Brooklyn progressive sludge metallers SOMNURI release blistering new video « Tooth and Tail »!

Brooklyn progressive sludge juggernauts SOMNURI unleash a blistering new video from their upcoming sophomore album ‘Nefarious Wave’ on Blues Funeral Recordings. Unleash the whiplash-inducing power of « Tooth and Nail » right now!

Produced by the band and directed by drummer Phil SanGiacomo, the frantic and almost claustrophobic feel of the new video perfectly matches the energy of the song. Bursting with pure radioactive anger, double-time drumming and bludgeoning riffs, the hardcore punk side of SOMNURI shines through new single « Tooth And Nail ». 

Watch SOMNURI go full throttle on new video « Tooth and Nail« 

Guitarist and vocalist Justin Sherrell gives more insight about the song: « Tooth & Nail has always felt like an exorcising of the demons, it’s volatile and quick to the point. Lyrically, I was talking about my struggle maintaining healthy relationships, both personal friendships that felt impossible to continue and an intimate relationship that was falling apart at the time. It wasn’t so much a song about heartbreak or loss but more about clawing and hanging on to something potentially detrimental to both parties. It ultimately mirrors my own personal bout with addiction, emphasized by the hook, « till death do we part ». It’s definitely one of the more personal songs on Nefarious Wave, but I feel it has a universal theme that a lot of people can relate to and hopefully reach some catharsis of their own.« 

Coming from the streets of Brooklyn, NYC, SOMNURI weave together breakneck energy, infectious melodies, bludgeoning riffs and pounding grooves that share DNA with High on Fire, Mastodon and Torche. Elements of the city surface throughout their sound: brutality and spaciousness, stark dissonance, and delicate hush. Embodying their refusal to concede or compromise, their sophomore album ‘Nefarious Wave’ is a reflection of their undeniable ethic, a devastating musical worldview ready for those willing to inhabit it with them. ‘Nefarious Wave’ will released worldwide on June 4th through Blues Funeral Recordings. Watch their latest video « Beyond Your Last Breath » at this location.

SOMNURI New album ‘Nefarious Wave’
Out June 4th on Blues Funeral Recordings

Nothing burnishes heaviness like being a DIY band in Brooklyn. The strength of will to survive in New York inevitably seeps into the music, and toughens the musical character of those who persevere. SOMNURI started when two multi-instrumentalists sharing adjacent practice spaces heard like-minded styles and energies coming from next door. Justin Sherrell had played drums in Brooklyn bands Blackout, Tower, and Bezoar, but yearned to take on guitar and vocals. He heard Phil SanGiacomo (Family, Grandfather, Last Hours) pounding out polyrhythms through the wall and thought, ‘this could be the foundation of something awesome. Hitting the pavement with an underground cannabis delivery service to fund the band’s beginnings immediately catalyzed their uncompromising ethos. SOMNURI self-released an ambitious and well-received debut LP in 2017, earning high marks from Decibel, Metal Injection, Invisible Oranges and Metalsucks, and powered ahead with a series of blistering shows. The arrival of bassist Philippe Arman in 2019 seemed to complete the band at last, with the addition of live vocal harmonies and slick yet thunderous low-end. 

A sprawling record full of time and tempo shifts, their sophomore album ‘Nefarious Wave’ is a story of survival and resilience. As naysayers flee the city, claiming the scene is dead and will never be what it used to, SOMNURI is alive, breathing, adapting and mutating into something greater, and continues to push the possibilities of heavy music and the ideals of how a DIY band fights for their place. It was mixed by Phil SanGiacomo, and mastered by Justin Mantooth at Westend Recording Studios KC. The artwork was designed by Dani Otrajki.

Justin Sherrell — guitars/vocals (also bass on the album)
Philippe Arman — bass
Phil SanGiacomo — drums