San Francisco's Succumb formed in 2014 by a group of friends with diverse musical backgrounds who share a common love for Canadian death metal, war metal, and 1990's Napalm Death. That same year they released a demo under the name ‘Cloak’ and played a handful of local shows, attracting the attention of SF-based record label The Flenser. The following year, Harry Cantwell (Bosse-de-Nage, ex-Slough Feg) joined the band on drums, and they got to work writing their self-titled debut album. Due out May 5th, Succumb was recorded by bay area luminary Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Botanist, Oathbreaker, etc.) and features seven tracks from the black/death metal punks.
The band plumbs the depths of modern death metal with primitive elegance, but what sets Succumb apart from their peers is vocalist Cheri Musrasrik; the juxtaposition of death metal riffing and propulsive drums with her cavernous howl and sophisticated lyrics make for a unique listening experience. Musrasrik sites authors and poets like Yeats, Jean Genet and Emile Zola as her primary lyrical influences, and throughout Succumb she tackles themes such as human experimentation and dystopias with a literary flair.
Succumb’s self-titled debut will be released on CD, LP and digital formats by The Flenser on May 5th, 2017 and today, the band has premiered the album’s first single, “Survival,” via Decibel Magazine.
More news coming soon.
Succumb Track Listing:
1. The Initiate
2. Destroyer II
6. Coal Dark Earth
7. The Flood
Succumb, live performances:
March 19 San Francisco, CA @ Codeword SF
March 31 Oakland, CA @ The New Parish w/ Nails