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Enter Sunflo’er’s Chaos And Find “No Hell”

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Upstate New York-based dynamos Sunflo’er define themselves as “experimental hardcore,” and while such a characterization is indeed serviceable enough, it’s a mere hint at what the trio have concocted on their latest record No Hell. The album’s influences are so diverse, spanning the gamut from classic blues-rock to 1990s mathcore to zeitgeisty blackgaze, yet it’s all integrated together so deftly that nothing feels out of place. Revel in Sunflo’er’s capricious mania with our exclusive premiere of the full album.

Each song on No Hell is an amalgam of micro-songs, stitched together for a baffling amount of variety crammed into the album’s ephemeral journey. Sunflo’er are beyond-competent creators in all their genre influences, and would likely be able to issue a competitive album in any of them were they to narrow their field of vision. Instead, they’ve given us a potent spread of their most compelling ideas, meticulously composed and precisely performed.

Sunflo’er are remorseless executioners, beheading melodies and phrases mere seconds after they are introduced, yet despite the band leaping madly from progression to progression, there are plenty of head-bobbing grooves to be found within the record’s ten tracks. The songs are largely jagged and disjointed, shifting direction with an athlete’s agility, but when Sunflo’er decide to lay down the jams, they commit with buckets of passion.

The musicians of Sunflo’er deliver impeccable performances with not a stray note to be found. Drummer Ethan Shantie is rock-solid, even in the throes of the album’s most frenetic passages, while guitarist Carter Jones teleports up and down the neck of his instrument with flawless precision. Bassist Jimmy Doran shares vocal duties with his two bandmates, their voices intermingling in a dizzying flurry of timbres. The album’s production is muscular and robust, with sharply shimmering guitars, punchy drums and a warm low-end presence.

Sunflo’er will release No Hell on September 28th via Noise Salvation in digital and CD formats, with a 30-page lyric zine accompanying the CD. Pre-orders are available now on Bandcamp.

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