Sumac - What One Becomes
SUMAC is the trio of Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer) on guitar & vocals, Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) on drums, and Brian Cook (Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes, Botch) on bass whose ability to deliver punishing music is matched only by the weight of their pedigree.
Together on their new epic double album What One Becomes the trio walk the line between chaos and control. This sophomore album sees the band take a leap forward from their debut The Deal (2015) revealing a new side of Turners combustible songwriting and guitar playing. Fans of the legendary Isis and cult heros Old Man Gloom will not be disappointed.
There is a profound anxiety that leaches through What One Becomes. SUMACs choreographed structures parallel the internal and personal struggles with anxiety. They seek to identify the source, devise a course of action, and confront that condition at hand. SUMAC channels psychic distress into their rigorously algebraic maneuvers and syllable-crack dissonance.
This is without a doubt the heaviest material any of these three men have ever put out, and it s certainly making a run at being their best. --Metal Sucks
The music here employs both hardcore and post-metal with careful, but unhinged abandon. --Pitchfork
...crushing, killing and destroying... --Decibel Magazine
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