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Video by Jeroen Mylle & Reto Mäder

“Somewhere along the way, though, Sum of R got heavier by orders of magnitude. Now armed with what could be called a "full band" (moving from a duo to a three-piece), the trio of Mäder on bass/synthesizers with vocalist Marko Neuman and drummer/percussionist Jukka Rämänen moves more concretely into metallic spheres on upcoming album Lahbryce. Not only does the album feature a weightier performance by Mäder and Rämänen, but the newly added vocal element solidifies the idea of Sum of R as a metal band. Featuring hideous, massive growls and nightmare-inducing shrieks, there is that superficial element of "harsh vocals = metal" thing going on here, but the aforementioned heavier performance backs up Neuman's surprising presence.” - Jon Rosenthal via

"Borderline" is taken from "Lahbryce," to be released March 25th through Consouling Sounds.

SUM OF R's new song, "Borderline," follows recent singles "Lust" and "Crown of Diseased" from the awaited new record "Lahbryce." The band has also shared a string of live performance videos of three tracks from the album, filmed at the DAFT studios last year. Watch below.

DAFT Studio Live Session featuring songs "Hymn For The Formless," "Sink As I" and "Borderline" -

"Lahbryce" Tracklisting:

1. Sink As I

2. Crown of Diseased

3. Borderline

4. The Problem

5. Hymn For The Formless

6. Shimmering Sand

7. 144th

8. Lust

About SUM OF R:

Every story has a beginning, no matter how unlikely. And the story of the new incarnation of Sum Of R, the project that Reto Mäder formed in 2007 and has led as the only fixed member ever since, began with some really good news, and then some really bad news, because you never know where magic is going to come from. 2020, remember that? Before the world went weird, Sum Of R were supposed to tour (remember that, too?), a trek which included a much distinguished Roadburn appearance. The line-up for the tour was already set to be a duo, with Reto joining forces with drummer Jukka Rämänen, known for his presence in such luminaries of the groundbreaking Finnish psych scene as Dark Buddha Rising, Atomikylä or the supergroup Waste Of Space Orchestra (Oranssi Pazuzu & Dark Buddha Rising), not to mention Hexvessel and Dust Mountain. A power duo, in the true sense of the word. Because Roadburn is special, Reto thought about having a guest singer for that particular performance, and once you already have a connection established with the mighty Dark Buddha Rising – a connection first established on the joint Dark Buddha Rising / Sum Of R tour of 2018, by the way –, why look further? Enter vocalist Marko Neuman (also of Convocation and, naturally, the all-consuming Waste Of Space Orchestra), who would make them a remarkable and unlikely trio just for that evening.

Then, as we know, the world changed, and both the tour and Roadburn itself didn’t happen. In one of the best examples of there being a silver lining to almost every bad situation, Reto tried to make something positive of the situation and booked the first possible flight after the first lockdown in his native Switzerland to travel to Finland for three weeks of studio recording with the line-up that never was, Jukka and Marko. And boom: magic happened. As Reto puts it, "we had such a good and intense as well as grateful and creative time together that it could not be more natural that Marko also became a part of Sum Of R through these common experiences. For Jukka and me, Marko's voice is like a transmitter to another dimension."

So, meet Sum Of R in 2021 and beyond – Reto Mäder (bass guitar, drones, synth, effects), Marko Neuman (vocals, synth) & Jukka Rämänen (drums, percussion).

The result of these three wandering spirits being let loose in a converted barn in the Finnish countryside near Jyväskylä is "Lahbryce", the new and surprising Sum Of R album, the most disconcerting and colossal work the band has ever committed to tape by far. Mixed by Victor Bullok, aka V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress), it will be released on March 25 2022 on the Belgium record label Consouling Sounds and it will turn the underground upside down.

So, good news, bad news, and then good news again. Good news is winning. And just you wait until you hear the album.

©Jeroen Muylle


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