Sum Of R team up with Dark Buddha Rising's Marko Neuman to reach new depths with their bottomless soundscapes at Roadburn 2020!

The Cul de Sac ended up feeling way too small for Sum Of R‘s endless-sounding sonicscapes when they presented their Orga album – which we aptly described as “the soundtrack to the end times” at the time – there in 2018. So now we will give the band led by Reto Mäder (Ural Umbo, RM74) a little more room for them to invoke their habitual black hole of sound and swallow us all in it, especially since they will come with even more powerful aural weaponry this time.

The current incarnation of the band already sees Reto teamed up with Jukka Rämänen (Dark Buddha Rising, Hexvessel, Waste Of Space Orchestra), which has allowed them to forge even more adventurous paths from their dark ambient / drone of yore, but now yet another figure from that particular Finnish scene will be adding his own very particular twist to the proceedings and giving them a new voice, quite literally, as it is none other than vocalist Marko Neuman (Dark Buddha Rising, Waste Of Space Orchestra, Convocation, Ural Umbo).

”Dark Buddha Rising did a tour with Sum Of R in 2017, where I watched Sum Of R almost every night and loved what I heard and saw: Beauty accustomed to the dark.” Marko told us. “Explosions and implosions. In September 2019, Reto and me recorded an album as Ural Umbo, a project with a Mandy or Suspiria (1977) soundtrack vibe, where I contributed with some theatrical vocals in different shapes of inner personalities. During that journey we found a strong musical connection that led to the idea of me doing vocals also as a guest for Sum Of R. At Roadburn 2020 you will witness Sum Of R with a singing spirit. The voice of hallucination.”

Sum Of R will perform with Marko Neuman at Roadburn 2020 on Sunday, 19 April.

José Carlos / November 2019

Date: April 19

Time: TBA

Stage: Hall of Fame

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