After numerous positive musings around the web I decided to try and give myself goosebumps and finally got round to listening to one of Relapse Records' latest additions to their roster. The caveat being that if I didn't end up getting changed into my torn jeans and equally shot at Dio t-shirt after three songs I would be pissed.
The good news is I am not pissed. Sumerlands definitely invoke that feeling of a time when metal trod the line of commercial success and we all had never even heard of an "underground" scene. There's enough pompous delivery , soaring leads and theatrical vocals on the record to make Ronnie James Dio sit up in his grave and take note. You'll trip over plodding rhythms and hooks galore throughout the entire experience and will no doubt be digging your Van Halen records out for a dusting off within a few listens to this.