What One Becomes

Sumac - What One Becomes
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #289 / 763
User Score
Based on 30 ratings
2016 Ratings: #244
June 10, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
Sludge Metal / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club
It’s hard to imagine a better metal record coming out this year.
78
Pitchfork
Sumac are pushing metal in a direction so uncomfortable it may cease to be metal, into an openness that isn't about saying “FUCK YOU!” the loudest. The result is some of his most exciting work since Isis disbanded.
70
The Line of Best Fit
Sumac are an original voice in metal, and we certainly need more of that. However, as they currently stand, they're merely good. Really, the only thing stopping them from greatness is a lack of self-editing.
70
Exclaim!
The bull-headed pace and dense riffing remain, but the songs are augmented by a more visceral and disorienting take on the trio's bestial brand of metal.
70
AllMusic
The album is an intense, unpredictable experience, but it seems to progress naturally, and it never feels like they're throwing in esoteric parts just to show off their technical abilities. It's challenging and confrontational, but it's still engaging and relatable.
60
The Skinny
There’s real heart buried underneath SUMAC’s furious, deafening bleakness; it can just feel like a serious excavation job to locate it.
xdgcx
80
This albums greatest achievement isn't so much it's experimentation but it's incredible songwriting. The vocals and production can be tiresome for it's lack of range but still a rewarding experience overall.
EMR
62
The supergroup Sumac is back with their sophomore album release after quite the successful debut album last year. What One Becomes brings out frontman Aaron Turner in his most sluggish, destructive approach to sludge-metal, in a dark and oppressive experience that transcends anything he's done before in terms of sheer power. This album contains only five tracks with extensive lenghts that show the band's primmary proposals: to cast obscure shadows of distorted feedback upon blazing percussions ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#20/Red Bull
#34/Decibel
#43/Sputnikmusic

Track List

  1. Image of Control
  2. Rigid Man
  3. Clutch of Oblivion
  4. Blackout
  5. Will to Reach
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