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SUM OF R (SUI / FIN) Drone Doom, Ambient Rock

The current incarnation of Sum Of R since 2019 is Jukka Rämänen (Dark Buddha Rising, Hexvessel, Waste Of Space Orchestra) and Reto Mäder (Ural Umbo, RM74). Sum Of R was initially created in 2008 by Reto Mäder and ever since underwent several states of metamorphosis from atmospheric doom into ritualistic drone rock into dark ambient and experimental music. Their slow moving instrumental music is, ever since their debut release, supported by a subliminal, unconventional metal atmosphere that leaves its listeners immerse into darkness, light and its reflections.

Sum Of R's self-titled debut album was released in 2008 on the US-based underground label Utech Records (home of Locrian, Aluk Todolo, Horseback, Mamiffer, Justin K. Broadrick, etc.), followed by the 2012 EP “Ride out the Wave” on Italian label Storm As He Walks and contributions on two compilations alongside bands like Sonic Youth, Sunn O))), Master Musicians Of Bukakke and Menace Ruine. Their second full-length "Lights on Water" was released in 2013 again on Utech Records and self-released in 2014.

Sum Of R’s latest and third full length album “Orga” (abbr. organic, organism) was released in late 2017 on German dark ambient and industrial soundscapes label Cyclic Law: It’s a voyage that lets its passenger immerse into mysterious mist, a mist that changes its form and density with every song. Once finding access the listener will enter into a self-contained dimension that speaks its own language: a wordless, organic language made of pieces of an orchestral wall of sound, raw-boned melodies and repetitive mantras, where spirit, body and instruments become one.

Reto Mäder: Bassguitar, drones, synth, effects
Jukka Rämänen: Drums, percussion, sounds

// Discography:

- Sum Of R “Orga” / 2LP, CD, DL, 2017, Cyclic Law (GER) & Czar Of Crickets Productions (SUI)
- Sum Of R “Lights On Water” / LP & CD, 2013/14, Utech Records (USA) & Sum Of R (SUI)
- Sum Of R “Sum Of R” / CD, 2008, Utech Records (USA)
- Sum Of R “Ride Out The Waves” / LP, 2012, A Storm As He Walks Records (IT)
- V.A “Black Mass Rising” / 3x LP, 2012, Black Mass Rising (FR)
- V.A “Does Your Cat Know My Dog?” / LP, 2010, Three:four Records (SUI)

// Press commentaries:
„The ensemble is elegant, shimmering and emotionally elevated, combining sacred elements to sorrowful bleak industrialism. Imagine if the monolithic epic doom-rock pieces of Earth or Godspeed You! Black Emperor resonate into a pagan-ritual ambient sounding procession in touch with the divine nature and you’ll have a first idea. Massive, enthralling and mystical.“ (Igloo Magazine, USA)


„The music of Sum Of R is a soundtrack of the judgment day. After the dark and ambient style of the early days of Sum Of R, their music turned into the doom of the new generation, comparable to the development of early Godflesh to Sunn O))).” (Onda Rock, IT)

„Sounds like a shipping container being pushed through the mud by hand; every drum thump is its own distinct punctuation rather than an aftermath of the one before, shunting forward the duo's concrete block one inch at a time into a strangely coherent whole.“ (Rock-A-Rolla, UK)

„The clock goes crazy, the sounds seem to flow forward and backwards at the same time. The sound sources merge into one another and silver vibrations create black whirls.“ (Bad Alchemy, GER)

„Some of the most attractive aspects of Sum Of R's sound lies in the combination of a sort of ominous apocalyptic imminency, one of the most recurring and reasonable leitmotiv in the range of sources for inspiration, with a certain gore, which gives forth from sometimes unpredictable combustions of doom metal, industrial, instrumental rock and drone.“ (Chain D.L.K, USA)