice, Morgoth, Royal Anguish, Benediction, Indwelling, Soul Embraced, Extol, Metanoia, Brutal Truth, Lament, Tortured Conscience, Sepultura, Soul of The Savior, Transfigural Form, Amorphis, Carcass, Deceased, Crimson Moonlight, Dismember, Morphia, Gorefest, Soulfly, Embodyment, Pestilence, Crimson Thorn, Sentenced, Goreguts...
What equipment do you use?
BC Rich, Jackson and First Act Custom guitars. Line6, Marshall and Ampeg amps.