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Keiji Haino + SUMAC
Even for just the briefest moment / Keep charging this “expiation” / Plug in to making it slightly better

If you’re a fan of the more outre end of modern rock music, chances are that you enjoyed that Keiji Haino/SUMAC collaborative LP which came out back in 2018. You’ll be pleased to hear, then, that they’ve done another one, and it’s got another silly title. Even for just the briefest moment / Keep charging this “expiation” / Plug in to making it slightly better (bloody hell) is really impressive stuff, punching through the walls of psych-rock and post-metal to stumble onto something far stranger. Maybe Melt Banana would be a similar band?

SUMAC
Love In Shadow

Fresh from their collaboration with Keiji Haino, the ex-Isis / Russian Circles / Baptists supergroup that is SUMAC hand us their third full-length album. Love In Shadow blasts forth with four lengthy and hefty pieces, which pilot an exhilarating course between tight, propulsive structure and looser abstraction. For old SUMAC fans and Haino-heads who might have just discovered them, this will hit the spot.

Keiji Haino & SUMAC
American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On

Those boys in SUMAC must have been delighted when this opportunity came up: an album with the grand master Keiji Haino! The band, who are already kind of a alt-metal supergroup (members of Isis, Russian Circles and Baptists), coalesced around the ferocity of Haino’s vocals and guitars to create American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On, a lengthy slab of experimental heavy. On Thrill Jockey.

SUMAC
Before You I Appear

Before You I Appear is an EP featuring remixes from Sumac’s 2016 album What One Becomes. The Vancouver/Washington duo find their dense metalish rock being punctuated with psychedelic explosions and sombre drone passages. Featuring remixes by Samuel Kerridge, Bleed Turquoise, Kevin Drumm and Japanese band ENDON. On Thrill Jockey.

Thalassa
Bonds Of Prosperity

Thalassa is, in fact, William Fowler Collins paired with Aaron Turner of Isis and Sumac, working in a dark drone mode. Bonds Of Prosperity feels like it alludes to a wealth of the heavier genres (black metal, sludge metal etc.) without ever actually crunching into a song: it feels like the long eerie calm before a storm. Double LP on SIGE.

SUMAC
The Deal

Sumac might even be called a supergroup, if people are still using that phrase: the band contains members of ISIS, Russian Circles and Baptists. The Deal is a nice and heavy one, lingering lovingly on thick guitar crunch. This was released on CD already, but this vinyl edition is a deluxe double vinyl set limited to 800 copies only,

SUMAC
What One Becomes

So much heavy lineage in this trio. Members of Isis, Baptists and Russian Circles assembled to become Sumac, and they wasted no time developing band chemistry: their veiny-thick instrumental lines tangle around each other tightly, nobody ever missing a beat. What One Becomes is beautifully crushing. On Thrill Jockey.