Sumerian Records Is Awesome

The young label Sumerian, started in 2006, has already gained my attention as if they were a seasoned signer.  With bands like Asking Alexandria, I See Stars, Born Of Osiris, The Faceless, Stick To Your Guns, and several other up-and-coming artists in the heavy metal and pop rock circles, they are growing quickly.  They have even signed 20+ year rapper Bizzy Bone, of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony fame.  All of this is interesting enough, but the whole Sumerian/Ancient Culture theme has more of my attention.  Themes from the ancient world are prevalent in several of the bands’ lyrics and art.  The new Bizzy Bone album Crossroads 2010 displays Egyptian pyramids and aliens on the cover, suggesting a connection to a recently heightened belief about the world, which is a completely different story.  But it all goes back to the first recorded civilization of the world, Sumer, after which the label is named.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just the three (Born Of Osiris, The Faceless, Bizzy Bone) that push my attention in this direction.  Maybe I’m just another conspiracy theorist waiting to happen. Either way, check them out, it’s a good label making good music.

featuring guest appearances from some surprisingly non-hip-hop artists

Scurrilous; The Discovery; Celestial Completion; Hypersleep Dialogues; Yes

Ok, I know it seems like all I’ve done so far is complaining about new music, I figured I would go over several recent releases altogether so perhaps I’ll have some good things to say as well.

First new release that I personally have been waiting for is the new album Scurrilous by the Canadian Progressive Metal Band Protest The Hero.  I love this band and couldn’t wait for this to come out, and then I think I didn’t really like it.  They have a signature style in their first two releases that are based around playing off-tempo, sometimes confusing musical pieces, but in Scurrilous, I found little of this.  It’s still a fantastic album, don’t get me wrong, but I think they should have kept that chaotic writing style, especially because that’s what their true fans like.  Other than that, it’s still a beautiful album and you should probably just listen for yourself.

The second album I was waiting for was The Discovery by Illinois’ Born of Osiris.  They, too, have a crazy style about them, and on this, its been taken to the next level.  Their mathcore deathcore blend thing they had been using in the past has been blended with more progressive elements to make a pretty awesome sound.  I recommend it if you like the heavier sort of progressive.  I should probably save my rant about their label Sumerian for a later post, because, seriously, wow.

The third, if you like the sort of thing, is the new release from Georgia-based ‘super-religious but still awesome’ metal band Becoming The Archetype.  The album Celestial Completion is the closest thing I could ever have imagined the perfect union of massive breathtaking Gospel Choir and bone-crushing Death Metal to be.  Also pretty progressive, it’s worth it straight listen-through, but that’s just me.

Hmm let’s see, Emmure released another album.  Yay.  Speaker of the Dead is just more of the same tough-guy nonsense that you can expect from these guys.  No, I haven’t listened to it all the way though, I’ve just had enough of this band, and they released an album just last year.  I don’t see how they, no offense, can have made an entire decent album in a year.  Take it or leave it.

In a feeble attempt to capitalize in some way from the loss of arguably their best band, super-amazing progressive metal outfit Between The Buried And Me, Victory Records has decided to release a ‘greatest-hits’ for the band, who has released maybe four or five albums.  They may be amazing, but the two disc plus DVD set almost includes all of their work.  These albums were meant to be heard in the order the artist put them, so why not just get the whole things in order to hear what was meant to be heard?  This ‘greatest-hits’ scam seems helpful, but if you like Between The Buried And Me, you’re probably have experience with the music world, like me, and you know better.  Get their albums (especially Colors) and have your mind blown up.  Also, under their new label Metal Blade, they release their new e.p. The Parallax:  Hypersleep Dialogues later in April. I know it’s an e.p. but it’s still new original music, so it’s probably good.

BTBAM EP

Releases April 12