Suma May Tour Starts This Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 6th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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As it happens, I’m in a coffee shop putting this post together. It’s Sunday afternoon — earlier than it feels — and at the next table is a just-post-middle-aged guy telling his lady all about someone who after years of irresponsibility has finally started listening to their doctor. The woman, so it goes, is barely feigning interest. It could hardly be a better time to jack up my headphones with some Suma and absolutely exit Planet Earth in favor of whatever destructive alternate realm the Swedish four-piece occupy. Has it really been three years already since their last record? The hell kind of sense does that make?

Of course, the simple fact that they’re touring now and that they’ve been announced for Høstsabbat in Oslo this October makes me wonder if perhaps they’ve got another LP coming, but that’s rampant speculation and as fun as it is to indulge such things, I think I’ll hold off. Not like the last record’s impact has worn off. Shit is crushing like climate studies.

And see? That loud-talking goober and his companion have left. Suma fixes everything.

They’re gonna be in Berlin and then seemingly headed east and north from there if my minimal understanding of geography is anything to go by (it isn’t), but wherever they’re headed, they’re a band you should see if they’re in your path or likewise. I consider it a blight on my record that I’ve never caught them live, and that’s something I’m looking forward to correcting this Fall.

They posted the tour dates thusly:

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SUMA – May tour dates

GERMANY / POLAND / LITHUANIA / LATVIA / ESTONIA / FINLAND

09/05 HAMBURG – hafenklang
10/05 BERLIN – kantine am berghain
11/05 WROCLAW – into the abyss fest IV
12/05 TORUN – nrd
13/05 WARZAW – poglos
14/05 VILNIUS – xi20
15/05 JELGAVA – melno cepurisu balerija
16/05 TALLINN – sveta baar
17/05 HELSINKI – kuudes linja
18/05 TAMPERE – varjobaari

poster by NOISE ARMADA

SUMA:
>P. guitar
>J. bass/vocals
>E. drums
>R. samples/noise

https://www.facebook.com/sumanoise/
https://sumanoise.bandcamp.com/
http://www.argonautarecords.com/
http://www.initrecords.net/
http://tartarusrecords.com/
http://www.thronerecs.com/
https://www.facebook.com/doomstarbookings/

Suma, The Order of Things (2016)

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Deville Post “Pigs with Gods” Video; On Tour this Month

Posted in Bootleg Theater on March 5th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Later this week, Swedish heavy rockers Deville will head out on tour supporting their 2018 album, Pigs with Gods (review here). Released this past Fall through Fuzzorama Records, it continues the four-piece’s thread of straightforward, songwriting-based material, using classic forms and modern tones to bring an immediate familiarity to material that, while aggressive, never loses sight of its purpose. Deville, perennially, are songwriters first and foremost. That’s not to say they can’t add a bit of flash here between their two guitars or lock in a killer groove when they’re so inclined, but that even in doing so, they’re serving the greater good of the output itself. And though there are never a shortage of them, it’s not just about hooks either.

The band’s last video was for “Cut it Loose,” which was premiered here, and though they were in it, it followed a whole narrative arc. This time around, in giving visual representation to the Pigs with Gods title-track, it’s dudes in a room rockin’. And fair enough, honestly, since that’s what Deville are all about. It’s not some overblown thing, it’s unpretentious, well-crafted, dead-ahead rock and roll. Watch out for some shaky-cam stuff from director Henrik Christoffersson, but beyond that, it’s a fittingly sans frills showcase for the track, which not only showcases Deville in their element — i.e., playing — but brings the atmosphere of the album to the fore in a way that portrays it as the strength it is. You can see the character of the band as they are live, which, hey wouldn’t you know it, is just how they’ll be on tour later this week. Isn’t it amazing how that timing works out?

Live dates follow the video on the player below.

Enjoy:

Deville, “Pigs with Gods” official video

“Pigs with Gods” taken from the album “Pigs with Gods” out 2018 on Fuzzorrama Records.
Buy your physical CD or LP from http://www.fuzzoramastore.com

Filmed and directed by: Henrik Christoffersson

European tour coming up!

Deville live:
March 8th @ Peter Weiss Haus, Rostock (DE)
March 9th @ Bastard Club, Osnabruck (DE)
March 10th @ Zauberberg, Passau (DE)
March 11th @ FUGA, Bratislava (SV)
March 12th @ Rockhaus, Salzburg (AU)
March 14th @ Rock n´Eat, Lyon (FR)
March 15th @ KUFA, Lyss (CH)
March 16th @ Café Albatross, Pisa (IT)
March 17th @ Scumm, Pescara (IT)
March 19th @ Stadtwerkstatt, Linz (AU)
March 20th @ The Tube, Dusseldorf (DE)
March 21st @ Sonic Ball Room, Cologne (DE)
March 22nd @ Innocent, Hengelo (NL)
March 23rd @ De Engel, Den Helder (NL)
April 13th @ Plan B, Tranås (SWE)

Deville lineup:
Andreas Bengtsson: guitar/vocals
Andreas Wulkan: guitar
Martin Nobel: bass
Martin Fässberg: drums

Deville on Thee Facebooks

Deville website

Fuzzorama Records

Fuzzorama on Bandcamp

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Deville Announce March European Tour

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 7th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Swedish heavy rockers Deville have a couple dates this month in their native land; a weekender in Trollhättan and Motala in the Southern part of the country, and that will likely be the warmup for their tour next month. They go supporting last year’s raucous Pigs with Gods (review here) and in addition to this run, they will be in Spain this coming October to take part in the Tabernas fest alongside Karma to BurnCowboys and AliensRotor and more than a fistful of others. I don’t know if that means they’ll be touring again in the Fall or if that’s a one-off, but Deville are no strangers to hitting the road either way, so it’s entirely possible it’s a couple weeks here and a couple weeks there. Could be summer plans too. They like to keep busy.

Their video below for “Cut it Loose” was premiered here with the review linked above, but if you haven’t checked it out, you’d only be doing your day a favor. The album came out through Fuzzorama Records.

From the PR wire:

DEVILLE – European tour

We are proud to announce european headline tour in March across seven countries supporting the new album “Pigs with Gods”.

Deville live:
Feb 22nd @ Backstage Bar, Trollhättan (SWE)
Feb 23rd @ Bomber Bar, Motala (SWE)
March 8th @ Peter Weiss Haus, Rostock (DE)
March 9th @ Bastard Club, Osnabruck (DE)
March 10th @ Zauberberg, Passau (DE)
March 11th @ FUGA, Bratislava (SV)
March 12th @ Rockhaus, Salzburg (AU)
March 14th @ Rock n´Eat, Lyon (FR)
March 15th @ KUFA, Lyss (CH)
March 16th @ Café Albatross, Pisa (IT)
March 17th @ Scumm, Pescara (IT)
March 19th @ Stadtwerkstatt, Linz (AU)
March 20th @ The Tube, Dusseldorf (DE)
March 21st @ Sonic Ball Room, Cologne (DE)
March 22nd @ Innocent, Hengelo (NL)
March 23rd @ De Engel, Den Helder (NL)
April 13th @ Plan B, Tranås (SWE)

Deville lineup:
Andreas Bengtsson: guitar/vocals
Andreas Wulkan: guitar
Martin Nobel: bass
Martin Fässberg: drums

http://deville.nu/
https://www.facebook.com/devilleband
http://www.fuzzoramarecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Fuzzorama
https://twitter.com/fuzzorecords

Deville, ‘Cut it Loose’ official video

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Review & Video Premiere: Deville, Pigs with Gods

Posted in Bootleg Theater, Reviews on October 19th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Deville, ‘Cut it Loose’ official video premiere

[Click play above to watch the official premiere of Deville’s ‘Cut it Loose’ video. Their album, Pigs with Gods, is out Oct. 26 on Fuzzorama Records.]

Sweden’s Deville seemed to lay self-aware claim to their straightforward approach to heavy rock and roll on their last album, 2015’s Make it Belong to Us (review here), which was their first outing through Fuzzorama Records after issuing their third LP, Hydra (review here), through Small Stone. But things change, and in the case of the Malmö four-piece, that extends to the lineup of the band, as guitarist/vocalist Andreas Bengtsson is now the sole remaining founding member of Deville, with lead guitarist Andreas Wulkan having joined before Hydra and the dual-Martin rhythm section of bassist Martin Nobel and drummer Martin Fässberg coming aboard in 2016. As Deville come upon their 15th anniversary in 2019, their latest collection, Pigs with Gods, will be the album that carries them through it, and it’s another forward step in their ongoing sonic development.

As to how much the Andreases and Martins share writing duties among them, I don’t know, but Deville has always had Bengtsson at the center, and that remains true throughout the substantial, LP-limit-pushing 12 tracks and 51 minutes of Pigs with Gods, but as cuts like “Came for Nothing,” “Hell in the Water,” “Cut it Loose” and “Gold Sealed Tomb” remind, the star when it comes to Deville‘s work has always been the songs themselves. Structurally tight, crisply produced and executed with a full, professional sound and energy, the material on Pigs with Gods offers little by way of surprises in the overall quality of its work. That is, after their last couple albums especially and even going back to 2007’s Come Heavy Sleep (which Heavy Psych Sounds pressed to vinyl in 2013) and 2009’s Hail the Black Sky (discussed here), they’ve worked to a high standard of output. With Bengtsson as the consistent factor in the band all along, one can at this point read a certain level of auteurship to their work, but again, it’s the songwriting that’s the proper focus.

And whether it’s the lumbering riffer “Lightbringer” or the one-two punch of opener “Lost Grounds” and the title-track right behind it, Pigs with Gods wants nothing as regards songwriting. The real shift as regards Deville‘s style is in the aggression level of the material overall. “Lost Grounds” puts that out immediately and sets a context for the rest of what follows such that even the uptempo push of “Cut it Loose” or the bombastic “Wrecked” later on seem informed by it. They play around with the dynamic, as one would think for a group of their established professionalism, and “Acid Meadows” mellows out while “Dead Goon” turns it somewhat darker ahead of “Came for Nothing” and the ending shove of “Medicated on a Concrete Road” and closer “In Reverse,” which tops six minutes in grand finale fashion with a striking vocal harmony, but the core tonality of Pigs with Gods — and even the title itself, unless they’re referencing Margaret Atwood — retains more of an aggro edge than anything they’ve done before.

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The effect there is to toe the line between heavy rock and hard rock, and taken in concert with the accessibility that their penchant for hooks grants them, one might read a commercial aspect to their sound, but I don’t think that’s what they’re going for. Whether they’re reflecting the times or some personal strife or whatever it might be, their intention seems not to make the widest-reaching album possible, but to push themselves into making the best album possible, and while Pigs with Gods is a considerable undertaking at 51 minutes — Make it Belong to Us was 37, to compare — they stave off redundancy with malleability and succeed in moving their aesthetic forward to someplace it’s never been. As to how much the arrival of Nobel and Fässberg might have to do with the sharper take, I can’t say, but it’s crucial that even as raucous as Pigs with Gods gets, on “Gold Sealed Tomb” or  “Wrecked” or even “Lost Grounds” at the outset, there’s no sacrifice of melody or catchiness in the name of making a show of being pissed off.

Nor should there be. Instead, Deville hit this new nuance in their modus with the same level of pro-shop confidence they’ve had for the better part of the last decade, and I firmly believe that’s because they keep the songs themselves as the core of the band. At no point does Pigs with Gods sound like Bengtsson sat WulkanFässberg and Nobel down at a band meeting and told them it was time to get mad. What it sounds like is that Deville wrote a new collection of tracks to follow-up the last one and the songs went where they wanted to go naturally. I’ve mentioned a couple times by now Pigs with Gods hitting expectations. In songwriting, in performance, etc. And it does, but that shouldn’t be taken to mean that it lacks passion or that it’s somehow otherwise flat, just hitting its marks and content with that. While there are steady elements to their approach and I wouldn’t say they ever come close to losing their tight grip on what they do, Deville are just working to a high standard, and surpassing where they were before is a part of that.

One would expect no less from them, no matter who’s in the band, or it simply wouldn’t be Deville. And with the rolling-forward riff of “Dead Goon” and the spacious time-taking of “In Reverse” — the bass of which is satisfyingly dirt-caked in its post-midpoint showcase — Pigs with Gods is unquestionably Deville. It shows how recognizable their sound has become over time and just how much the ownership they acknowledged their last time out has allowed them to do what they want with their songwriting and take it to places it hasn’t yet been. Whatever the future holds for them as they move beyond a decade and a half — one assumes they won’t have another album out next year, given past pacing — Deville give zero sign of letting go of the willfully grounded craft that serves as their foundation. As regards Pigs with Gods, it is only a source of strength for what they do.

Deville on Thee Facebooks

Deville website

Fuzzorama Records

Fuzzorama on Bandcamp

 

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CB3 Premiere “From Nothing to Eternity” Video; Recording New Album in August

Posted in Bootleg Theater on July 23rd, 2018 by JJ Koczan

CB3

Next month, Malmö, Sweden’s CB3 will head into the studio to record their yet-untitled third full-length. It’s a pretty quick turnaround for guitarist Charlotta Andersson and her instrumentalist Burnin’ Trio — bassist Pelle Lindsjö and drummer Natanael Salomonsson — who released their sophomore long-player in earlier this year’s From Nothing to Eternity, an album rife with heavy psychedelic character amid jazz-hued influences and a broad sense of atmosphere. CB3 made their debut in 2015 with the even-jazzier Charlotta’s Burnin’ Trio, and since have grown more and more psychedelic with each release. As to whether or not that trend will continue, we don’t yet know, but before the recording process begins, the excellently-logo’ed three-piece are unveiling a series of hopped-up live videos that capture a full set at Klubb Kristallen in the band’s hometown. The series is called Cult of the Crystals, in honor of the venue.

Live record? Maybe. Watching the clip for the title-track of From Nothing to Eternity, it certainly doesn’t seem unreasonable to think Andersson and company might snag that audio for a special release on its own. The sound iscb3 clear and the performance vibrant, and they had 2016’s Live in Action! out after the first album, so there’s precedent. But for now at least it’s video-only, and there’s plenty to dig into with that, as Andersson‘s own mix and edit of the raw footage finds the live video manipulated with added psychedelic elements, band members interlaid over each other oozing in and out of view as the track itself likewise oozes forward toward an effects-drenched climax, the chemistry of the band’s jazzier days very much held over in the musical conversation particularly between the guitar and drums — Lindsjö is a more recent addition to the band, though he certainly makes his presence known as well — a riffy nod echoing out atop a steady roll past the eight-minute mark only to recede back as the band spends the last minute or so in concluding meander.

Heavy psych heads with a hankering for jammy fare will delight no doubt at what CB3 bring forth in From Nothing to Eternity‘s flowing course, and if you haven’t heard it — it came out in January via Lazy Octopus Records, Eggs in Aspic and Drone Rock Records — it’s streaming in full on the Bandcamp player at the bottom of this post. Because you should probably hear it.

I’ll hope to have more on CB3 as they continue this video series and begin recording their next album, but until then, you can watch “From Nothing to Eternity” on the player below, followed by more background on the band courtesy of the PR wire.

Please enjoy:

CB3, “From Nothing to Eternity” official video premiere

CB3 – Swedish instrumental heavy psychrock trio releases new super-spacey live music videos. First up is “From Nothing to Eternity” (released on vinyl on Drone Rock Records, UK). Recorded May 12, live at Klubb Kristallen, Malmö, Sweden. It’s 100% dedication and DIY! We call this project “Cult of the Crystals”

Recorded by Edvin Lorinius
Mixed, Video edited by Charlotta Andersson.

CB3:
Charlotta Andersson – Electric Guitar
Pelle Lindsjö – Electric Bass
Natanael Salomonsson – Drums

CB3’s sound and music can be described as a mix of heavy psych jams of Earthless blended with progrock like Rush, Yes and with the spacerockiness of Hawkwind and Pink Floyd.

In 2018 CB3 has released “From Nothing to Eternity” on cassette and vinyl, supported Monolord, Firebreather and Kaleidobolt and played a bunch of shows.

CB3, From Nothing to Eternity (2018)

CB3 on Thee Facebooks

CB3 on Bandcamp

Lazy Octopus Records website

Eggs in Aspic on Bandcamp

Drone Rock Records website

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Deville Announce New Single & European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 4th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

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Swedish heavy rockers Deville are gearing up to hit the road once again next month. It’ll be their first tour in some time, and it comes along with the release of a new single through Fuzzorama Records called Gold Sealed Tomb. This in itself is a precursor to the band’s next album, which will follow behind 2015’s Make is Belong to Us (review here), after which the lineup for the band was revamped.

Given the discussion below from drummer Martin Fässberg about the more metallic influence showing itself on the new track, I’m interested to hear where it goes and if that’s something that might apply to the album as a whole in addition to this individual track. Much to discover, as always.

All kinds of dates for the calendar-marking:

New Deville single and european tour in May!

Deville will release a new single “Gold Sealed Tomb” 11th of May taken from the forthcoming album through Fuzzorama Records and will start a European tour the 9th of May.

Martin Fässberg on “Gold Sealed Tomb”:

When we first started writing music for a new album it became evident to all of us that we were quite tired of the traditional doom/stoner/sludge genre. Wulkan had this riff he used to play during soundchecks and we all liked it but a question was raised… Was it too much metal?

After some time though, it became clear that more metal was what we all wanted! Thus the album was given a very metal feeling and an effort was made to focus on traditional songwriting.

“Gold Sealed Tomb” starts with that very riff from soundchecks past and is an introduction to the full-length coming later this year.

Deville on tour:
09.05 Oldenburg, DE, MTS LP’s CD’s
10.05 Kreuzlingen, CH, Horst Klub
11.05 Salzburg, AT, Rockhouse Salzburg
12.05 Oberentfelden, CH, Böröm pöm pöm
13.05 Milano, IT, Kraken Pub
14.05 Pescara, IT, Scumm
15.05 Rome, IT, Let It Beer
16.05 Busto Arsizio, IT, Comunità Giovanile
17.05 Torino, IT, BLAH BLAH
18.05 Pisa, IT, Café Albatross Pisa
19.05 Arnstadt, DE, Rockkneipe ‘Jungfer’
20.05 Kiel, DE, Die Kieler Schaubude

Deville lineup:
Andreas Bengtsson: guitar/vocals
Andreas Wulkan: guitar
Martin Nobel: bass
Martin Fässberg: drums

http://deville.nu/
https://www.facebook.com/devilleband
http://www.fuzzoramarecords.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Fuzzorama
https://twitter.com/fuzzorecords

Deville, Make it Belong to Us (2015)

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Throneless Sign to Black Bow Records; Cycles Coming March 23

Posted in Whathaveyou on November 13th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

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For a band like Malmö, Sweden’s Throneless, who roll out huge-sounding, lumbering grooves in longform and pummeling fashion with a lysergic underflourish and cavernous crash, one can imagine few direct endorsements that might carry the weight as that of Jon Davis, guitarist/vocalist of UK crusher-destroyers Conan. Davis has signed the three-piece to his Black Bow Records imprint for the release of their second offering, Cycles, which will be out on March 23, 2018. As in five months from now. Hey, I like an early heads up as much as the next guy. Probably more, actually, since that’s about as long as it takes me to review shit sometimes.

I digress. The band made their self-titled debut in 2015 via Heavy Psych Sounds, and it’s worth noting they’re not really out of place on either label. Still, from the quote below it’s pretty plain they’re stoked to be working with Black Bow, and yeah, they should be. That record was also four songs of mega-stomping doom, so it’s nice to see they’re keeping to form with the new one. Not that I’ve heard it yet or anything, but it’s bludgeoning.

From the PR wire:

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Throneless – Cycles

On March 23rd 2018 Black Bow Records will release Cycles by Swedish doom metal band THRONELESS. The album is four tracks of psychedelic doom metal that is highly recommended for fans of Conan, Yob and The Slomatics.

The album is set to be released on limited edition vinyl and digital formats.

The band commented, “We’re stoked to release our second album on Black Bow Records, and getting the opportunity to work with people who totally understand the type of music and expression we stand for.”

Throneless is a doom metal band from Malmö, Sweden, that through heavy downtuned fuzz, monotone and medative riffs focuses on waking people up from the masshypnosis we call society.

Tracklisting:
1 – BORN IN VAIN 9:43
2 – CYCLES 9:12
3 – SENSELESS 6:29
4 – ORACLE 14:05

Throneless are:
Johan Sundén – Guitar & Vocals
Patrik Sundberg – Bass & Artwork
Johan Burman – Drums & Production

https://www.facebook.com/thronelessdoom
https://thronelessdoom.bandcamp.com/
www.blackbowrecords.com/
blackbowrecords.bigcartel.com/
https://blackbowrecords.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Black-Bow-Records-565275456841866/

Throneless, Throneless (2015)

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Suma Announce November European Tour Dates

Posted in Whathaveyou on October 17th, 2017 by JJ Koczan

Not that Suma were lacking for quality associations when it came to their 2016 offering, The Order of Things (review here), between releases through Argonauta and Init Records (CD), Throne Records (vinyl) and Tartarus Records (tape), but if you want to add the Netherlands’ Doomstar Bookings to that mix for presenting the Swedish band’s upcoming November run in support of the album, go for it. The Eindhoven-based booker also works with the likes of Primitive ManToner LowAgoraphobic Nosebleed and a host of others in a swath of various forms of extremity, so Suma are on yet another level keeping good company. Seems to be a thing they do.

Another thing they do? Well, on this tour they hit Belgium, Germany, France the UK and the Netherlands — so that’s a thing. If you didn’t hear the things in their proper Order, you can check out the full stream of the Billy Anderson-helmed record at the bottom of this post, and you probably should do so, because it absolutely destroys.

They have an open slot for Nov 9, so if you can help out in France/Belgium, do that too. Dates and info from the social medias:

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SUMA – November Tour

It is with great pride we announce the fall tour for Sweden’s cult spacesludgers SUMA. After their successful run with Unearthly Trance around Roadburn earlier this year they will take to the West European roads this time in support of their latest album The Order Of Things. We still have one TBA available for France/Belgium, anyone interested get in touch!

11.03 MTS Records Oldenburg Germany
11.04 Baroeg Rotterdam The Netherlands
11.05 The Pit’s Kortrijk Belgium
11.06 Underworld London UK
11.07 Le 3 Pieces Rouen France
11.08 La Scene Michelet Nantes France
11.09 TBA
11.10 The Jack Eindhoven The Netherlands

Hailing from Malmö, Sweden and formed in 2001 : SUMA has been spreading the plague of their sonic weight, noise-ridden hallucinatory doom metal on the world for the past decade and a half. Through these years they’ve lured hordes of humans into the lair with their devastatingly heavy, one way trip into the vortex live performances and crushing delivery on their recorded matters.

In 2016 they recorded their fourth album – THE ORDER OF THINGS – with legendary engine-ear BILLY ANDERSON (Pallbearer, Black Cobra, Agalloch, Tragedy) once again at the helm of the recording. This is the imminent evolution from the past’s behemoths of albums, LET THE CHURCHES BURN and ASHES.

SUMA:
>P. guitar
>J. bass/vocals
>E. drums
>R. samples/noise

https://www.facebook.com/sumanoise/
https://sumanoise.bandcamp.com/
http://www.argonautarecords.com/
http://www.initrecords.net/
http://tartarusrecords.com/
http://www.thronerecs.com/
https://www.facebook.com/doomstarbookings/

Suma, The Order of Things (2016)

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