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We are about to transcend into an explosive new era with our upcoming full-length, Initiation, scheduled for release on May 7, 2021 via Napalm Records!
SUMO CYCO is Matt “MD13” Drake, Matt “Trozzi”, Oscar Anesetti & me, Skye “Sever” Sweetnam.
You may have seen us on tour with bands such as Jinjer, The Birthday Massacre, Nonpoint, The Butcher Babies, Fozzy, Alien Ant Farm, The 69 Eyes, Devilskin & more!
We have released “Lost in Cyco City” in 2014 and “Opus Mar” in 2017, NOW we are excited to announce “INITIATION” in 2021!
The album’s title, Initiation, stems from wanting to invite the audience to be “initiated” into our world. There are usually two congruent themes to each of our albums – one is real-world inspiration, and the other is “Cyco City”, a comic book-esque alternate universe where all our music videos take place. With Initiation, we introduce four gangs or clubs. Our music videos for Initiation all include a theme of these clubs – whether it’s gang vs. gang, a forbidden love between opposing sides, or the idea of having to choose where you belong.
Outside of the story, the lyrics relate to the polarization of the world we live in now. We all have a longing to belong, but what makes one feel accepted or ostracized from a group? To be INITIATED, would you be willing to try to understand another point of view? I have always written lyrics about internal struggle, the war within oneself. Throughout the album, we bounce back and forth between struggle and overcoming. It reflects the times, and there are moments that seem a bit dark.”
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BULLET TO THE HEART
Bullet To The Heart was formed in 2017 out of the ashes of a previous project that went through various trails. Draven DC on drums and Audrey Behun on lead vocals found the perfect set to join their ever growing cause. Brian Benischek was discovered playing out by himself with nothing but a guitar. At that time, he was searching for others who shared his passion for music. Tom Monroe, reunited with his friend Brain and he joined the band to add the essential other half of the rhythm section on the bass.
Adding to the band’s original songs, Brian and Tom put their artistic spin on Audrey and Draven’s previously written music and the single “Locked Inside” was released. This single was featured on numerous radio outlets including 95 Will Rock, 101.1 WKQX, Asgard Radio, and Q Rock 100.7. Bullet To The Heart’s debut show sold out downstairs Subterranean in Chicago. Gaining traction fast the band released a brand new logo via the artist Paul Johnsen. Subsequently, after playing a few shows around the Chicagoland area, their fans were asking where they could access more music. Eager to please their fans and crank out some more tunes, they took to the studio to write their first album.
They began recording their debut album “Bulletproof”. The album was to show you move from the old into the new, a new beginning, and to be 10 feet tall and bulletproof.
After much support and love from their fans, “The Bloodline” was born. This would come to be an exclusive group of fans that consist of people who share the same vision and want to help the band spread their message. BTTH embraces everyone and extends themselves to anyone who feels alone and needs a voice in the darkness.
Taking inspiration from “The Bloodline” and seeing their hardships firsthand, the band went back into the studio to create their 2018 release “Trials and Tribulations”. T&T features songs about life’s trails such as mental illness, drug addiction, loss, rage, and finding salvation. As a result, they released their single/title track “Trials And Tribulations”. The band plans to spread their current message, awareness, and to give redemption to those we have lost to life’s trails and purpose to those that need it.
Chicago-based power trio SUNVOLUME (Justin Sanetra on guitar/vocals, Jimmy Russell on bass, and Brett Sassetti on drums) draws on a variety of influences, ranging from hip-hop, hard rock, electronica, and psychedelia. As they gear up for the release of their album, SUNVOLUME, the band is treating listeners to two new singles, “Fever In The Funkhouse” and “Crystallizer.”
The band says “Fever In The Funkhouse” deals with the overload of information in today’s world and how technology has intensified social media and smartphones so everyone has immediate access to an abundance of information, often leaving people disconnected, stressed, and disoriented.
“Crystallizer” veers another direction, dealing with daydreaming and looking at yourself or your situation from the outside in. The band elaborate, “… the people you surround yourself with, all the things you enjoy, the objects you possess, and anything else on your desk can tell you a lot about yourself and who you are. Everything is crystallized as our own individual reality.”