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.
Limited Vinyl Double LP £24.94 THRILL470LPY
Limited edition, indies only coloured vinyl. Packaged in a wide spine jacket printed on uncoated stock with custom high gloss slipcase.
- Coloured vinyl
- Indies only
- Limited edition
- Includes download code
- Only 2 copies left
Vinyl Double LP £23.99 THRILL470LP
Black vinyl 2LP on Thrill Jockey. Packaged in a wide spine jacket printed on uncoated stock with custom high gloss slipcase.
- Includes download code
CD £9.99 THRILL470CD
CD on Thrill Jockey packaged in a 4-panel mini-LP style gatefold.
8/10 Greg 14th January 2019
You can’t say Aaron Turner hasn’t kept himself busy this year. With two full-lengths already released earlier this year, Turner, along with bassist Brian Cook and drummer Nick Yacyshyn, the fearsome trio that makes up Sumac, gives us ‘Love In Shadow’, an album that looks daunting on paper (not one of the four tracks goes under 12 minutes), but ultimately triumphs in sounding more alive and human than any standard popular metal band ever could. Beginning with the 22-minute “The Task”, Sumac immediately kick themselves into full gear with thunderous drums and fiercely slashing guitar before evolving in reverse to expectations, slowly getting quieter and quieter until it reaches its mournful organ-led conclusion. “Attis’ Blade” starts out with a one-chord rhythm attack provided by Cook and Yacyshyn that is as pummelling as anything you’ll hear this year before drifting and eventually dissolving into a glorious frenzy of face melting noise, falling apart completely and slowing themselves down before releasing the tension during the song’s coda by finishing the same way the song started. “Arcing Silver” maintains an uneasy, menacing groove that somehow builds up tension throughout the majority of its duration before the exhilarating climax where furious blast beats and feral roars comes into full effect. The final track “The Ecstasy Of Unbecoming” is probably the most loose and deconstructed of all, with Turner by himself absently tearing sounds from his guitar at the halfway point until eventually they all crashing back into one of the more structured sections on the album and finally hitting the finish line as one. 'Love In Shadow' is not an easy journey to get through but it is a hugely rewarding hour-long experience by a band that continues to destroy every musical boundary imaginable.
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