Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sumac "The Deal"

Country: USA/Canada
Genre(s)Post Metal
LabelProfound Lore Records
FormatCD, digital
Release dateFebruary 17, 2015
1. Spectral Gold (3:18)
2. Thorn In The Lion's Paw (8:54)
3. Hollow King (12:21)
4. Blight's End Angel (10:16)
5. The Deal (13:41)
6. The Radiance Of Being (5:15)

Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer) - guitars, vocals
Nick Yacyshyn (Baptist) - drums
Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch, These Arms Are Snakes) - bass

Sonically, The Deal isn't a far cry from the explorations in heft and ambience that Old Man Gloom have recorded during their irregular bursts of creativity. There's also aspects of the industrial metal sturm und drang Isis adopted from Godflesh for 2000's Celestial, as well as the rhythmic battery of noise-rock bolstered by Yacyshyn's fill-frenzy drumming. Plus, the expressive, crushing bass playing we've come to expect from Cook's past creative endeavours – particularly his approach to adding depth and extra percussive pulse to Russian Circles' music – is in full force. But instead of sounding like a cluttered mélange of those individual styles and influences, The Deal displays a unified stance – maybe a result of Turner's unyielding vision for his new band (to write the heaviest music he has ever created) and his years of experience in conveying his ideas into all-encompassing art.
Read the full review by Dean Brown at thequietus.com



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