ALBUM REVIEW: SUMAC – The Healer | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 21.06.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

When frontman Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom) formed SUMAC he set out with the intention of writing “the heaviest music” he’d ever created, and for those of us who still live in hope of an Isis reunion, The Healer scratches some of that itch.

While they don’t completely base their identity on being The Melvins (we’re looking at you Boris), there are a lot of moments here that could be outtakes from Bullhead, albeit with modern production values, and I am here for it. Feedback-drenched solitary guitar passages provide serene moments of contemplation before catapulting us into thick walls of solid sound. Cacophonous drumming combined with career-peak vocal delivery make for an unmissable meditative metal masterpiece.

 

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