AOTY 2018

Love in Shadow

Sumac - Love in Shadow
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #241 / 705
User Score
Based on 22 ratings
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
Sludge Metal / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

As impressive and imposing The Deal and What One Becomes are, Love in Shadow stands in a league of its own. The change of perspective, the stylistic deviations and the smooth transitions between different modes make Love in Shadow appear as a pivotal record for the band.

85
Northern Transmissions

Sumac’s Love in Shadow is an engulfing maelstrom, tearing emotions to shreds and stitching them back together as a battered, yet newly invigorated, reborn homage to love in its various capacities for anguish and growth.

78
Pitchfork

A four-track, hour-long, monumental album that feels like the arrival of a band newly unbound.

72
Sputnikmusic

Love in Shadow is a startlingly unique addition to the band's catalog, and the most dynamic and interesting album that Aaron Turner has ever created.

70
AllMusic

The result is a bracing expression of visceral emotions that refuses to go the easiest, most comforting route, as well as the most focused Sumac album yet.

70
Rolling Stone

Its 66-minute run time is a mix of fragility and chaos, a delivery system for raw, visceral shocks of aggression.

Vitaminchick
70
Some interesting ideas but come on, this album could have been way shorter and focused.
73
phew first album done off of this big release day. starting with one of the harder albums this weekend and its pretty good. never a big fan of long ass songs, but its a nice one and done experience if you're into this kind of stuff
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#21/Treble

Track List

  1. The Task
  2. Attis' Blade
  3. Arcing Silver
  4. Ecstasy of Unbecoming
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