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Suma: Ashes

Album Review

Swedish sludge crew recall their darkest hour

Not many bands reissue their third album, but having already sold out of several pressings, and ahead of its follow-up album, 2010’s Ashes – now with new artwork and a new label – stands as the apex of the Swedes’ predatory powers.

Its caustic sludge still contains a surprisingly despair-inducing potency given just how stripped back it is. Headwound splits open with a suitably insurrectionary quote calling for mass murder, setting the tone for the five elongated exercises in suffering and visions of a nightmarishly dystopian future that follow. 


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