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This review is from: White 1 (Audio CD)
Sunn 0))) are underground. Alot lot of people haven't heard of them. Which is good, because it makes them even more special to those who do know them. But bad in the way that they deserve attention, because they are doing something different from the rest. I guess, from the interviews i've read of the band, that they really don't care if anyone knows them, or even likes them. The only thing that motivates them to play, is playing. And that's whats great about it. They follow no "popular trends" at all.
My only complaint on this album is the first track My Wall, featuring Julian Cope. Pretty much only because of the spoken words during the whole song. It makes it hard to listen to, for me at least. Other than that, it's yet another good song by Sunn 0))). The second track The Gates of Ballard, is possibly my favourite Sunn 0))) song ever. I listened to it up loud, in the dark with the lights off, when i first heard it. It's like a mix of The Exorcist and the band Eyehategod. It's brutal. And it would be so fun to play for them.
If you are prepared to sit through 15-25 minute songs full of vibrating riffs that sometimes are barely audible..This is definitely for you. I recommend this to really anyone wanting something different. I'm not sure how to explain what genre this would fit into..maybe no genre. It would fit into the Noise genre at least. Noise/Minimal/Ambient..I'm not sure. It's all of those things and more though. Definitely recommended for those wanting something different, something unique.
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2013 3:59:07 AM PDT
Jared Arbizu says:
My Wall is probably one of my favorite Sunn tracks of all time. It makes me feel like I am standing in front of the largest wall ever built by mankind, built solely by the bones of the dead, and it is screaming doom at me. On the first listen, I shared your feelings about the spoken words. But subsequent listens have grown on me, and I actually think the poem recited at the beginning is part of what sets it above so many other Sunn tracks. That poem perfectly encapsulates the oppressive atmosphere of the track and gives it a voice.
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