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Formed by an all-star cast of scene veterans, heavy metal force SUMERLANDS burst out of the gates with a fully-formed sound on their Guardian demo in 2014. The band’s sound is one that calls to mind the most learned heavy metal ancestors and the most forward-thinking newcomers: one that sounds old but it feels new. In its short existence, the band has already garnered widespread praise from the likes of Sputnik Music, No Clean Singing, and Pitchfork, the latter of which stated that “Sumerlands sound like Cirith Ungol and every lost 80s American power metal band on steroids of steel, getting swole and flexing their might.”

Now, SUMERLANDS are set to explode with their incredible self-titled debut album of classic heavy metal. Inspired by the timeless guitar-driven sound of the 70’s & 80’s, SUMERLANDS feature former Hour of 13 / Atlantean Kodex vocalist Phil Swanson and renowned producer Arthur Rizk (Inquisition, Power Trip, Pissgrave) on guitars and behind the boards! Powerful guitar riffs and galloping rhythms meld flawlessly together with soaring vocals and pristine production to create strong, hook-filled, moody anthems. This is a new wave of American Heavy Metal at its finest!

SUMERLANDS are:
Phil Swanson – Vocals
Arthur Rizk – Guitar & Synths
Justin De Tore – Drums
John Powers – Guitar
Brad Raub – Bass

Official links:
Sumerlands on Facebook
Sumerlands on Bandcamp

ARTIST UPDATES
  • SUMERLANDS Premiere Second Single “Seventh Seal” at Cvlt Nation sumerlands Old-school heavy metal revivalists SUMERLANDS have just shared a new song from their forthcoming self-titled debut (out this September 16 via Relapse)! “Seventh Seal” has premiered via Cvlt Nation, who commented that the “band creates the kind of catchy rock anthems that will have throwing up your HORNS!” Rock out to “Seventh Seal” now at this location or via Soundcloud ...
  • Sumerlands Sign To Relapse, Reveal Album Details & Share “The Guardian” at MetalSucks sumerlands-lp-cd-relapse Formed by an all-star cast of scene veterans, heavy metal force SUMERLANDS burst out of the gates with a fully-formed sound on their Guardian demo in 2014. The band’s sound is one that calls to mind the most learned heavy metal ancestors and the most forward-thinking newcomers: one that sounds old but it feels new. In its short existence, the ...
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