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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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"
Also, the cover art is awesome.
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This is an amazing album, and beautifully packaged as well. A great addition to any record collection.Published 6 months ago by Geraurd
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A huge production job, unintelligible lyrics, ridiculously repetitive songs, inaccessible song structures (including lengthy, strung-out instrumental journeys), plodding rhythms,... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by A. Stutheit
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 morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Robert Gabriel Mugabe
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 morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Damon Wittiger
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
It's definitely an acquired taste. Good soundtrack for a haunted house, as another reviewer has pointed out. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Robert Szekely