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thefallenarises Brutal yet melodic...perfect balance !
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Ippocalyptica That Dunes is Sutrah’s debut album is somewhat mind boggling when considering the amount of technical prowess and songwriting maturity on display. Dunes is very dynamic, both within and amongst songs, and almost nothing about this is predictable. The eastern influences are quite apparent in the artwork and lyrical themes, but also woven throughout the melodies of Dunes in ways that seem genuine and integral to the music. I am at a loss to find similar bands as a means of comparison, though the fretless bass does call to mind Australia’s StarGazer, and Kevin Paradis’ drumming is easily recognizable to those familiar with his other work. This is amazing progressive death metal that needs to be absorbed over multiple sessions to be fully appreciated, and I recommend that you do just that, and right now. Favorite track: Stargazer.
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Ed Conroy There is little doubt that this album is good if you like metal.
There is no doubt if you like skullf**kig drums.

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Quebec death metal act Sutrah’s first full length features compositions sprawled over a 7 year period, bringing together trimmings of themes written from 2011 to its completion in 2017. With inspirations ranging from Lykathea Aflame, Martyr, and Ulcerate, to Cocteau Twins and Olivier Messiean, ‘Dunes’ is the trio's initiation at forging a sound reconciling the violent yet malleable aesthetic of death metal with a more sonically serene colour palette. Such unstable contrast is depicted in the artwork: A Deva with a terrible face meditates in the lotus position eclipsing the sun: a symbol which parallels the Deva's twin capacity for light and life-giving, and immeasurable power and destruction. The lyrics weave around the theme of one conscience pulled apart by self-questioning, will (or lack thereof), doubt, dread, desire, apathy, and the sublime. Having festered in the minds of its creators for a long time, Sutrah now offers you this vomitus as a sign of things to come...


released September 22, 2017

Claude Leduc: Guitars, backup vocals, reyongs
Alex Bao: Bass, chants
Laurent Bellemare: Lead vocals, chants, reyongs, didgeridoo

Drums recorded and performed by Kevin Paradis

Guest vocals on ‘Stargazer’ and 'Akrasia’ by Patrick Loisel
Guest screeches on ‘Stargazer’ by Nicola Nucciarone

All songs written and arranged by Sutrah
Lyrics for Dunes, Effervesce, and Babel by Alex Bao
Lyrics for Stargazer, Akrasia, and The Plunge written by Claude Leduc
Reamping, Mixing, and Mastering by Hugues Deslauriers @ Roarrr Sound Studios, Montreal between 03/17 - 07/17
Reyongs and other instruments recorded/sampled at Université de Montréal
Artwork by Adam Burke
Design by Rachel Goguen


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Track Name: Dunes
Roam – Home – Om

Ripping pulses of plasma erupt
Blinding, and devastating all that stands
In your impending vicinity
I gain of your shoals, gift of infinity

Ageless one out of the naked void
I see now, you are the light from which we shadows grow
Sublime and queer are these surreal mountains of light

Wandering – I seek – Starshine – The end

These dunes everlasting, burning
I have not the words...
Swept from the breadth of my tongue
Yet I want to come back... Home
Finally back here, I cannot hear, see, feel
I have not the words…

Wandering time – I seek dunes
Winding path – I am here now

O lord, now I long to see it
I want to see you, supreme ruler of creation
Show me your immortal self.

Behold a million divine forms
Infinite variety of color and shape
Behold the gods of the natural world
Behold the entire cosmos turning within my body.

I see, you are embodied in every form
So difficult to behold, like a fiery sun blazing
I and the entire universe shake in terror
Mouths burning like fires at the end of time.

I am time the destroyer of all
I have come to consume the world
Do not fear my terrible form
Difficult to obtain the vision you have had
But through devotion attain union with

Me – Om

Light the skies in brilliant waves of flames
From your core the seed of life smolders and remains
I have lost my carnal will...

Roaming onwards I dream of dunes from your shores
Falling in raptures of pain; indifferent law

Dire fractals of light
Seeds grow of your breed
This pyre at once gives life
I am now set free.

Finally back here, I cannot hear, see, feel
I have not the words…

Wandering time, I seek dunes of the noble star
Starshine like rain, the spark that started all
Winding path hails my soul as dim and fallen sage
I am here now, my journey comes to its end.
Track Name: Effervesce
Quick to judge, first to fall
Swift tempers pillage and rape all hope, shatter those walls
Sinking and burning in this field I am toiling
These dreams I am reaping won't rectify my loss.

A scream from within me writhes: Palely sick, pure agony
Contorted, twisted rooted scars
Stems of mere beliefs from a vat of lies
Abide a brief stay to these fractured deceits
Disclose wisdom forgotten between words and time

Seeking (I am already here)
Burning (in cold eventuality)
Patterns of sickness are shrines through which you become
Nothing is eternity, so pointless the daunted need to be
A speck of paltry prose; Graven illusion

Ascend, ascend exalted herald
Seek no sanctuary in the carnal specter of fear
Fissure the veil of lies beckoning your own demise
Effervescent is the one beyond severity

Something worth being is so far above your folly and callous designs
Recursive absurdity, you fall
Even sails of ire will cause your hell
Downfall. Requisite is the knowledge of self
Don't settle: a snare for fallen souls
Forsaken – sacred

Beholden cosmic waves behind no-mind...
Seeking (I am already here)
Burning (in cold eventuality)
Nothing is eternity
So pointless the daunted need to be
A speck of paltry prose
Engraved seclusion

Ascend, ascend exalted herald
Seek no sanctuary in the carnal specter of fear
Fissure the veil of lies beckoning your own demise
Effervescent is the one beyond severity.
Track Name: Stargazer
No air in thy lungs
No blood in thy veins

No thoughts in thy mind
No love in my soul

Longing for the lessons of faraway gods
Blessed grace for the soul of one
whose eyes go dull in the day
and hollow in the night
a free fall towards cosmic diamonds,
a song of nymphs for the disenchanted,
should holding on be my death!

Starborne, launched skyward into darkness
the projectile of intrinsic sin, unleashed
as horizons capsize under lamentations
bearing promises of the better world

This plane beckons an old feeling
before my birth, before this burden
nested upon my gut

Voices call out a name from long ago
Echoed koans from far gone worlds
Must let myself fall, must not forget to

the wind wheezes under the weight of time
how difficult it is to release

cosmic bodies lay fire to my visions
a hollow gestalt bare before me
that I may be reborn

that I may find peace

bloody clenched fists keep me grounded
in a world hurling towards oblivion
the strong-armed embrace of gravity
annihilates itself against the light
the violent fecundity of the stars

reason shares the same fate as the sun
thoughts collapse under the silence of my being
quiescent in the eternal presence of the all
the body withers away and blossoms the elements
time be stripped of me, that I may live
death be upon me, that I may breathe

Track Name: Akrasia
Cure my sickness you old man
Guide my conviction for sovereignty
Must I deny myself this life?
Do not seek, Do not resist...

You old devious trickster
enamored by the mystery in the trees
holding the answers forever withheld

Should it be so cruel, this singular way
Disenchanted, embittered by the sight before me
The mirror drops into a well of vertigo

Following the words of these old moralists
I see suffering disclosing the bare life of this wise man
The flesh of my own tastes bitter as I devour, choking
Suffering is wisdom, suffering is the way
of the light they say, they say...

I've ceased to be, I am no longer becoming
Just like the wise man, I live in between
The grey is void, the grey is free
Oh you old trickster, look what you've done!

you didn't fix me, I didn't fix me
Oh you old fiend, now I see

Following the words of these old moralists
Suffering discloses the bare life of wise men
The flesh that is my own is bitter and iron
blood soaked and blind, I'm ready for my lesson

Cure my sickness you old man
For I must be taught self-reliance
Must I deny myself this life
Do not seek, Do not resist

Do not seek, Do not resist
Do not see
I do not see
Track Name: The Plunge
Under the guise of ill intent
The gravity of the fall tears the veil
exposing an empty corpse whose weight
buckles the shoulders of a lost traveller

his home, the world, embalmed
with the suffocating haze of the real
his life, all the memories, sealed away
microns beyond, yet unreachable
its hollow gaze everlasting, frozen in time

In cold angst he dwells, watching
from a far away distance

A cosmic joke! In existential irony
the death of this feeling appears
mirroring its birth, taunting
ready to plunge... once more

old friends lost to memory
thaw in the heat of a new sun
let their deaths sow the seeds
of a thousand more worlds beyond
Track Name: Babel
Behold, the people are all one, and they have all one language, and this only is the onset of their will…. And now, no thing will be withholden from them which they might conceive.
-Genesis 11:6

So we’ve come to know how dull our words ring
And through lies we shall see their tainted hypocrisy

I have seen the light of our lost cause
But still yet have nothing to say
My thoughts run thin and cry to be heard amongst the chaos
Still feels like they won’t obey
I am left with nothing said

There is beauty ever hidden in the breach
Torn within from us without mercy

The perfect paradox of lending words of wisdom
knowing full they are dull and grey
So often they come and say
"We’ll honor you with the true vision of truth
If only you’d join us in the sacristy…"
So false and forced are your words
they follow suit from sophistry

Regressed are we who believe:
To reify words founds them real
Wrought iron has kept shape from its willful forging
But never is it denied its supple Nature
Let go of your conceited aerie
Let silence beget its true and utter meaning
Nusuth, names are not meant for us

I have seen the light of our cause
I am still, nothing to say
My thoughts are silent, and yet are heard in the chaos
As if there is none to obey
I prefer to leave nothing said

There is beauty torn from within us

What great violence could ever move this majesty?
Will your words achieve it?
The heart of man is set on this trivial absurdity
No matter, I prefer to leave nothing said

The tragedy of this is that we won’t recognize it
Nothing is quite without its opposite

Let your conceits go – Silence your mind

Listen to the ebb and flow and follow
Idolized words that without mind are insignificant
I no more know its worth.

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