CITY IN THE SEA intriguingly pulls its moniker from a grim Edgar Allan Poe poem. It's a vivid, visceral rumination upon death that's quite appropriate for this quintet. On its first full-length for Sumerian Records, the group—Todd Christopher [vocals], Jeffrey Christian [vocals, guitar], Nick Rossi [guitar], Dan Marinaro [bass], and Conor White [drums]—strikes a poetic balance between murderous melody and metallic madness that'd undoubtedly put a grin on Poe's face—and any metal fan in search of something elegantly destructive for that matter.
Formed while its members were still in high school, the band immediately bonded on one goal. To create "epic heavy metal", as Nick puts it.
However, this is a whole new kind of epic. As a result of tapping into a singular sound and building a fervent local following, Sumerian quickly signed CITY IN THE SEA in 2012 and the groundwork for their debut effort, Below The Noise, was now in place.
Led by the searing single "Dead Beliefs", the record explodes out of the gate. Gnashing riffs impact distinctly, while Todd's words resonate profoundly. About "Dead Beliefs," he reveals, "It's a good example of what we bring to the table. The lyrics are mostly about things you put faith in throughout your life that don't seem to go the way you planned. You have the power to let them go and move on."
In the summer of 2013, CITY IN THE SEA makes a huge move into the spotlight. headlining the Sumerian Records stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival alongside the likes of Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, and more.
However, like any memorable work for art, this work is meant for everybody. "We want everyone to take their own inspiration and meaning," concludes Todd. "We created this album for people to relate to real aspects of everyday life."