Sumerlands has returned from the astral plane with another powerful collection of timeless, addict-filled hits: Dreamkiller. In the driver’s seat is famed producer and guitarist Arthur Rizk who polished these eight metallic gems at Redwood Studios in Philadelphia with his brothers in Sumerlands. After recent production credits with Kreator, Soulfly and Show Me The Body, Rizk needs no introduction. His past work and behind-the-scenes expertise with Power Trip, Ghostemane, Code Orange’s Grammy-nominated album, Forever, Sacred Reich and many more has blown minds for over a decade. But it’s Sumerlands that truly fulfills its melancholic chug dream.
The Sabbath-inspired haze of their 2016 S/T debut was turbocharged with bigger riffs, distinct Jan Hammer-worthy synths, and forays into Badlands gone doom. But though the doom crackles around the edges of Dreamkiller, it’s classic melodic metal wrought with the melodrama of the Scorpions, the emotional weight of Foreigner, with an added dose of depression.
The galloping lead single and title track from the album “Dreamkiller,” out now, is a rhythmic tour de force with an instrumental break and a festival-worthy chorus.
Rizk explains, “The instrumental section of ‘Dreamkiller’ was inspired by Elton John’s ‘Funeral For A Friend’ which has the most perverted Bach-like guitar harmonies. I was pulling from the epic of that song, as well as Judas Priest’s ‘Stained Class’ and Billy Joel’s ‘Movin’ Out’ which to me all typify that great 70s sound.”
Watch the “Dreamkiller” music video below.
The band’s chemistry is on full display throughout Dreamkiller as bassist Brad Raub (Eternal Champion) smiles behind his P-Bass while drummer Justin DeTore (Innumerable Forms, Dream Unending) stares at you while rocking. New vocalist Brendan Radigan (Pagan Altar, Magic Circle) sings vividly about lost souls in a world gone mad. Rizk and guitarist John Powers (Eternal Champion) keep their “Strats only” policy intact while rolling in the full Marshall stacks to douse the record with glorious solos (witness the album-closing duel of “Death to Mercy”) .
Don’t get me wrong, Dreamkiller is full of traditional metal fuel. After an amicable parting with original vocalist Phil Swanson, the Sumerlands dug deeper into their secret well of cathartic riffing to create a planet-wide “Running around like the bells they chime” soundtrack. Sing, dream, Dreamkiller kills them all!
“Twilight Shows the Way”
“Force of a Storm”
“The Savior’s Lie”
“Death to Mercy”
Brendan Radigan (Vocal)
Justin DeTore (Drums)
John Powers (Guitar)
Brad Raub (bass)
Arthur Rizk (guitar/synth)
(Photo – Jaclyn Woollard)