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Editorial Reviews

Sixth and darkest album yet from the Sunn0))) camp. They continue with their collaborative efforts, inviting OREN AMBARCHI, John Weise (BASTARD NOISE), Wrest (LEVIATHAN, LURKER OF CHALICE), and Malefic (XASTHUR, TWILIGHT). Progressive yet primitive sub-sonic sounds from the deep.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sin Nanna
  2. It Took the Night to Believe
  3. Cursed Realms (of the Winterdemons)
  4. Orthodox Caveman
  5. Candlegoat
  6. Cry For the Weeper
  7. Bathory Erzsebet


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 2, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B000AP2ZAS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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.

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"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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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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