Bern, Switzerland-based dissonant/progressive death metal unit Sulphur Sun will finally release their upcoming EP, Placodermic Heraldry, this Friday, October 30th. It is the follow up to the group’s 2017 standalone single “Vitreous” and 2013 debut EP, Bioluminescence. Partway through the promotional campaign, the group signed to Total Dissonance Worship, a new label led by Nightmarer (ex-Season of Mist) mastermind Simon Hawemann. *Cassette copies of the release will be available soon through the label.
After 2017’s Vitreous single, the group’s guitarist went off to university causing this material to be in a state of flux. Luckily, ex-Nile guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade was tapped to record all the guitars and breathe deadly life into the killer compositions on Placodermic Heraldry. The stunning cover art for Placodermic Heraldry was created by Nils Mosimann, and the release was recorded in Bern, Switzerland with the assistance of David Schiess (ex-Anachronism) and Remo Häberli (Posthuman Bigbang) except for Dallas Toler-Wade’s guitar tracking which was done in the United States. Legendary music engineer Neil Kernon (Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Akercocke, Nevermore, etc.) was once again tapped to give the music the best possible production.
Diving deep thematically into the times before humankind, Placodermic Heraldry posits a question of how much the existence of a species matters as oblivion seems inevitable. Even for apex predators. The release is highly recommended for bands the group cites as influences including Annihilation of the Wicked-era Nile, Origin, Enslaved, Bolt Thrower, Pyrrhon, Artificial Brain, Intronaut, Woven Hand, and Eternal Champion.
The band partnered with Metal Injection to launch an early full stream of Placodermic Heraldry.
You can listen to Sulphur Sun – Placodermic Heraldry HERE
Metal Injection comments on the early stream of Placodermic Heraldry
“If you’re looking for some super produced death metal, you’ve come to the wrong place. The dissonant and progressive death metal sound that Sulphur Sun go for is much more akin to that of Artificial Brain. Placodermic Heraldry is, for lack of a better phrase, a wall of noise. There is so much wrapped up into these ten minutes from the dark vocals to the guitar solo, it’s hard to grasp it all on one listen. If you’re used to something more shiny sounding, something with more production, this will be a challenge. It’s a worthwhile challenge though, trust me. Sometimes the absolute best, comes from something so raw.”
Sulphur Sun – Placodermic Heraldry Tracklisting
1. The Temple of Dunkleosteus
2. Trilobite Thief
Placodermic Heraldry Line-Up
Marc Wachtfels Sulaiman – Vocals, Throatsinging, Ambient sounds
Dallas-Toller Wade – Guitar (Narcotic Wasteland, ex-Nile)
Gregor Philipp Kovats – Bass
S.U. – Drums