sumo cyco opus mar

Sumo Cyco – Opus Mar

The first track Anti-Anthem starts as a heavy song with a female-fronted Limp Bizkit feel at times that turns into a completely individual sound as it moves through. Frontwoman Sever combines screams and bubblegum-accented singing to form a bittersweet feel that works fantastically throughout until it is thrown away at around the two minute mark where the song turns into an electro-pop song for a while before reverting then changing to a piano ballad for a few bars and reverting again. The inconsistency leaves the song feeling somewhat empty, far from the advice of “keep on keeping on” that is repeated in Durst-style rap vocals panned far out on both sides in the mix. Not a good start.

Bizarre lyrical choices also strike the album down mid-flow like “if you think someone will save you, save yourself. If you think that time will heal you, heal yourself” which falls a bit flat for an otherwise functional chorus, but they have nothing on this: the introduction to fourth track Passengers sounds like Sumo Cyco been listening to a bit to much Absolution-era Muse (you’ll understand when you hear it, it sounds rather similar to a certain song…). It’s just far too obvious or coincidental to ignore, with an identical tone and everything. It’s not like they just use it as an introduction to anything either – the riff is everywhere through the song, including an electronically-butchered rendition in what structurally seems to be the breakdown.

The songs throughout are instrumentally and vocally sound for the mostpart – the issue is the electronic usage. Vocals with so many effects they sound like they’ve been through a Skrillex mix and out the other side just don’t work in the way the band think they should judging by the fact they’re on the album. Electronic instrumental sounds throughout as well do admittedly add a depth to the sound, but a large portion of the time they play it just ruins the otherwise heavy instruments.

Overall, Sumo Cyco haven’t developed all that much from the debut album back in 2014. Describing Opus Mar without using the words “screamo” or “scene” is difficult with raps and copious quantities of electronics, but the album isn’t bad for what it is. The third track Move Mountains ft. Benji Webbe sums it all up – it would sound better as a soundtrack for a new instalment for the Need For Speed franchise than it does as a serious music release… There are moments of brilliance but they are clouded over by the generally poor use of electronics and very, very strong “influences” that are apparent. Let’s just hope this doesn’t work out to be their magnum Opus!

Eva Plays Dead announced to support Devilskin & Sumo Cyco

If you’re wanting to see some UK artists shine this year, then you should be excited to hear that Eva Plays Dead will be a part of the upcoming Devilskin Sumo Cyco tour this March!

You can check out the dates below as well as the band!

14.03.17 Rebellion, Manchester
15.03.17 Think Tank, Newcastle
16.03.17 Classic Grand, Glasgow
17.03.17 The Live Rooms, Chester
18.03.17 Corporation, Sheffield
19.03.17 O2 Academy3, Birmingham
22.03.17 The Underworld, London
23.03.17 Rock City, Nottingham
24.03.17 Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
25.03.17 Talking Heads, Southampton

Sumo Cyco To Hit Road With Alien Ant Farm

Canada’s Sumo Cyco are all set to tour with Nu-metal titans Alien Ant Farm. The Skate-metal crew who have recently put out the video for track Anti-Anthem, will kick off the tour in Wakefield on October 18th. The band who are currently working on the follow up to 2014’s Lost In Cyco City had the following to say about the killer tour:

“If someone told me when I was 13 rocking out to Smooth Criminal in my bedroom that I’d be touring with Alien Ant Farm 15 years later in England, Ireland & Scotland, I never would’ve believed them! Life is crazy sometimes!”  – SEVER

Look out for new tunes from the band and catch them at any of the below dates.

Oct 18 Wakefield            Warehouse 23
Oct 19 Edinburgh            La Belle Angele
Oct 20 Aberdeen             Garage
Oct 21 Belfast                 Empire
Oct 22 Dublin                 Voodoo Lounge
Oct 24 Preston                53 Degrees
Oct 25 Bristol                  Marble Factory
Oct 26 Chester                 Live Rooms
Oct 27 Leamington Spa     Assembly
Oct 28 Southampton         Engine Rooms
Oct 30 Wolverhampton      Slade Rooms
Oct 31 London                  O2 Academy Islington
Nov 2 Barnstaple              Factory
Nov 3 Reading                  Sub 89
Nov 4 Southend               Chinnerys
Nov 5 Hull                        The Welly
Nov 6 Oxford                    O2 Academy