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SUMO CYCO Announce New Album, Share ‘Bystander’

Canadian rockers SUMO CYCO have announced their new album, Initiation, out May 7th via Napalm Records. This marks their debut album for the label.

Featuring 11 tracks, the band’s third album is based on the conceptual location of Cyco City, similar to their previous albums Lost In Cyco City (2014) and Opus Mar (2017).  The upcoming release “builds upon the theme, its characters, and more specifically, its faction-like ‘gangs.’ Interlaced with infectious heavy metal grooves, pop-perfected hooks, electronic undertones, and a dose of punk flavor, Initiation breaks all the rules while delivering a cohesive yet purely unbridled sonic adventure.”

The band gives us a taste of the new album with their latest single “Bystander.” Kicking off with spacey synth, the song quickly turns into a rager with heavy hitting riffs and Skye Sweetnam’s brutal vocals as she sings “Oh Na Na I Don’t wanna be a Bystander/Watching the world go, Oh my GOD!/I don’t wanna be a Bystander, I don’t wanna be a/BYSTANDER!”

“‘Bystander’ was inspired by the frustration of our lives turning upside down in this pandemic,” frontwoman Sweetnam says about the song. “I felt like instead of living my life, I was now a slave to a screen, watching the world fall apart right before my eyes, totally helpless. The music video depicts my character trapped in a floating house watching news events taking place on TV, and at the same time, right outside my window. This entire video was produced, filmed and edited by Matt and I in our home studio!”

Watch the video, directed by Sweetnam and filmed by guitarist Matt “MD13” Drake, below.

Pre-order Initiation here.

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01. Love You Wrong
02. Bystander
03. Vertigo
04. Bad News
05. No Surrender
06. M.I.A.
07. Cyclone
08. Run With The Giants
09. Overdrive
10. Power & Control
11. This Dance Is Doomed
12. Awakened

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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