May You Be Held

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Thrill Jockey

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Picking up where the band left off with their critically acclaimed ‘Love in Shadow’, the trio of Aaron Turner (ISIS, Old Man Gloom), Brian Cook (Russian Circles) and Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists) push further into the polarity of their sound with longform composition and freeform exploration.

Meticulously detailed and complex one moment, rudimentary and repetitive the next and completely untethered and unscripted at seemingly random, ‘May You Be Held’ is an album that fluctuates between extreme discipline and control and an almost feral energy. “As an artist in this time of significant upheaval, society seemingly having reached the end of its current iteration, it’s of critical importance to absorb and interpret this process of dissolution - and of the transformation that hopefully follows it” says Turner, “While I don’t believe we’re on the brink of collective destruction precisely now, this is clearly a pivotal stage in the story of humankind - and there is something that feels right about this music at this exact and very uncertain moment.”

Available on tan with black splatter vinyl, black vinyl and CD, packaged in wide spine jacket with high gloss slipcase. Vinyl formats include digital download cards.

“Exacting, weapons-grade, military-trained, merciless” - Rolling Stone

“One of this year’s most audacious metal statements” - Pitchfork

“For over two decades, Aaron Turner has been on the front lines of intelligent forward-thinking heavy music” - Revolver


Barry says: Aaron Turner has seen some action hasn't he? Lotus Eaters, Old Man Gloom, Mammifer and of course, Isis. All of them are uncompromising in their own way but Sumac is possibly his most scathing outlet yet. Brutal, beautiful and surprising.


A Prayer For Your Path
May You Be Held
The Iron Chair
Laughter And Silence

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