lesser key

For whatever reason, I’ve seen many people on Facebook and elsewhere turn their backs on Sumerian Records. I get it, the label built its name on prog-influenced deathcore and metalcore, but has grown to cater to a broader spectrum of tastes that many of you may or may not agree with. I See Stars and Asking Alexandria exist, but then again, bands like The Faceless, Animals as Leaders, and The Dillinger Escape Plan (among others) are out there making quality metal.

Now, the label are showing their continued dedication to prog. Following the recent signing of up and coming Canadians The Kindred, Sumerian have announced the signing of rock group Lesser Key, featuring founding Tool bassist Paul D’Amour. The band’s first single, ‘Intercession‘ invokes the likes of Karnivool, Deftones, and of course, Tool. Listen to the track below.


This is a great move for the label, although not wildly uncharacteristic since the label released music from the like-minded Dead Letter Circus. Lesser Key sounds absolutely promising, and despite the straightforward nature of ‘Intercession,’ they seem to have all the elements I desire from alt rock. Hopefully the band have more up their sleeves, but even if this was a solid representation, I wouldn’t be upset.

Here’s some information pulled from the press release:

The group recently finished their debut EP with producer Sylvia Massy (System of a Down, Tool, Johnny Cash) seeing a street date late in 2013 through Sumerian Records.

Sumerian Founder Ash Avildsen states:
“Lesser Key’s songwriting and passion for their craft immediately mesmerized me upon discovering them. Rock music needs a band like this right now: a hypnotic candle amidst neon lights.”

“It is exciting working with a label like Sumerian because they are willing to try new things. Most of the bands they choose to work with usually have a different flavor or progressive element to them that’s not typical of other bands. We are excited to add to the diversity of the roster with our artistry and music.”

Be on the lookout for more from Lesser Key later this year. It should be exciting!

– JR


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