As We Draw, SUMAC, Amenra, Neurosis, Rosetta, Fall Of Efrafa
Troy Power Adam Turcato Scott Curtis Dan Neumann
Converge, The Carrier, Neurosis, As We Draw, Cult Of Luna, Birds In Row, Amenra
Melbourne's SUNDR dissolve barriers of genre, blur the lines between sludge soaked doom, emotionally gripping post-hardcore and spacious ambience, stripping away the layers to reveal a raw, visceral core.
Following up 2015's debut EP "Loss", their first full-length release; "The Canvas Sea" has seen SUNDR establish a stronghold in the underground, within Australia and abroad. The 2017 self-released LP opened many pathways for the quartet, a collaborative effort including the visual adaptation of "I Still See Plagues" by Wilson Bambrick, the somber artwork of Camille Blanchemain (Burning Bright, END IT) and an independent release tour of Japan, with the help of newly formed Fortitude Artist Services, forging bonds with well respected heavyweights such as PALM, NoLA, Stubborn Father, SeeK and The Donor.
On home soil, locally and through several tours of the east coast, SUNDR's heart-wrenching live performance has made it's impact across many facets of the extreme music scene, from sharing the stage with some of the country's most innovative doom, post-metal, hardcore, noise and grind artists, to supporting international acts; Youth Code, Rosetta, Hexis and Rolo Tomassi.
With their next two releases in the making, SUNDR show no signs of complacency and will continue to hone their craft, carefully deconstructing their sound to deliver a sincere and existential experience.
"SUNDR create music that paints horizons of fire and ice. Clashing glacial drifts and carefully restrained explosiveness meet in the middle of crushing tectonic plates, melting and dissolving their own essence back down into the filthy soil held captive below. On their 2017 record ‘The Canvas Sea’, the Melbourne post-metal act has executed a quality normally reserved for times well beyond a band’s debut."
Lochlan Watt - carbonsunset.com
"There is a particular mental time and place for this band’s music to be optimally appreciated, and much like most sluggish doom/sludge metal, it is best for accompanying a contemplative or disheartening moment. Sundr’s fusion of ferocity and dejection culminates in a unique sense of unease, but ultimately results in a much milder take on a heavy style, one that’s much warmer on the ears. The band pushes sludge metal in the opposite direction to what were used to, turning the gain down and the eeriness up, and it pays off beautifully in it’s own esoteric way."
Max Jacobson - heavyblogisheavy.com
"Though these songs tread the measured pace of doom, with each riff detonating with a sustained force, SUNDR have learned John Cage’s lessons well, and are aware that power often comes from notes that aren’t played in pure heaviness of the silent interlude. Further, the music crackles with the electricity of Scott Curtis’s screamed vocals, each song tracking a mercurial narrative that maintains tension that similar bands often lack.
SUNDR is unafraid to strip their compositions back to skeletal forms, trusting the listener to follow through atmospheric interludes and slow, layered buildups into the cataclysmic finale. When wound up, they can loose an incredibly heavy punch."
Philip Kaberry - brownnoiseunit.com
"Since 2015’s ‘Loss‘, Sundr have been collating the cascading instrumentals, sluggish sludgy tempos and dirge-esque riffs of doom, liberally utilising the size, scope, dynamics and haunting melodic tendencies of post-metal, and the primal screaming and raw undertones of black metal and post-hardcore to create a hostile yet engrossing sound. Now with their second record, the doomy and darkened seven-track epic that was this year’s ‘The Canvas Sea‘, Sundr took that very approach to metal and then drove it to its most extreme points."
Alex Sievers - killyourstereo.com
"Sundr’s highly anticipated sophomore effort, The Canvas Sea, is every bit as haunting as it is well constructed. The sense of sheer dread that permeates tracks such as I Still See Plagues is akin to watching the moon appear from behind thick clouds on a cold night – an unsettling unison between dark and light. That’s not to mention the powerful tempo change at the end of the track, so furious it could melt steel."
Brandon Hills - beat.com.au
"From the moment Sundr stepped on stage, the whole vibe seemed to change slightly. Although their was nothing seemingly special about the band based on looks alone, something about the way that they conducted themselves just setting up seemed different. The lighting for their set was mostly blue, a fitting choice, clear and cool, and although it might have just been me, it felt like from the moment the band entered the stage it felt like it was building up to something big. And then they started to play. A crushing blend of emotive, intense post-metal riffs, guitar-built ambience, and songs that progressed with a purpose, Sundr’s set felt like a masterclass in how to create an intense atmosphere without being overly slow or repetitive. There’s nothing I like more than a band who looks like they’re really getting into playing their music, and Sundr was lively throughout their entire set – and their energy was contagious, getting me moving more than any other band on the bill tonight. I was thoroughly impressed, and ended up picking up their album before leaving."
Hamza Siddiqi - overdrive-mag.com