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Montreal, QC – November 1, 2017
For fans of Emperor, Gorgoroth, Marduk
Decibel Mag Premiere Colorado Black Metal Masters SAR ISATUM New Track “Chenoo”
Debut Album “Shurpu” Digital Release Nov 17th, CD Release Dec 22nd
L-R – CC – Bass, JP Dalkhu – Drums, Demothi – Vocals (Photo Credit: Matthew Zinke)
Two things always contribute to creating epic original black metal. One is location, and by being based in Colorado, the Rocky Mountains provide the ideal canvas for technical symphonic black metal band SAR ISATUM to sweep broad musical brush strokes across a vast vista, musically, mentally, and physically.
The second is lyrical inspiration. SAR ISATUM eschews all the usual flogged-to-death lyrical clichés of black metal to take inspiration from a variety of sources. The very name SAR ISATUM comes from the Sumerian dialect. It means ‘King of Fire.’ Indeed, both the Sumerian and Annunaki empires provide strong lyrical inspiration.
Inspired by Emperor, Dark Funeral, Gorgoroth, Sothis and Craft, band member J.P Dalkhu describes SAR ISATUM’s music as “ethereal, nefarious, repugnant, abhorrent, cryptic.”
SAR ISATUM have high expectations of their upcoming debut album “Shurpu”, but at the same time, SAR ISATUM create music for themselves, not copying what has come before, but fans of various styles of black metal will find much to appreciate here. As Dalkhu so lyrically says SAR ISATUM create “a variation of extreme and atmospheric black metal as if one went through a burning battlefield and witnessed horrid devastation.” Dalkhu feels that this is the best band its members have ever been a part of and are constantly evolving as musicians.
Teaming up with Decibel Magazine, SAR ISATUM are sharing with fans their second single “Chenoo”.
The band comments:
“Chenoo is the second song of the album, it’s a completely different from the first self titled track on the album, it’s a devastating track from beginning to end, Chenoo is about the evil man-eating ice giants of northern Wabanaki legends. A Chenoo was once a human being who either became possessed by an evil spirit or committed a terrible crime (especially cannibalism or withholding food from a starving person), causing his heart to turn to ice. In a few legends a human has been successfully rescued from the frozen heart of a Chenoo, but usually once a person has been transformed into a Chenoo, their only escape is death.”
Listen to “Chenoo” at the following link: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2017/11/01/track-premiere-sar-isatum-chenoo/
“Shurpu” will be released digitally on November 17th and on CD December 22nd. Pre-order available on Bandcamp here.
For those in the Denver, CO area, SAR ISATUM will be performing with Belphegor, Cryptopsy, Panzerfaust, and Mount Cairn on November 19th at the Roxy Theatre. Full details can be found here.
“We are gonna get on stage and take it on like a battle in a war. Expect an intense live show from us, like a fire destroying everything in its path.” says Dalkhu.
1. Sar Isatum (8:06)
2. Chenoo (3:13)
3. Black Gate (4:52)
4. Gormandizer (5:34)
5. Celestial Diaspora (5:27)
6. Vanaspati (4:04)
7. Halls of Pestilence (4:41)
Album Length: 36:01
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(bio written by Steve Earles)
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“Combining symphonic, atmospheric and pummeling elements of black metal history, the band conjures an impressive battle cry that any grim fan can easily connect with.” – Metal Injection