Sumac are Aaron Turner also of ISIS and Old Man Gloom, Brian Cook also of Russian Circles and Nick Yacyshyn also of Baptists. The trio play music on an epic scale with far-reaching, free-form experimentation - loud downtuned guitars, squalls of feedback, fractured drums and growling vocals. May You Be Held treads a similar path to its critically acclaimed predecessor, Love In Shadow.
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ISIS, Russian Circles, Baptists – three names to get the mouths of a certain type of extreme metal fan watering. Though they don’t necessarily share a sound or subgenre, it’s likely to see them in the same festival line-up or sharing a bill. A convenient umbrella term would be post-metal, but each take bits and pieces from hardcore, crust, sludge, and doom. SUMAC formed in 2014 and quickly became a talking point amongst fans of those scenes. Their career has seen a steady increase in their use of experimental sounds, mainly the creeping in of an approach similar to free improvisation groups. This crossover was fully realized in their collaborative work with Keiji Haino, a noise musician known for his boundary pushing solo records and pair ups with experimental figures as varied as John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, and Jim O’Rourke. ‘May You Be Held’ furthers these experimental tendencies to shape SUMAC’s most varied and improv-heavy record to date.
‘May You Be Held’ feels like a journey. SUMAC guide you through the ebbs and flows of their music graciously, despite throwing all kinds of feedback scowls, lucid percussion moments, and lengthy drone sections in along the way. It’s as if you’re wandering alone through a maze or a series of dark corridors at night, constantly waiting for the fears and fables inside your mind to manifest. There’s no clear-cut structure, little by way of sludge metal's traditional repetitive belligerence, and no twinkling dream pop ambience. Intro track ‘A Prayer For Your Path’ eschews the usual bombast opening tracks tend to carry in favour of dark ambient, creating a sense of dread as expectations of heaviness to suddenly hit don't to materialise. The title track is heavy, but not in the traditional sense - it’s a near-20-minute mammoth of ritualistic proportions, as an episode of gong hits ring-out as it nears its end. The similarly huge track ‘Consumed’ is more akin to the trio’s former albums or respective groups, with its start-stop riffing, monstrous vocals, and pulsing bass erupting into noise and grinding riffing. Closing track ‘Laughter and Silence’ conjures later Earth’s cowboy post-rock by splitting chords into desert-scorched notes, letting the individual clean plucks fade individually.
‘May You Be Held’ isn’t a series of clipped jams or throwing sounds at the wall to see if they stick, their unpredictability engages by creating tension, tempting forecasts which may or may not come to pass.
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