Old-school heavy metal revivalists SUMERLANDS have just shared a new song from their forthcoming self-titled debut out next month via Relapse. Titled “Seventh Seal,” the track is currently streaming at Cvlt Nation, who hail the band for manifesting, “the kind of catchy rock anthems that will have throwing up your horns!”
“‘The Seventh Seal’ was written to be the opening track of the LP dealing with subject matter of the apocalypse,” elaborates guitarist Arthur Rizk. “The music is representative of some of my favorite simple mid-paced heavy metal bangers with walls of guitar. ‘The Seventh Seal’ was meant to set a dark tone for the rest of the LP.”
Rock out to “Seventh Seal” now at THIS LOCATION.
First single “The Guardian” can also be heard at THIS LOCATION.
Sumerlands is due out on CD, LP, and digitally via Relapse on September 16th, 2016. Physical packages and digital preorders are available via Relapse.com HERE.
SUMERLANDS’ debut live performance will be held this October 1st at Union Pool in Brooklyn, New York with Eternal Champion, Crypt Sermon, and Chain, with additional shows to be announced soon.
10/1/2016 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
Formed by an all-star cast of scene veterans, heavy metal force SUMERLANDS bursts out of the proverbial gates with a fully-formed sound on their Guardian demo in 2014. The band’s output is one that calls to mind the most learned heavy metal ancestors and the most forward-thinking newcomers: one that sounds old but feels new. In its short existence, the band has already garnered widespread praise from the likes of Sputnik Music, No Clean Singing, and Pitchfork, the latter of which stated that, “SUMERLANDS sounds like Cirith Ungol and every lost ’80s American power metal band on steroids of steel, getting swole and flexing their might.”
Now, Relapse Records is proud to join forces with SUMERLANDS for the release of their mammoth self-titled debut full-length of classic heavy metal. Inspired by the timeless, guitar-driven sound of the ’70s and ’80s, SUMERLANDS features former Hour Of 13/Atlantean Kodex vocalist Phil Swanson as well as renowned producer Arthur Rizk (Inquisition, Power Trip, Pissgrave) on guitars and behind the boards. Powerful guitar riffs and galloping rhythms meld flawlessly together with soaring vocals and pristine production to create strong, hook-filled, moody anthems. This is a new wave of American heavy metal at its finest.
Additionally, Sumerlands features artwork by the legendary Jos. A. Smith, the renowned and prolific artist who originally created the Bathory goat in the ’70s.
Phil Swanson – vocals
Arthur Rizk – guitar, synths
Justin De Tore – drums
John Powers – guitar
Brad Raub – bass