Sumerlands have returned from the astral plane with another powerful collection of timeless, hooked-filled hits: Dreamkiller. In the driver’s seat is renowned producer and guitarist Arthur Rizk, who polished these eight metallic gems at Philadelphia’s Redwood Studios with his brothers in Sumerlands. The new full-length will be released on September 16 via Relapse Records.
Coming off of recent production credits with Kreator, Soulfly, and Show Me The Body, Rizk needs no introduction. His past work and expertise behind the boards with Power Trip, Ghostemane, Code Orange’s Grammy nominated album, Forever, Sacred Reich, and many others has blown minds for over a decade, but it’s Sumerlands that truly fulfills his dream of melancholic chug.
The Sabbath-inspired haze of their 2016, self-titled debut, has been turbocharged with bigger riffs; distinct, Jan Hammer-worthy synths; and forays into Badlands-gone-doom. Although doom crackles at the edges of Dreamkiller, this is classic, melodic metal forged with the melodrama of the Scorpions, the emotional heft of Foreigner, with an extra dose of depression.
The album’s galloping lead single and title track, “Dreamkiller,” is an uptempo tour-de-force with an instrumental break and a festival-worthy chorus.
Rizk elaborates: “The ‘Dreamkiller’ instrumental section was inspired by Elton John’s ‘Funeral For a Friend’ which has the most evil sounding Bach-like guitar harmonies. I was drawing from the epic-ness of that song, as well as Judas Priest’s ‘Stained Class’ and Billy Joel’s ‘Movin’ Out,’ which, to me, all typify that big, ’70’s sound.”
Sumerlands is: Brendan Radigan (vocals), Justin DeTore (drums), John Powers (guitar), Brad Raub (bass), and Arthur Rizk (guitar and synth).
Dreamkiller track listing:
1. Twilight Points The Way
2. Heavens Above
4. Night Ride
5. Edge Of The Knife
6. Force Of A Storm
7. The Savior’s Lie
8. Death To Mercy
Watch the video for “Dreamkiller” here:
Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Woollard