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Sumeru - Summon Destroyer

Bruising Australian heavyweights Sumeru have released their new record, ‘Summon Destroyer’ through WormHoleDeath and on a limited cassette run on Medusa Crush recordings. Prepare to feel the rumblings of the earth itself beneath each mighty step of the Destroyer.

After the ritualistic hum of ‘Inanis Kultis’, the lumbering grooves of ‘The Temple’ come striding from olden places, and a mesmerising Eastern vibe begins to flow. Sumeru feel like the less esoteric parts of Mastodon given new life, each song vibrating with a primal thunder and power. There are also little moments that are reminscient of the dreamier end of stoner doom, like Baroness. The chugging, droning title track creates a rend in the universe from whence flows the Mastodonian worship of ‘Embrace the Cold’, while the polished enormity of ‘Durga! Durga!’ is a wondrous shrine built to the greatest of the Neurosisian riffing. The best surprise is the gloomy violins of the introspective closer, ‘A New Ritual’, which is the strongest piece on an album full of good tracks.

‘Summon Destroyer’ is an album that doesn’t necessarily sound like anything new; in fact it is this mighty grasp upon the metal of old and the addition of a nice, raspy guitar tone that makes Sumeru such a grand prospect. But they aren’t just a one riff pony, and in fact their mighty roar hides a fragile heaviness.