Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Somnuri - S/T

Somnuri have rapidly made a name for themselves as one of the most intense and fascinating bands in the varied Brooklyn metal scene. These sludge 'n' roll masterminds have unleashed track after track of bludgeoning, riff filled goodness, featuring a variety of vocal styles, potent song structures and so much more. Somnuri's self titled debut is the sort of thing that you can really sink your teeth into and which will remind you again and again why we spend so much time digging into what the underground music scene is all about.

There is something strangely addictive about this band, the way that they careen forward and their sort of carefree ability to simply crush it. There is a pummeling beauty to the sonic assault of theese tracks and an unrelenting ability to crack skulls one punishing riff at a time. Yet despite the depth of the songwriting on this record there is also more than enough to take in on the first listen. In fact, the potential here seems to be that if the band could spend even more time in the studio then they could put something together so wonderfully multi layered that there would be no real escape from the beast that they have unleashed.

The fact that songs of this depth are crafted with such simple poetry and have such wonderful mass to them makes me realize that these guys are tapped into something deeper. There is a sublime crush to what Somnuri holds for the listener and while it may not be as developed as it could be yet you get the sense that there is so much more to come. I'm curious to hear these guys grow their work as we delve ever deeper into the punishing sonic graveyards of sludge metal and find strange new paths forward.

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