Sumac announce new album ‘May You Be Held’
Sumac -- the killer post-metal trio of Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom), Brian Cook (Russian Circles, Botch), and Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) -- have announced the followup to their great 2018 album Love In Shadow. It's called May You Be Held and it's due September 18 via Thrill Jockey. It was recorded with both Kurt Ballou of Converge and Matt Bayles (who helmed classics by both Isis and Botch). Aaron Turner said:
As an artist in this time of significant upheaval, society seemingly having reached the end of its current iteration, it’s of critical importance to absorb and interpret this process of dissolution - and of the transformation that hopefully follows it. While I don’t believe we’re on the brink of collective destruction precisely now, this is clearly a pivotal stage in the story of humankind - and there is something that feels right about this music at this exact and very uncertain moment.
Pre-orders will be live soon at this link, and you can check out the artwork and tracklist below. No music has been released from the album yet but stay tuned.
Sumac also released a live album recorded in 2018 at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Bandcamp last week, with proceeds going to a handful of charities. Stream that here:
1. A Prayer for Your Path
2. May You Be Held
3. The Iron Chair
5. Laughter and Silence
Speaking of Botch, frontman Dave Verellen said he "would love" to reunite but that "the odds are really low," and then Converge's Ben Koller said he's available if Botch reunite and need a drummer.