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SUMAC share “The Iron Chair” from their forthcoming album “May You Be Held” out October 2nd

July 30, 2020
SUMAC by Reid Haithcock

SUMAC Share “The Iron Chair” From Their Forthcoming Album “May You Be Held” out October 2nd

Following the recent announcement of their new album May You Be Held, out Oct. 2nd, SUMAC have shared the record’s first single “The Iron Chair”. SUMAC’s creative improvisations defy expectations and “The Iron Chair,” a spontaneous moment in the studio, is at once a cathartic and uninhibited release and heavy dive into what can only be called alien logic.

A truly mammoth orchestration. 8 Minutes of gritty instrumentation, an extensive atmosphere crafted on a behemoth level, a landscape of colossal creativity you didn’t know you needed until now. Sumac have created a desolate environment filled with distortion and the most dangerous notes. Aggressive, obnoxious, and commendable. Sumac deliver this consuming wall of sound, controlled and compassionate moments of ferocity propel the momentum and the tracks unpredictable journey.

May You Be Held’s compassionate tone stands in stark contrast to the misanthropic and death-obsessed nature of most heavy metal music. The album’s emotional resonance is bound less by melody, but each member’s considered performance and interaction with one another. Here, guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner’s bellows and howls seem less threatening than wounded, primal, and mammalian. On guitar, his subversion of melody and penchant for noise seems less like aural punishment and more like an open horizon for frequencies and timbre. In a traditional metal context, drummer Nick Yacyshyn’s dexterous beats, exhilarating fills, and creative flourishes might seem like the pinnacle of rhythmic ferocity, but on May You Be Held there’s a kind of ecstasy in his performance, a fluidity and ability that conveys both urgency in purpose and joy in execution. Bassist Brian Cook glues it together with a heavy handedness that could be seen as hostile or malicious if it didn’t also provide the clearest path to navigating the band’s thorny arrangements.

May You Be Held is a record that feels more human than anything else—at times flawed and wounded, at others, triumphant, purposeful, and pensive. The music is by no means a salve or anodyne, but neither is it nihilistic. Rather, its forceful approach and challenging timbres are like a confrontation, a baptism by fire, a therapeutic razing.

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