SUMA
Let the Churches Burn


4.5
superb

Review

by Displayed USER (4 Reviews)
October 29th, 2009 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prepare clean underwear, for this album will make you shit your pants

There are bands that do what they do because they like music. There are bands that do it for the money. There are others that do it as a way of political and social protest.

And there are a select group that do it as a mean of kicking massive ass, melting brains and because THEY ***ING CAN!

Guess in which group is Suma included?

Seriously, Let the Churches Burn is one of the most honest and destroying albums I've heard from the 21st century. This guys have a talent to make anything they play sound like...like rivers of molten lead descending from crimson clouds and covering the entire city.

Let the Churches Burn, the title track, is the best example of this and probably the best song off the album. After 3 minutes of slow build up, there is a precise moment, an atemporal second, when every instrument stops and then a huge, MASSIVE, JUGGERNAUT riff kicks in and destroys your body and soul. That single riff is probably the best way to describe the whole album: a prescence entering the room, oozing an opressive atmoshpere that will probably squash you to the floor and leave only a dark spot were your body used to be. The song shows variety, with a very nice (and unexpected) post-metalish build up at around 7 minutes, in true Isis and Pelican fashion. However, at minute 10, another, even more impressive riff breaks the dreamy section and takes the song back into badassery territory.

Slow, crushing Stoner/Doom metal is what abounds here, but Suma don't limit themselves to only one style. In fact, this guys make time for the more atmoshperic, post-metal sounds which are all over the record (I am the Spiritual Shepherd, Al Quinnab al Hindi, No, you're the Monkey); trippy jamming, sampling n' droning (...Seems you've Developed an Acid Toungue); and even some thrash....wait what? Hypno Assassin sounds like a slowed down version of Exodus and Beef is pure Heavy/Stoner mayhem.

The most impressive thing about this record is the fact that this band...is from Sweden.

Line-up, by the way:
Jovan - Vocals
Johan - Bass
Peter - Guitar
Erik - Drums

Frankly, I can't find any complain about the performance or the production in this album. Every riff is played A LOT, so there's plenty of time to enjoy each one of them and the tone of the guitar is just perfect, drawing as much from Skullflower as from Sleep. The bass is perfectly audible and a major prescence in every song, and the druming is quite good too, with lots of crash work and typical Stoner style.
A chapter apart deserves Jovan, the vocalist. His style is usually a scream in the vein of Electric Wizard, but his performance here is the best suiting I've heard in a Stoner/Doom album, ever.

I'll try to close this one here. The reason why I gave this a 4.5 score is that, in spite of not making anything (very) new, Suma has achieved what could be called the pinnacle of a style. Merging all the popular trends in extreme metal of this decade (Sludge, Drone, Doom, Post-Metal, some Thrash) this people have created a masterpiece. I can't explain how my neck hurt after I banged my head nonstop to the first two songs; how my mind started wandering during the darkness of Blood Pony; how I started solo-pogoing with Beef; how astonished I was with ...Acid Toungue....

....and how excited I was when I started listening from the first song all over again.


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joshuatree
Emeritus
October 29th 2009


3742 Comments


album slays

Transient
October 30th 2009


1471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool

Displayed
October 30th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes a 5



....and well deserved, this album is the best I've heard in this style

Displayed
October 30th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what style is that?




you know, Sleep, Electric Wizard, Acid King, Burning Witch, some Boris, to name a few

Displayed
October 30th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jesus. Come on man.



idk, Stoner/Doom Metal



I'm syre that if you listen to those bands, you'll probably recognize a common style

rasputin
October 31st 2009


14968 Comments


perhaps you should get to now the genre better, because this certainly isn't the best it has to offer

good to see this reviewed, nonetheless

Displayed
October 31st 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok, I've lowered the score a bit, it may be too soon to call it a classic.

My opinion about it is still the same, however.

AcidCaravan
June 5th 2014


490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fucking amazing band. And this is a great album. The next one, "Ashes", is even better (and, if possible, way HEAVIER and slooooww...)

harddrughartman
April 26th 2017


58 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album rips

farmerobama
March 19th 2020


195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The title track is one of nastiest doom tracks you will hear. Damn that riff is crushing,

Digging: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - K.G.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2020


5266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am slowly accepting the fact that I won't be seeing the guys live in May

Digging: PIG - Pain Is God



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