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Montreal, QC – December 22, 2017
For fans of Emperor, Gorgoroth, Marduk
Out Now! Available On CD – Colorado Black Metal SAR ISATUM Debut Album “Shurpu”
Available From Death Portal Studio
Digital Release Nov 17th, CD Release Dec 22nd
Denver CD Launch Show Dec 22nd @ Globe Hall w/ Crafteon and more!
L-R – CC – Bass, JP Dalkhu – Drums, Demothi – Vocals (Photo Credit: Matthew Zinke)
Unleashing their debut album “Shurpu” digitally last month on November 17th, symphonic black metal trio SAR ISATUM have now made available their new release on physical CD as of Dec 22nd via Death Portal Studio here and the band’s big cartel store here.
Drummer JP Dalkhu comments:
“We have finally released our full length debut album Shurpu, we put a lot of hard work into it and are honored to share it to the black metal world.”
To listen to the “Shurpu” album stream, please visit the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9snW8mARY4
Digital album order available on Bandcamp here.
Creating music for themselves, not copying what has come before, fans of various styles of black metal will find much to appreciate in SAR ISATUM‘s debut album “Shurpu”. The release features seven blistering tracks that are ethereal, nefarious, abhorrent, and cryptic. The concept of the album is a loose collection of stories told from an omnipotent source to establish Sar Isatum, the Lord’s of fire perception of the world and thusly announce their entry into it through “Shurpu” a purification by fire.
In additional news, SAR ISATUM will be hosting a local CD launch show on December 22nd in Denver, CO at Globe Hall to celebrate the album’s release. SAR ISATUM will be supported by fellow Denver H.P. Lovecraft inspired black metallers Crafteon and Kansas City’s Nefirum. Full details can be found here.
Drummer Dalkhu comments:
“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.”
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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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 eschew 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, 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.
Lyrically, Demothi of Sar Isatum very much ploughs his own furrow, creating songs that feel as though they have always existed, a part of the fabric of space and time. “Sar Isatum’s lyrics are inspired by native folklore, science fiction, historical events, extraterrestrial theory and the reimagining of biblical happenings from outside points- of- view.”
(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
“Sar Isatum is Sumerian, meaning “King of Fire”, and they even incorporate lyrical themes therefrom. Combined with their own majestic vistas of the Rocky Mountains, the combination makes for mighty sweepingly soaring black metal.” – No Clean Singing
“Sar Isatum are not messing about…Great symphonic black does not find its way onto my radar as often as it should these days but the ritualistic drumming leading into a blistering, well produced assault of technical obsidian majesty felt like a clarion-call charge into battle and served well as a savage statement of intent.” – Black Metal Daily
“Sar Isatum may be unknown, but they know how to kick derriere and that’s exactly what their Shurpu debut does…. have left a positive impression and placed themselves on the radar as a US black metal band worth keeping a close eye on.” – Angry Metal Guy
“The trio, JP Dalkhu, Damothi and CC conjure up a pretty tight sound, precisely delivered drum work, brutal, technical blackened riffing, a crushingly dark underlying groove, slick direction switching and an acerbic vocal delivery, what’s not to like!” – Metal Talk
“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 Grim Reader
“Sar Isatum’s debut album marks a very mature and well defined sound for the band. It really shouldn’t be a first album, and therefore shows too much promise. Songs may cross over each other but they tread on themselves in a fast horde of fiercely proud evil. Shurpu is a effortlessly proud album ready to stand its own amongst the rest of the horned dragons of Black Metal. There will be a lot more from Sar Isatum.” – Noizze UK
“the band has assembled a collection of gripping songs with good variation on their 35-minute debut” – Gorger’s Metal
“Taking a cue from the classic Norwegian black metal crowd, Sar Isatum is an intense explosion of black metal fury backed by a melodic symphonic, and slightly theatrical, atmosphere. It’s unrelenting on all fronts. While the intensity is unending, the songs are also well structured with infectious riffing that keeps your attention and easily worms into your gooey brain.This album fucking kills. It’s nice to hear some awesomely ferocious and nasty black metal coming out of my home state.” – Metal Marks The Spot
Denver Westword: Sar Isatum: Black Metal Drummer Has a Rocky Mountain High
It’s a skillful debut that symphonic black metal fans should take note of.