There has never, nor will there ever be, a problem with going back to the basics, square one, or whatever you wanna call the beginning. Respecting how something great started is always good if you ask me, and that goes double for metal as I always appreciate a solid attempt at recreating that classic heavy metal sound. However, Sumerlands didn’t just try . . . they succeeded and passed with beyond flying colors in every way imaginable!
After getting over how simply magnificent that cover rat is in all of its artistically simple glory, Sumerlands truly pulled no punches and went all fucking out with their debut. That’s right – debut! If you happen to be reading this after getting a taste of Sumerlands and didn’t know that it’s quite a shock, otherwise you’ve no idea! I thought these gentlemen out of the good city of Philadelphia had been making records for years – decades! – with how delicious their self-titled is. Packed with eight songs of a combination of all your favorite heavy metal classics brewed with the most tantalizing of ingredients then cooked in the corona of the sun itself until what came out was something that can only be defined as an essential of modern heavy metal, no fucking question. Every track has a beautiful array of hooks, riffs, catches, and simple works of the strings taken to glorious heights that one can only ever approve of. Ohhhhh yes, I forgot to mention to add a layer of psychedelic elements to the vocals to give you this sweet, sexy mixture of glory that came out to be the magnificence that Sumerlands somehow manage to create out of thin air.
It’s not just the fact that Sumerlands truly blew my expectations way out of the water with what their debut is truly like, but the importance of it is so much more. It’s proof that the classic style is nowhere near dead, and this is easily the most important album of its kind to come out in recent years, and it doesn’t take a genius to tell how and why.
“Sumerlands” releases on September 16th!
PRE-ORDER “Sumerlands” via iTunes here.
LISTEN to the track, “The Guardian”, off the album on Bandcamp here, or via YouTube below.
LIKE Sumerlands on Facebook here.