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Black One

Sunn 0))), Sunn 0)))Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 18, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B000AP2ZAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunn Worship October 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
DISCLAIMER: This review may not be helpful in determining whether to purchase this particular Sunn album.

I saw Sunn live last night in Vancouver touring on this album and it was unlike anything I've ever seen.

Not so much a "rock" or even music show... the closest I could come to accurately describing it is "performance art" and even that's way off the mark. Last night my body did things at Sunn's behest I never knew it could. By far these guys are the LOUDEST live band I have ever seen... no idle statement. Instead of buying one of their albums, I decided to go see their show since I found out about it just weeks after discovering this band.

5 figures emerging cloaked in black, and the DROOOOOONE starts as those beautiful Sunn tube amps begin to hummmmmmmmmmmmm... Before you know it the first (possibly only) note of the show unfurls over the audience like a steamroller. It's like watching the Melvins (sans Dale Crover) at 1/4 speed, as one of the guitarists' hands arches up to the ceiling as a frame of reference for the rest of the band to keep the "beat" (as if 5 or 6 BPM constitutes a beat)... then comes crashing down in unison.

I kid you not, they played some notes last night that made it very difficult to breathe. Thankfully the tension was relieved 15 seconds or so later when the note changed and my chest was pounded slightly less intensely. One fun and interesting phenomenon I noticed was that whenever I exhaled my lips would vibrate against each other no matter how hard I tried to stop it.

It's not clear to me if the low-frequency chords or the sequence thereof signifies something esoteric, but one gets the sense that there is a method to what this band does.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Halloween Music! July 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Last year, my husband and I decided to go ALL out for Halloween, and boy did we! We had everything. Our house looked like a scene from every scary movie you can think of. We had skulls, spiders, skeletons, tons of creepy lights (purple, green, and red), two fog machines going, over $50 worth of fake spider webs (the kids love those) and tons more. It all looked perfectly splendid (or perfectly terrifying!), so we went out to the local Home Depot and picked up a pair of those speakers that look like rocks to play our music through. We had everything set up perfectly; the coffin that held the gobs of candy, the ghosts that would dance and make ghoulish sounds as you passed by, the zombie hand that would shoot up in front of his tombstone, just everything. But we were stumped. What music should we play? It had to be super creepy.
That's when my husband suggested I ask one of the neighborhood middle-schoolers, Kyle, what we should pick for our music. If you read this, thanks Kyle! So that's exactly what I did, and Kyle directed me to this album. He said it's one of his favorite tunes to listen to when he's feeling "down in the dumps." I went out and bought it right away, with high hopes, and sure enough it was dead on! It was the perfect soundtrack to the plethora of horror gadgets that had plagued our yard last year.
You should have seen the outcome, we counted over 400 kids that came by our place. That's over twice as many as there were last year, and I can't help but think this album must have contributed something to it. We got plenty of compliments and comments from both children and parents alike. Some kids even stood at the curb holding their parents hands because they were too scared!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This has to be one of the most singularly terrifying albums ever. Music is supposed to be evocative, naturally, but fear? Come ON now...and besides, how can music be scary? Listen to this and you'll find out.

Thick, sludgy sounds dripping from the ichor of darkness itself. Howls and screams from beyond the light - and performed mostly by two of the best black metal talents currently at work (Malefic, of Xasthur, and Wrest, of Leviathan). Song structures as indiscernable as the settings of your worst nightmares. Muddy production which leaves any signs of the obvious obscured in cold blackness.


"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

--Friedrich Nietzsche, "Beyond Good and Evil"
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa, man February 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is some sick stuff. This is the only Sunn O))) album I've heard, and I don't have too much to compare it to. People call it Drone Metal, and that describes it well enough, though this one has got a definite black metal vibe to it as well. In my mind this is kinda the culmination of what black metal should be, just pulse and atmosphere on and on forever This is mostly just an endless wall of noise, rumbling, feedback ridden bass and ridiculously deep, powerfully distorted guitar. Very, very slow, no drums at all apart from a few little bits of percussion at a few points. Largely instrumental but with a fair bit of inhuman black metal shrieking and groaning in some of the tracks. It's generally very repetitious and has virtually no melody, and it seems like it should be boring, honestly, but it's truly bruising and hypnotic. Their note on the back: 'Maximum Volume Yields Maximum Results' definitely proves true. Ya gotta have this as loud as you can handle it for it totally work. Anyway, definitely one of the darkest things I've ever heard. Highly Recommended.

Also, the cover art is awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away
Sunn O)))'s Black One album is just pure epic drone this is by far one of my favorite albums and I don't even like drone music but this band just rock's out loud its heavy, dark,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre but darkly brilliant
A huge production job, unintelligible lyrics, ridiculously repetitive songs, inaccessible song structures (including lengthy, strung-out instrumental journeys), plodding rhythms,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Stutheit
1.0 out of 5 stars This is horrible
This album is basically the modern day equivalent to Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music". I am shocked by all of the positive reviews here. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Robert Gabriel Mugabe
5.0 out of 5 stars In absence of light a drone will guide us
Horror put to sound, "The Black One" oozes forth from the darkest of aural landscapes. A truly inspired album in which the Washington based band makes the case that America can... Read more
Published on April 12, 2012 by Damon Wittiger
1.0 out of 5 stars The most boring band in the universe strikes again
I've given this band 'one more chance' far too many times. It's just one BBBBWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM after another. Face it, drone is mind-numbingly boring.
Published on May 16, 2011 by Haydn Owens
2.0 out of 5 stars AMBIENT METAL DRONE
It's definitely an acquired taste. Good soundtrack for a haunted house, as another reviewer has pointed out. Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by Robert Szekely
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Terrifying Experience
The first and most obvious point to be made here is that if you're looking to buy a Sunn O))) album, you're already fairly accustomed to them. Read more
Published on June 21, 2010 by M. Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Heavy Experience
Now, this music is transfixing. Far from melodic, it has a primordial, droning, stark and alienated feel; at the same time, it is more industrial than so-called "industrial"... Read more
Published on March 3, 2010 by Old T.B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in bleak black
Ambient drone doesn't get much darker, so we are obviously dealing with a fairly acquired taste. Contrary to some restlessness that does occur from some frail repetition, the... Read more
Published on February 2, 2009 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting tidbit about Bathory Erzebet
Most everyone reviewing this album seems to be pretty spot on, so I won't repeat what they've all said. Read more
Published on August 5, 2008 by Patrick Luhrs
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