Somnuri: Leans towards their sludge metal roots…..

Somnuri – Desire Lines

Brooklyn progressive sludge trio Somnuri unnerving animated video for their third single Desire Lines. Their new album Nefarious Wave will be released on June 4th through Blues Funeral Recordings.

The band states, «Whereas their latest videos Beyond Your Last Breath and Tooth & Nail showcased our more aggressive and sludgecore-driven facet, Desire Lines leans towards our sludge metal roots, with director Dima Drjuchin’s giving the song a weird and trippy dimension by filling it with plenty of emotional switch-ups. Desire Lines has to do with the idea that if you always seek the path of least resistance, you may end up feeling life has passed you by. It’s about not having regret. The video is a mind-fuck. Animator and director Dima Drjuchin captured the vibe of the song so well. It feels warm and inviting at first but something is looming and it ultimately goes to a much darker place. It certainly takes the viewer on a ride and fans of heavy, psychedelic music and art should dig it.

Brooklyn, NY’s sludge metal juggernauts Somnuri arise has as mentioned above unleash the video Beyond Your Last Breath.

Somnuri`s sound weaves together breakneck energy, infectious melodies and slow-burning aggression, a cacophony of bludgeoning riffs and pounding grooves that shares DNA with High On Fire, Mastodon, Torche, even Soundgarden.  Elements of the city surface throughout: brutality and spaciousness, stark dissonance, and delicate hush. Beyond Your Last Breath takes a proggy, tech-y, and punk-infused approach to sludge with hints of Southern rock riffage and melodic, harmony-laden hooks describe Brooklyn Vegan editors.

About the video, drummer Phil SanGiacomo comments: «Beyond Your Last Breath is about the cyclical and intertwined nature of life and death, and how the struggle to survive and find light can bring you to the brink of darkness and beyond. The video, directed by Susan Hunt of Five Sigma Films, weaves through a dreamlike environment and shows both the grittiness and beauty of Brooklyn and New York City, all through a surrealistic lens. The song also ties into the greater theme of the Nefarious Wave album title, which alludes to a process that repeats endlessly throughout time. The idea of facing that wave head-on is prevalent throughout the record».

A sprawling record full of time and tempo shifts, Nefarious Wave is a story of survival and resilience. As naysayers flee the city, claiming the scene is dead and will never be what it used to, Somnuri is alive, breathing, adapting and mutating into something greater, and continues to push the possibilities of heavy music and the ideals of how a DIY band fights for their place. Embodying their refusal to concede or compromise, Nefarious Wave is a reflection of their undeniable ethic, a devastating musical worldview ready for those willing to inhabit it with them.

Nefarious Wave was mixed by Phil SanGiacomo, and mastered by Justin Mantooth at Westend Recording Studios KC. The artwork was designed by Dani Otrajki. It will be released on June 4th, 2021 worldwide on various vinyl formats, CD and digital through Blues Funeral Recordings.

Track listening:

1. Tied To Stone

2. Tooth & Nail

3. Desire Lines

4. Beyond Your Last Breath

5. Watch The Lights Go Out

6. In The Grey

7. Nefarious Wave

Nothing burnishes heaviness like being a DIY band in Brooklyn. The strength of will to survive in New York inevitably seeps into the music, and toughens the musical character of those who persevere. SOMNURI started when two multi-instrumentalists sharing adjacent practice spaces heard like-minded styles and energies coming from next door. Justin Sherrell had played drums in Brooklyn bands Blackout, Tower, and Bezoar, but yearned to take on guitar and vocals. He heard Phil SanGiacomo (Family, Grandfather, Last Hours) pounding out polyrhythms through the wall and thought, ‘this could be the foundation of something awesome.

Hitting the pavement with an underground cannabis delivery service to fund the band’s beginnings immediately catalyzed their uncompromising ethos. SOMNURI self-released an ambitious and well-received debut LP in 2017, earning high marks from Decibel, Metal Injection, Invisible Oranges and Metalsucks, and powered ahead with a series of blistering shows. The arrival of bassist Philippe Arman (Tower, The Advertisers) in 2019 seemed to complete the band at last, with the addition of live vocal harmonies and slick yet thunderous low-end.

Somnuri is:

Justin Sherrell — guitars/vocals (also bass on the album)

Philippe Arman — bass

Phil SanGiacomo — drums


About Ulf Backstrøm (7437 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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