SUMAC
What One Becomes


5.0
classic

Review

by rafalafa USER (3 Reviews)
June 4th, 2016 | 158 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: SUMAC has surpassed their debut in every way and eschew any claim that the band is just a side-project afterthought.

SUMAC have returned just over a year since their debut, 'The Deal,' showcasing a more diverse sound and greater depth in songwriting. If 'The Deal' was a collaborative fusion between the three musicians involved, 'What One Becomes' is a singular entity with three branches. What Aaron Turner, Nick Yacyshyn, and Brian Cook have brought this time around isn't just a progression, the trio prove that SUMAC isn't just a side project, but a fully-realized juggernaut.

Proof of the band working as one is literally the opening statement of the album; with a single hit from all three members, 'Image Of Control' aims to discard the notion that Aaron Turner is leading the show. As the song progresses, each musician is given a moment to announce their arrival, before continuing as a unit regularly.

The controlled chaos found in the interplay between Yacyshyn's heroics on drums, Turner's guitar, and Cook's bass will make sure time-signature nerds will be sated, and the more frenzied moments of the album, specifically mid-way through centerpiece 'Clutch of Oblivion,' give a run to any of the greatest moments in mathcore. But, rest assured the album is no exhibition in prog-wankery.

Kurt Ballou, producer and guitarist of hardcore band Converge, assumed production and mixing duties for the album and has made the most of the decision to record the album in an abandoned Catholic church in Anacortes, Washington. What results is a foreboding and enveloping sonic barrage that takes what should be an open and breathing sound and makes it creeping and constrictive, as if each riff and bass pedal hit are the pounding waves of a castle siege.

While 'The Deal' was book-ended by quiet moments, 'What One Becomes' has them interspersed within each song, providing respite and an anticipation as the memorable moments of the album build. 'Blackout,' the 17-minute epic of the album, plays with listeners and builds in an almost anxiety-inducing way for the first 10-minutes of before exploding in an ecstatic release that is followed by a coddling wail of Turner's guitar and a send-off that massages the tension away.

With such a short time between albums it would be easy to assume 'What One Becomes' to be a continuation of 'The Deal.' However, Turner, Yacyshyn, and Cook have surpassed their debut in every way and eschew any claim that SUMAC is just an afterthought for the musicians. In fact, 'What One Becomes' is a new high in their careers and is a standout album of the year.


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rafalafa
June 4th 2016


34 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've been waiting for a stream to post.



http://www.theprp.com/2016/06/03/news/sumac-baptists-ex-isis-etc-streaming-new-album-one-becomes/

LordePots
June 4th 2016


37695 Comments


lol 5 come on

tempest--
June 4th 2016


20356 Comments


bro aaron turner is a god everything he touches is a 5 obv

Flugmorph
June 4th 2016


16704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

HPYE

Digging: Brian Eno - Ambient 4: On Land

Totengott
June 4th 2016


4118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rips.

XingKing
June 4th 2016


12228 Comments


I didn't realize this was coming out so soon. Hopefully it's better than the debut.

FearThyEvil
June 4th 2016


15161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is pretty fucking awesome

jesterhead92
June 4th 2016


3366 Comments


Wow didn't even know about this until now, dunno how I missed it. First one was rad

oltnabrick
June 5th 2016


35835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the song they released as a single for this was really good, want to listen to this a lot.





the mamiffer album from this year was also pretty good

FearThyEvil
June 5th 2016


15161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Clutch of Oblivion rips

Underflow
June 5th 2016


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This redefines heaviness.

wacknizzle
June 5th 2016


14514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules ye

johnnyblaze
June 5th 2016


2947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been waiting for a stream. fuck yesss.



Rigid Man is so good.

TheBarber
June 5th 2016


3514 Comments


opener keeps it massive and bleak, digging a lot

Wizard
June 5th 2016


20089 Comments


Doubt this is a five but I know it will be great. Turner never fails.

Relinquished
June 5th 2016


36268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea his track record as of late is phenomenal

GriftGift
June 6th 2016


151 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I proclaim this here to be the best hardcore album I have ever heard...yeah I said it. It is very heavy yet it moves with such purpose. It has the girth of heavy- lead fat, yet can outrun a cheetah. Smart lyrics, superb arrangements, and the best mixing you can achieve. It never sinks into the sludge....it runs across it.

oltnabrick
June 6th 2016


35835 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah ok , this is really good



the last two minutes of "Rigid Man".. . weeeeeeeew

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2016


1627 Comments


Debut was alright, very keen to give this a spin.

bnelso55
June 6th 2016


1227 Comments


Need to hear this. I liked the ideas I heard in Rigid Man back when it first released.



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