Sludge metal trio Somnuri new single/visualiser ‘Death Is The Beginning’

New York sludge metal trio Somnuri have unleashed their latest single with accompanying visualiser, ‘Death Is The Beginning’. The staggering new hymn serves as the opening track to the band’s upcoming third full-length, Desiderium, set for release on 21st July via MNRK Heavy.

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Notes drummer Phil SanGiacomo on the track: “‘Death Is The Beginning’ was the first song we tracked for our new album, Desiderium. From the start, it felt like it had to be the opening track; it sets the tone and energy of the record right away.”

Adds vocalist/guitarist Justin Sherrell: “The lyrics touch on one of the main themes of the record, which is the feeling of living multiple lives or experiencing multiple realities. More specifically, this song explores the idea of recurring hardship and the cyclical nature of life and death.”

Somnuri do not keep their feet planted in surface reality. The band’s flavour of heavy metal stomps from genre to genre with the fervour and confidence of a band ready to cross thresholds of all that’s perceivable and possible. Composed of lead guitarist and singer Justin Sherrell, drummer Phil SanGiancomo, and bassist Mike G, they’ve earned attention from publications including Revolver Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan, Metal Sucks, Metal Hammer, and others and their latest effort is a true testament to the band’s insatiable work ethic, cementing them as one of heavy metal’s most exciting emerging acts.

Building off their previous two LPs, Somnnuri have spent the last several years hard at work writing riffs and letting their ideas distill in a marathon session of putting the songs together. The final product is Desiderium, an odyssey through a black hole of sounds and heaviness. Recorded at Gojira’s Silver Cord Studios, mixed by Justin Mantooth at Westend Studios, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Mastering. Weaving their way seamlessly through a variety of tempos and sounds, the band give some well-trodden genres new roads to travel. Sherrell’s voice is insanely versatile, both able to deliver soul-filled clean vocals and some grim screams. It’s the perfect counterpoint to the band’s instrumentals, weaving a ladder between sludge, grunge, psych-rock and more.

Front to back, the abundant ideas and soundscapes turn Somnuri’s Desiderium into a prism of sound. Every song is an amalgamation of what makes rock kinetic, bridging a gap between acts like Helmet, Karp, Handsome, and Quicksand with the sonic journeys of Isis or Jesu. It’s this thirst for exploration that makes Somnuri who they are: they’re an ascendant band, not constrained by any label or descriptor.

Somnuri are:
Justin Sherrell | Vocals / Guitar
Phil SanGiacomo | Drums
Mike G | Bass

Photo Credit: Somnuri

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