The Oath – The Oath

It says a lot for The Oath that their music actually matches the images created by the album’s cover. I’ve seen this album described as occult rock, but that’s beginning to become a catch-all term, it’s meaning worn out by over-use. Rather, to my experienced ears this a great modern take on the new wave of British heavy metal. I can hear Tygers of Pan Tang, Witchfinder General, Venom, and of course, the mighty Angel Witch!

This is as it should be – all superb bands, just waiting for a modern reinterpretation. The band’s two main members, Johanna Sadonis on vocals and Linnea Olsson on guitars, both superb musicians, give The Oath a unique identity. Their song-writing is absolutely perfect. This is a band with a huge appreciation of all that has come before.

Sadly, The Oath broke up before their self-titled debut was released, but it remains a beautiful piece of metal art, and I can only hope that both ladies make more music in the future. Their talents are too good to be wasted.

(Rise Above Records)

Steve Earles

Steve Earles is author and co-author of numerous projects, including To End All Wars: The WWI Graphic Anthology, available summer 2014 (