Somnuri do not keep their feet planted in surface reality. The Brooklyn-based outfit’s flavor of heavy metal stomps from genre to genre with the fervor and confidence of a band ready to cross thresholds of all that’s perceivable and possible. Somnuri comprises lead guitarist and singer Justin Sherrell, drummer and producer Phil SanGiacomo, guitarist and singer Chris Drapeau and bassist Mike Gaworecki. They’ve earned attention from publications including Revolver Magazine, BrooklynVegan, MetalSucks, MetalHammer, and others. Their latest effort is a testament to the band’s insatiable work ethic and cements them as one of heavy metal’s most exciting emerging acts.
Building off their previous two LPs, Somnuri has spent the last several years hard at work writing riffs and letting their ideas distill in a marathon session of putting the songs together. The final product is their new LP Desiderium, an odyssey through a black hole of sounds and heaviness, due out on MNRK Heavy and recorded at Gojira’s Silver Cord Studio. Dynamically, they’re at the top of their game, easily able to weave through different tempos and sounds, giving some well-trodden genres new roads to travel. “There’s never really stable ground in our songwriting,” SanGiacomo says. “But that’s what makes it exciting for us, we move all over the place and don’t have any limits for our sound.”