Ruben : The first impression of the gentlemen and -woman of Sumo Cyco is that of a band trying to reanimate the reggae and metal crossover genre. Bands like POD, Skindred and Rage Against The Machine have started slipping from our collective memory and Sumo Cyco is clearly fishing from the same pond. Three years after their debut album they’re back with the follow-up, ‘Opus Mar’.
Fresh from the supporting role of Britney Spears, vocalist Skye Sweetnam came guns a blazing with her pop punk band Sumo Cyco. The combination of Skindred, RATM and bands like My Chemical Romance seems to be aimed at quite the broad audience. The collaboration with Skindred vocalist Benji Webbe on ‘Moving Mountains’, underlines that statement. At least the tight production is something that makes ‘Opus Mar’ sound convincing.
What remains is the fact that this genre is like a quickly fading candlelight. ‘Moving Mountains’, might be a nice track, but it’s far from great. The funky vocal work of Sweetnam is actually quite irritating, knowing her beautiful voice is capable of producing great sounds. ‘Free Yourself’ is exemplary in that way, it has a catchy “nanananana” bit, it has some screams and some great clean vocals. It has everything that Sumo Cyco seems to stand for. Further down the album we get some nice electronic sounds pimping the great ‘Won’t Put Me Out’ riff and good, quick guitar riffs on ‘Sleep Tight’ to entertain the listener. The energy that Sumo Cyco puts into this record is commendable, but it’s painfully clear that this genre is bleeding dry even quicker than we thought it would.