I, YOUR LIEGE
It’s been a celebratory month of self-congratulatory pats on the back here at the MS Mansion; Decibel name-checked “Sumeriancore” in a full-page feature on Veil of Maya and Sumerian Records co-owner / ex-Reflux vocalist / Sumeriancore creator Ash Avildsen acknowledged the term in an interview with AP.* Next in our sites: Rolling Stone.
As for those dudes at The Number of the Blog, well, they were so enamored of the term from the get-go that they created their very own regularly recurring Sumeriancore Sunday column. And their latest featurette spotlights a band called I, Your Liege who hail from our very backyard in New York City; why we haven’t heard of this band yet is a mystery to me. But I’m thankful for the opportunity to discover them, ’cause I, Your Liege are pretty good; their brand of Sumeriancore utilizes atmospherics and non-traditional song structures instead of an over-reliance on breakdowns and shred (though the band members have got plenty of chops and certainly utilize both in limited measures). Think: more Conducting From the Grave, less Born of Osiris… with the sonic texturing of Shels.
*Although his crusade to get kids to start buying CDs en masse again is a total head-scratcher… especially for a label whose target demo is so adept at piracy.