Before You, I Appear

Sumac, 2017

I knew I wanted Before You, I Appear at first blush. It was on order before I had even discovered it was lead by Aaron Turner (most famously of Isis and my personal favorite: Mamiffer). Remixes of heavy metal—no matter how experimental—feel more transgressive than the original could hope to be. I just don't picture many metalheads out there pining for deconstructions of their favorites; begging the question who the intended audience actually is. Of course, the remixes here—including Samuel Kerridge and Kevin Drumm—are similarly hellbent, so this is no exercise in commercial gentrification and won't be found dropped into many DJ sets. As a noisenik, myself, maintaining a non-committal relationship with heavy metal, it's an unholy marriage (in the best sense).