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If You Thought Roadburn 2017 Was Heavy, Here Comes Sumac

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016

It is, first of all, an enormous pleasure to welcome Aaron Turner to Roadburn once again. Having performed at the festival before with the legendary Isis, the dreamy Mamiffer and the colossal Old Man Gloom, not to mention the many Hydra Head bands that have already trodden the 013 boards, Aaron is one of the staples of Roadburn, and we’re delighted to have him back once more with a relatively new vehicle of expression, the mighty Sumac.

He comes in great company too. Completing the stellar line-up of Sumac are bassist Brian Cook, very well known for his past in Botch and These Arms Are Snakes and even more so for his glorious present in Russian Circles, whom we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming at Roadburn twice already in 2010 and 2015, and drummer Nick Yacyshyn, also of the amazing Baptists, whom Dave Grohl famously considered to be his favourite drummer a couple of years back. With this kind of musical agility and talent available, Sumac was bound to be special, and 2015‘s The Deal confirmed that in spades.

Denser than a black hole having a really bad day, heavier than a bag of the heaviest things you can imagine, and yet dynamic, constantly unpredictable and evoking a very real sense of dread, it was a record that firmly established the trio as so much more than a curious super-group, but something to really look out for in the next few years.

Fortunately they’ve wasted no time in following it up, and this year’s What One Becomes, released via Thrill Jockey last June, was even better. It’s like The Deal tested the waters and allowed the three sonic explorers to draw a map and realise where they could go together, whereas on What One Becomes they just said screw the map, tossed it, and marched ahead into uncharted territories without a care in the world, crossing boundaries of metal and heavy music in general as if they were never there in the first place. As if that wasn’t enough, in a couple of weeks a special release called Before You I Appear will offer us some of What One Becomes‘ pieces reworked a reconstructed by like-minded luminaries like Samuel Kerridge or Kevin Drumm, among others.

Aaron Turner commented: “Very happy to be returning to Roadburn once again. I’ve had a lot of great shows as a participant in Roadburn for what must be close to a decade now. Having played there with Mamiffer, Old Man Gloom and ISIS, I’m glad to have the chance to come with SUMAC this time around. Looking forward to it and grateful to be included yet again.”

The short but meaningful career of Sumac so far seems to be a constant adventure taking place beyond the wall of conventionality and limitation, and that’s exactly how we are expecting their show to be like at Roadburn 2017. That, and super-heavy, of course.

Sumac will crush and amaze Roadburn 2017 all at once on Sunday, 23 April, at Het Patronaat in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

Roadburn Festival 2017 will take place April 20-23 at the 013 venue, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tickets are now on sale!


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Album of the day: Sumac – What One Becomes

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from Last Rites: Say what you want about Aaron Turner, just don’t call him lazy. Since the dissolution of his band Isis in 2010, Turner has found plenty of ways to keep himself occupied, most of which involve creating excellent music and art. Since relocating from LA to […]

Noisey / Vice Premiere: Mr.Roadburn, The Full Documentary

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014

Noisey / Vice shot a documentary about Roadburn at this year’s festival, called Mr. Roadburn. The doc is not only a portrait of Walter as Roadburn‘s artistic director, it’s also a fitting testament to the festival itself – Jurgen talks about Roadburn‘s origins, it honors the bands, the Roadburn aesthetic, […]

Album of the day: Jodis – Black Curtain

Posted on Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Hammer Smashed Sound: In case you’re not familiar with this project, Jodis consists of Aaron Turner (Isis, Mamiffer, Old Man Gloom, House of Low Culture, Lotus Eaters, etc.), James Plotkin (Khanate, O.L.D.), and Tim Wyskida (Khanate, Blind Idiot God); Their first album, Secret House, was released by […]

Album of the day: Isis – Live VI 11.16.07

Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Scene Point Blank: A year after their dissolution, post-metal powerhouse Isis is preparing to digitally re-release its entire live discography on a fortnightly basis throughout the summer of 2011. The set of five—wait, hold up a moment. I finished those last summer. What’s with the new release? […]

Album of the day: Old Man Gloom – No

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Drop-d: Resume The Gloom. So goes the credo associated with Old Man Gloom. After an eight year long slumber, the sludge “supergroup” awoke in stunning fashion with a series of special shows across the US, with the line-up of Aaron Turner (ex-Isis, Mamiffer, Split Cranium et al), […]

Album of the day: Locrian & Mamiffer – Bless Them That Curse You

Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Praise for Locrian & Mamiffer‘s Bless Them That Curse You from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Killer collaboration from these two aQ faves, both trafficking in a similarly ominous abstract minimalism, and who together have conjured up something pretty epic. The opening track begins as if to creep abjectly through some […]

Album of the day: Pharaoh Overlord – Lunar Jetman

Posted on Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Inarguable: The Repetition is a difficult beast to wrangle. From the premier of Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Instruments, the new wave of post-modernity screamed “excessive minimalism” in praise of its stylistic progenitor. Of course, not many people could perfectly emulate Reich’s pulsing, shifting, harmonically dense […]

Album of the day: House of Low Culture – Poisoned Soil

Posted on Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Praise for House of Low Culture‘s Poisoned Soil from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: It’s been a while since we’ve heard from House Of Low Culture, the one man experimental / drone / soundscaping project of Aaron Turner, he of Hydra Head Records, Sige Records, Mammifer, Isis, Twilight, etc. This one […]

Album of the day: Burning Witch – S/T (4LP + DVD)

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Praise for Burning Witch‘s S/T (4LP + DVD) from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We’ve got just a handful of these expensive new Burning Witch 4LP/DVD boxes, they’re fancy and SUPER limited, so odds are once we sell out we won’t be able to get more. Seems likely that only super […]