Label: Thrill Jockey
Genre: Post-Metal, Sludge Metal
Since the disbanding of Isis (the band), Aaron Turner has kept himself busy, working with his wife on her Mamiffer project and with his own heavy metal supergroup, Old Man Gloom. But in recent times, he’s been focused on Sumac, a band whose intention for Turner was to create the heaviest music he’s ever written, and it shows. Working with Nick Yacyshyn (drummer for Baptists) and Brian Cook (bassist for Russian Circles, ex-Botch), Sumac have already released two albums in the two years they’ve been together thus far, the latest one What One Becomes being their most intense and devastating work to date. It may not be an easy listen for newcomers (the album’s theme is about dealing with anxiety and 4 out of the 5 songs are around the 10-minute mark), but it certainly raises some exciting questions on where Sumac (and indeed Turner) goes next in the future.