Sunn o))) C/D, S&D.

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Can't find a C/D thread on Sunn o))) so lets have one.

I say CLASSIC!

My favourite has always been Flight Of The Behemoth, but the new album Black One is great. Theres also a ltd 2cd version with a live gig from Denmark featuring Oren Ambarchi and others.

So what do you think?

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Sunday, 30 October 2005 23:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Best ambient music I've heard in a while. It is not heavy metal.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 30 October 2005 23:13 (thirteen years ago) link

It's dronetastic!

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Sunday, 30 October 2005 23:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Other bands play, Manowar KILL!

"The whole purpose of playing live is to blow people's heads off," says Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio . "That's what we do; that's the energy of this band. We're out there to kick ass. We're out there to turn our gear on and blast. We're out there to kill. That's what metal is. Anybody who says otherwise is not playing heavy metal. We will melt your face!"

gear (gear), Sunday, 30 October 2005 23:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Exactly! It is metal!

My favourite (from what I've heard) is White 2 -- it's got heavy drone, snarling black metal-ish vocals, the works.

I haven't heard the new one yet.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Sunday, 30 October 2005 23:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Might as well include Khanate here too.

The new album is brutal.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Sunday, 30 October 2005 23:45 (thirteen years ago) link

classic
i was listening to white 2 last night and it made me feel more high
i heard that on the new one there are vocals that were recorded from inside of a coffin

buyabiznatch (buyabiznatch), Monday, 31 October 2005 01:17 (thirteen years ago) link

That is a nice touch. It is not really metal without a modicum of theatrical cheese.

moley (moley), Monday, 31 October 2005 01:39 (thirteen years ago) link

The two White discs veered dangerously close to hippie crap-dom. The new one's great, though.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Monday, 31 October 2005 03:17 (thirteen years ago) link

What do you think of Khanate?

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Monday, 31 October 2005 03:34 (thirteen years ago) link

00 Void is the most true to the drone, so i'm prone to that one.

The new one is too fast!

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Monday, 31 October 2005 06:59 (thirteen years ago) link

i only need one sunn disc, apparently: flight of the behemoth. but if i see one of their other ones for $2 i'd pick it up. maybe.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Monday, 31 October 2005 08:51 (thirteen years ago) link

It's all about the Grimmrobe Demos for me. (White2 and Flight are cool too. Haven't heard the new one, but I like my Sunn o))) without vocals.)

Omar (Omar), Monday, 31 October 2005 09:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Grimm Robe for me as well

I think Sunn O))) are the Charlie Chaplin of metal

rizzx (Rizz), Monday, 31 October 2005 09:08 (thirteen years ago) link

>What do you think of Khanate?

Khanate get better with each release. I never listen to the debut, but Things Viral was brilliantly death-marchy, and the new one sort of combines the styles of the two prior releases into their best effort to date. The first track is seriously terrifying; I might play it to scare off trick-or-treaters tonight.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Monday, 31 October 2005 13:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Khanate are good, but I can only listen to like... one Khanate song at a time.

Special Agent Dale Koopa (orion), Monday, 31 October 2005 17:43 (thirteen years ago) link

It's all about the Grimmrobe Demos for me.

Yeah, that was the first I heard from them as well, and very good it is.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 31 October 2005 17:44 (thirteen years ago) link

>I can only listen to like... one Khanate song at a time.

They are a little too harrowing for home listening. But live...amazing.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Monday, 31 October 2005 18:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Eeek, I disagree. Last time I saw Khanate I went outside for the second half of their set. The first time I saw 'em was okay cuz their equipment failed after 1.5 jams and so it wasn't overkill.

Special Agent Dale Koopa (orion), Monday, 31 October 2005 18:18 (thirteen years ago) link

I'll cast another vote for OO Void.
The absence of drums is what really makes SunnO))) for me.

Tripmaker (SDWitzm), Monday, 31 October 2005 18:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I think Sunn O))) are the Charlie Chaplin of metal

???

LRJP! (LRJP!), Monday, 31 October 2005 18:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Anyone else seeing them in SF tonight at Slim's? I can't stand Thrones, so I'm hoping to skip them and catch Boris and Sunn O))), but I'm not sure if Boris or Thrones will be on first.

recovering optimist (Royal Bed Bouncer), Monday, 31 October 2005 22:01 (thirteen years ago) link

What a line up. I demand that line up comes to Scotland!!
Infact I want a Sunno))) , Earth, Boris, Corrupted,Thrones,Asva line up.

Oh well High On Fire supporting Mastodon on their UK tour will need to suffice for now :)

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Monday, 31 October 2005 22:05 (thirteen years ago) link

I think Sunn O))) are the Charlie Chaplin of metal
???

i wasnt even drunk when i wrote that ;-)

it's true though, the way they exaggerate every aspect of metal in a sublime way reminds me of him....

rizzx (Rizz), Monday, 31 October 2005 22:10 (thirteen years ago) link

besides drums then, of course

rizzx (Rizz), Monday, 31 October 2005 22:11 (thirteen years ago) link

it's true though, the way they exaggerate every aspect of metal in a sublime way reminds me of him....

ah! I kind of get it now. :)

LRJP! (LRJP!), Monday, 31 October 2005 22:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Sunn o))) = i'm still trying to figure out how i feel about them...i've listened to their records a bit and live at ArthurFest it was pretty cool, but maybe a bit to overly theatrical...i found myself laughing a bit too much...and I just sort of got the feeling that louder wasn't better....especially following Earth...Earth brought the drone so much more furiously with zero theatrics, less volume, and equally minimal (albeit Morricone-ish) riffing...
(also: sunn o))) wrecklessly pushing over the giant PA speakers when the fuses kept blowing and cut off their sound didn't really feel that metal...it reminded me of a junior high nirvana cover band playing a backyard birthday party, blowing their peavey amp, and throwing it in a nearby swimming pool...wah wah wah wah ...had they actually done the act on purpose in the middle of their set and killed 30 of the people sitting on the floor in front of the speakers...yes: that would be metal...) for my drone metal dollar, The Corrupted live in the fall of '97 at a weird bar in Savannah, Georgia was the best I have experienced in a live setting...it wasn't about volume, it wasn't about metal, it wasn't about theatrics, and it wasn't about riffs...it was about pure unrelenting brutality...i think they played for close to two hours....killer....

Khanate = I've only heard the new record, and I like it a lot....reminds me of The Necks if they played drone metal...I definitely want to track down the earlier stuff...to anyone who has them...is it all worth getting?

btw, pdf....khanate will make those trick or treaters piss their pants...go for it!

bobby.lasers, Monday, 31 October 2005 23:02 (thirteen years ago) link

live at ArthurFest it was pretty cool

Ah, you were there? V. cool.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 31 October 2005 23:14 (thirteen years ago) link

How were Sunn o))) are ArthurFest, Ned?

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Monday, 31 October 2005 23:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm interested in how Sunn O))) are theatric live. I just figured it would be a few guys in robes shoe-gazing.

recovering optimist (Royal Bed Bouncer), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:00 (thirteen years ago) link

If thats the case then no wonder ned loves it!!

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

How were Sunn o))) are ArthurFest, Ned?

From what I could hear of them through the walls, rather loud.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:01 (thirteen years ago) link

>I'm interested in how Sunn O))) are theatric live. I just figured it would be a few guys in robes shoe-gazing.

More amp-gazing than shoe-gazing; the time I saw them at Tonic (being gently sprinkled with dust shaken loose from the rafters the whole time), they spent the whole set facing their amps, never once turning around to look at the audience. That night there were four of them - two guitarists and a bassist, and one person on keyboards which were laid flat on the stage, so he/she was hunched on knees and elbows to play. (Still not looking at the crowd.)

pdf (Phil Freeman), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:12 (thirteen years ago) link

they're playing the sanctuary of a church here (philly) in december - i can't wait!

upcoming shows include - whitehouse, earth, sunn o)))

blackmail.is.my.life (blackmail.is.my.life), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Why is Earth not playing NYC?

pdf (Phil Freeman), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Never mind; they're gonna be here on 11/20 at the Knitting Factory.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:22 (thirteen years ago) link

i can't wait for earth here. the new khanate blows me away more each time.

strongo hulkington's ghost (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:23 (thirteen years ago) link

i really like the new earth disc, but that may be owed to being from pa dutch country. i just got the new khanate.

blackmail.is.my.life (blackmail.is.my.life), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:30 (thirteen years ago) link

i like the earth too. it's just kinda weird. comparatively.

strongo hulkington's ghost (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 00:33 (thirteen years ago) link

As I posted on the Earth thread theres some mp3s of live stuff from the current tour floating about.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 02:36 (thirteen years ago) link

I now have 3 of those mp3s. They are really good. I hope the other tracks from that gig appear soon.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:17 (thirteen years ago) link

black boned angel at instal mined the same kind of metal-drone bowel-throbbing sludgeorama, pretty impressively i thought - churchy vocal chanting giving way to swans-like doom drumming and nostril-rippling deep-end bass - their motto: "transcendence can only be achieved at maximum volume"

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Wish I had went to that but I was skint. None of my mates were interested in going either. Didn't fancy hanging around for 2 days by myself despite only living 30 mins away by train.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:47 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...
"Transgressive" "novelist" Dennis Cooper has em as his #3 of 2005 in Artforum:

http://www.artforum.com/inprint/id=9859

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 18:41 (thirteen years ago) link

five months pass...
is it alright to write an article explaining Sunn0))) to those unfamiliar with their music and not mention these two albumshttp://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc400/c464/c46483xd10v.jpg http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc500/c508/c5081901t06.jpg?

even though the band sights earth and melvins as their biggest influences this guy wants to make it seem like Sunn0)))'s music comes from nowhere - just these two crazy metal guys.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/28/magazine/28artmetal.html

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Sunday, 28 May 2006 14:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Surely you jest. Far from suggesting that their music comes from nowhere, one of the main themes of the article is how experimental metal draws from a well of influences that is probably surprising and intriguing to people who only know "heavy metal" as a caricature -- Stevie Wonder, bebop, Ethipian blues, Reich, Glass, etc. etc. etc. all get praised and cited.

erklie (erklie), Sunday, 28 May 2006 15:42 (thirteen years ago) link

those artists may get praised and sighted but there's no direct musical link made. guy's definitely determined to make Sunn0))) into some iconoclastic musical visionaries rather than a band that plays music that sounds pretty much exactly like two albums that joe preston played on 15 years ago.

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Sunday, 28 May 2006 16:07 (thirteen years ago) link

The NY TImes magazine certainly can't be accused of picking obvious bands to spotlight in large features. First Broken Social Scene, now Sunn0))) and Boris. Surely a Sunset Rubdown cover story can't be far behind.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Sunday, 28 May 2006 16:54 (thirteen years ago) link

yes, it's alright

gabbneb (gabbneb), Sunday, 28 May 2006 16:56 (thirteen years ago) link

Well they're kind of obvious in a certain way aren't they? I mean not top 40 obvious... but well demarcated "hipster" territory-- only breaking new ground to their readership surely?

gekoppel (Gekoppel), Sunday, 28 May 2006 16:59 (thirteen years ago) link

I made this and I am proud.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3xrrz9Qnf1qz6av7o1_500.png

Dolly Parton Parcel (scottfree), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:52 (seven years ago) link

would buy the tshirt

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 02:55 (seven years ago) link

ha, that's great

five months pass...

they playing the uk any time soon? I must catch these guys.

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:33 (six years ago) link

I thought they just had a European tour actually.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:10 (six years ago) link

they played London, Manchester and Brighton in June

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:24 (six years ago) link

bah, missed it.

make like a steak and beef (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:32 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

BUH.

http://sunn.bandcamp.com/

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 April 2013 21:00 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

o'malley heads will like this one
http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/95284880307/st-francis-duo-stephen-omalley-and-steve-noble

tylerw, Wednesday, 20 August 2014 21:40 (five years ago) link

Holy shit: Sunn O))) & Scott Walker -- didn't see the other thread: Scott-O -- as in Scott Walker and SunnO)))

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Friday, 22 August 2014 00:13 (four years ago) link

nine months pass...

https://sunn-live.bandcamp.com/

groovypanda, Friday, 12 June 2015 08:00 (four years ago) link

I was at this show. Don't think I need to hear it again, though.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 12 June 2015 10:22 (four years ago) link

I was here. That was a good tour, but can't imagine I would pull out that rather than just listen to Monoliths.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Friday, 12 June 2015 12:49 (four years ago) link

That said I like that bands do this and maybe there is a real gem out there (if so point it out :)) that's great.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Friday, 12 June 2015 13:50 (four years ago) link

The most recent one on the page, from a couple of weeks ago in Bristol, was the most brutal Sunn show I've seen out of more than half a dozen, and features a Burning Witch cover at the start.

the bowels are not what they seem (aldo), Monday, 15 June 2015 07:32 (four years ago) link

nine months pass...
two years pass...

Two new Sunn O))) albums this year, both recorded by Steve Albini.... first in April, second later in the fall.

YES, PLEASE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4miK2kxrHM

ilxor, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 16:40 (six months ago) link

Wow! That is great news.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 16:46 (six months ago) link

New interview via Whiney is up on Stereogum, too.

STEREOGUM: There was a story about dead pigeons falling out of the rafters somewhere during a Sunn O))) show that could use a fact-check. Is that real or fake?

O’MALLEY: I’ve never seen a dead bird. I’ve never seen a dead creature.

STEREOGUM: That’s what separates you guys from Slipknot.

O’MALLEY: I guess so.

ANDERSON: That’s one of the things.

ilxor, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 16:55 (six months ago) link

hell yeah

#LifeMetal Vs. #TripMetal

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 18:39 (six months ago) link

strong interview

imago, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 18:51 (six months ago) link

i usta work with Stephen in an office. Super-nice guy.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 18:54 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo4Jq-_tysc

Psyched to hear this in the context of a Sunn album

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:34 (six months ago) link

That's the best news about this; that Hildur is on board.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:36 (six months ago) link

Oh seriously? Hell yesssssss.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:37 (six months ago) link

Yeah, it's in Whiney's interview linked up here. Super stoked.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:38 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Another interview with a bit more details on both albums: https://newnoisemagazine.com/greg-anderson-on-sunn-o-new-album-life-metal/?fbclid=IwAR1s-yVTVaKvXzbzANe6SodeeXePg7fDaBqwzuG01E6lMY2m0jITeIXHajU

Love this part (so all analog the record is not ;)

Life Metal also features other collaborations on the first song, “Between Sleipnir’s Breaths.” “The intro is actually stolen from Bathory, the [1988] Blood Fire Death record,” Anderson admits. “What happened was that Stephen and I are obsessed with Bathory, especially that record. That’s my personal favorite. In the past, on [2005’s] Black One, there is a riff from Blood Fire Death that we just slowed down. Same notes, but you can’t tell; it’s unrecognizable, because we play it so slow. I love that intro of the horses going into battle, and I just joked and said, ‘Why don’t we run that through some amps?’ It was funny, because I was thinking, ‘Albini is not going to be into this idea. He’s probably going to be like, “I don’t know, guys,”’ but right away, he was like, ‘Where can I find that?’ He looked it up on YouTube and then ran that through his board. The only computer in the room is the one that Steve uses on chat forums, but there is no recording going on there. So, there was a computer involved in that he transferred YouTube, ran it through his board, and then we ran it through some amplifiers and distortion pedals and added our own horse samples.”

willem, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 11:16 (four months ago) link

looking forward to this

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 13:04 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

So, any thoughts? I like it, but it's more like a return to form than a step forward. I feel like I've heard most of it before. But it's good to have new good Sunn O)))

Frederik B, Monday, 29 April 2019 15:10 (three months ago) link

I like it a lot.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 29 April 2019 15:15 (three months ago) link

I've only heard one track off it, which popped up on a shuffle and it sounded pretty fucking good. I'm always waiting for one of theirs or related side projects to sound something like that Ensemble Pearl album from about 6/7 years back, which imo ruled.

calzino, Monday, 29 April 2019 16:45 (three months ago) link

Yeah that Ensemble Pearl record was so, so good. I feel like it never really got the attention it deserved.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 29 April 2019 16:50 (three months ago) link

This album is basically everything I ever wanted in a follow-up to Monoliths. The albums and collabs over the last 10 years have been great but on this they've essentially returned to form while also evolving and adding elements to the sound that they've never quite done before. "Between Sleipnir's Breaths" at times plays more like a shoegaze track (i might regret saying that). Layered more than maybe anything I ever heard them do, and at one moment we hear what I would even maybe call a solo...??? Its fucking great. Also, I got to see them a few days ago and it was the best show I've been to in years. Played for 2 hours and the lighting/fog/theatrics were amazing. A combination of the art direction in Mandy and the album artwork.

gman59, Monday, 29 April 2019 17:29 (three months ago) link

Yeah, I'm in. It's gloriously layered and expansive and, well, bright for want of a better word.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Monday, 29 April 2019 17:44 (three months ago) link

I really like it

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 29 April 2019 18:24 (three months ago) link

I listened to Kannon twice and never felt the need to take it from the shelf again. Will definitely give this a chance. And I've tickets for a gig soon.

Duke, Monday, 29 April 2019 21:08 (three months ago) link

Monoliths came out ten years ago. Another I feel old moment

Duke, Monday, 29 April 2019 21:09 (three months ago) link

Flight Of The Behemoth still hasn't been bloody reissued!

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 29 April 2019 21:12 (three months ago) link

Kannon was great but I agree, rarely was motivated to revisit. I have revisited Soused recently and it's still brilliant.

gman59, Monday, 29 April 2019 21:27 (three months ago) link

This most recent live show is the best I've ever seen em. One of the coolest looking shows I've ever attended.

gman59, Monday, 29 April 2019 21:28 (three months ago) link

Flight Of The Behemoth still hasn't been bloody reissued!

Didn't even know it was out of print.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 29 April 2019 23:15 (three months ago) link

vinyl i mean

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 29 April 2019 23:51 (three months ago) link

I have a promo CD of it and I dont have $200 to spend on the vinyl.

Most of my Sunn o))) is on vinyl so I'd rather like to have this album on the same format as the others.

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 29 April 2019 23:57 (three months ago) link

i expect i said all that way upthread years ago too when I started this thread and i'm still waiting

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 29 April 2019 23:58 (three months ago) link

Maybe I'll just get one of those japanese 2CD versions if they're good quality. Do you have that, Phil?

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Monday, 29 April 2019 23:59 (three months ago) link

No, the only Japanese editions I have are Kannon and Terrestrials. Didn't bother getting this new one because it doesn't come with a bonus disc like Kannon did. But the two that I do have are nice mini-LP packages, so in general I'd recommend going that route. If you decide to do that I ordered mine from the Inoxia label shop, where Flight is about 25 pounds (you're in England, right?).

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:04 (three months ago) link

heh almost (that country to the north) but the UK is being a bastard with grabbing stuff at the customs which adds on a £8.50 post office charge plus whatever the VAT is) so probably better buying within UK or the EU before Brexit. but thanks anyway!

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:19 (three months ago) link

I love this so much

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 30 April 2019 13:18 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

I haven't listened to the Ensemble Pearl album since the year it came out. That said, it made my year-end list, and I remember fucking loving it.

ilxor, Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:15 (two months ago) link


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