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Sujo – “Ondan” – [Inam Records]


This Indiana solo project (‘Ryan’), by no means making his KFJC debut here, describes his music as black (and doom) metal-influenced. To me, though, it seems this influence is slight, like Sujo are to black metal what Nadja are to doom, using a few of metal’s structural elements to beef up what’s basically shoegaze, or post-rock, or whatever we’re calling it now here in the looney bin. I like this 2013 album (actually an expanded EP) so much because of how it diverges from the ‘metalgaze’ of the year’s other release, ‘Repent,’ in favor of a dreamy, atmospheric indifference. Some of its occasional drumming provides its only reminders of metal (on t.1, 4+5), and even then it was Xasthur I thought of. The rhythms of t.3 sound more industrial than anything else, and the rest (t.2,6) leans more toward dark ambient. Even the tracks containing conventional structures (metallic or otherwise) spend at least half their time overwhelmed by massive hums and buzzes. I’m not 100% sure if all this noise started at a guitar, just as I don’t know if the distortion and delay used to create it is digital, analog or some combination. I do know, however, that I thoroughly enjoyed spacing out to it. As with previous releases, there are no vocals, except a sort of low-volume panting buried in t.6. This is sedate enough that I don’t get to make a ‘Down, Sujo!’ joke, but Sujo does the narcotic abyss well enough that I don’t care, perhaps about anything.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on May 22, 2013 at 2:47 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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