As Minneapolis-based technical/avant-garde death metal trio SUNLESS prepares for the release of their belittling Urraca debut full-length in late February, the album’s “The Ancient Ones” has been exclusively premiered at Invisible Oranges.
SUNLESS reinterprets influence from pioneers of extreme, dissonant metal, such as Gorguts, Ulcerate, and Deathspell Omega through an abstract lens that is all their own, boasting a prominent rhythm section, a scattered assortment of time signatures, interwoven and complex arrangements, and bellowing death growls. Tracked by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording in Minneapolis (The Crinn, Ambassador Gun, Maeth), and mixed/mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York, the band’s Urraca delivers a relentlessly engaging onslaught of complex and dissonant death metal, with nine tracks encompassing a dense forty-four minutes, and artwork by friend, lyricist, and former bandmate, Andrew Notsch (ex-Youwretch).
“Though this trio’s musical proficiency is immediately apparent, SUNLESS‘s approach is more restrained and motif-based, utilizing their talents in a more ‘song-oriented’ setting instead of the ‘play until we can’t anymore’ approach,” Invisible Oranges offers alongside their premiere of the new single. “Note the slower, more melodic introduction to their song ‘The Ancient Ones,’ SUNLESS‘s music isn’t about showing off or being guitar heroes, but instead champions intricate, interesting songwriting with the chops to bolster it.”
Stream SUNLESS’ “The Ancient Ones” only at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.
Urraca will be independently released by SUNLESS with digital, digipak CD, and cassette formats to be made available on February 24th. Preorders for the physical formats are live at Bandcamp where you can also stream “Wishes Fallen on Deafened Ears” HERE.
SUNLESS will support the release of Urraca with a two-week US tour alongside Minneapolis cohorts, fungal death-sludge act, Grogus. The tour begins with a hometown record release show the day of the album’s release, Friday, February 24th, and runs through Saturday, March 11th. See all confirmed tour dates below and watch for updates in the coming days as the final shows are announced.
SUNLESS Urraca Central US Tour 2017 w/ Grogus:
2/24/2017 Reverie Café And Bar – Minneapolis, MN *release show w/ Faces Of The Bog, Aziza
2/25/2017 Bar Bar – Denver, CO
2/26/2017 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
2/27/2017 The Underground – Santa Fe, NM
3/01/2017 Your Mom’s – Oklahoma City, OK
3/02/2017 TBA – Dallas, TX
3/03/2017 The Lost Well – Austin, TX
3/05/2017 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
3/06/2017 TBA – Birmingham, AL
3/07/2017 TBA – Nashville, TN
3/08/2017 Growlers – Memphis, TN
3/10/2017 Underground Lounge – Chicago, IL
3/11/2017 Frank’s Powerplant – Milwaukee, WI