Sumac Announce EU Tour Dates for October 22
with Deafheaven, Pharaoh Overlord and Patrick Siroshi
SUMAC have announced European tour dates for October 2022, their first shows this side of the Atlantic since the release of their incendiary new album May You Be Held. The tour includes dates with Deafheaven, Pharaoh Overlord and saxophonist Patrick Siroshi, and sets at Amplifest in Portugal and Gloomy Days Fest in Sweden.
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 reaches surprising new heights at SUMAC’s incendiary live shows. Leased from the constraints of recording, the trio push the music into an even more potent hypnagogic experience, stretching passages out into the cosmos before snapping back with feral barrages of riffs.
SUMAC E.U. tour dates October 2022
October 1 – Stockholm, SE – Gloomy Days Fest
October 2 – Helsinki, FI – Tavastia w/ Pharaoh Overlord
October 3 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega *
October 5 – Antwerp, BE – Trix *
October 6 – Tilburg, NL – Hall Of Fame *
October 7 – Metz, FR – Les Trinitaires *
October 8 – Monthey, CH – Pont Rouge *
October 9 – Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik *
October 11 – Barcelona, ES – Sala Bóveda *
October 12 – Madrid, ES – Mon Live w/ Deafheaven
October 13 – Porto, PT – Amplifest
* With Patrick Shiroishi
Order SUMAC’s May You Be Held