SUMAC - guitarist and vocalist Aaron Turner (Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer, ISIS), drummer Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists, Erosion), and bassist Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch) - delivers their third full length album, Love in Shadow, a brutalizing dive into love and all its raw emotions. The album was recorded live in a single room at Robert Lang Studios (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) in Washington by Kurt Ballou (Converge), who later mixed the album at his own studio GodCity.
The album flows with the continued momentum from their acclaimed collaborative release with with legendary Japanese artist Keiji Haino (Fushitsusha, Painkiller) earlier this year American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous To Look At Face On, incorporating more freeform abstraction into their raw, bombastic, and jagged sound. The intense exploration of tension and chaos is mirrored in Turner's striking visual art for the album, where strands of frayed ink and hints of color coalesce into a swamp-like form both elaborately disorienting and minutely structured in its packaging.
Each member of SUMAC has remained prolific within their own right, with Turner continuing to release albums with a myriad of projects and through his own imprint SIGE, Yacyshyn recently releasing new music with Baptists as well as scoring a horror film soundtrack, and Cook consistently touring the world, sharing the stage with bands like Mastodon, Chelsea Wolfe, and many more.
Love can be ugly. But at its core, it's alive, unpredictable, and volatile. On Love In Shadow, SUMAC captures that passion in the most primal and unfettered manner possible.
1. The Task (Side A)
2. Attis' Blade (Side B)
3. Arcing Silver (Side C)
4. Ecstacy of Unbecoming (Side D)