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Sumac — The Deal

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★☆ This was a surprise, considering that almost half of this band is Aaron Turner, the second-hardest working man in metal, and judging from his recent efforts, a confirmed audio sociopath. But rather than an assault of antisocial noise, this is a dirty yet progressive slab of musical rage. It’s somewhere between Isis (natch), Old Man Gloom (natch), and The Jesus Lizard (huh?) The result is almost impossible to turn away from, compelling and unique and satisfying. The sole source of familiarity — Aaron Turner’s signature vocals — are perhaps the album’s weak spot, but that’s me nitpicking halfheartedly. A high three stars here.