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My introduction to Sunn O))) was through their fantastic BLACK ONE, a dark and twisted soundscape of nightmares-made-music. It took me a while to hunt down another album, and what I got was this. White1 is a very different beast than BLACK, and while only marginally "lighter" in terms of overall mood, it carries you into that same world of oblivion which Sunn O))) rule.
I normally don't review albums song-by-song, but since there are only three on this album...
1 - "My Wall" (25:30)
Basically the first half of this song is a long and bizarre poem being recited by Julian Cope (!), with Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley doing their "guitar riffs of doom" thing in the background. Then things get interesting, as the music comes forth with its full onslaught of long, trailing, doomish riffs and powerful use of volume and reverb which Sunn O))) are famous for.
2 - "The Gates of Ballard" (17:22)
It starts with faint riffs in the background while guest Runhild Gammelsaeter (of Thorr's Hammer fame) quotes a traditional Norse folk song, "Havard Hedde.Read more ›
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.
This is where the quest for the heaviest slowest and lowest doom may very well end. "White 1" is my third CD from this duo of drone/doom, and I'm glad to see that given what could be a tendency to be more or less the same album after album, they are very aware that each foray into the darkest recesses of the mind, the spirit of adventure on the part of the listener and hypnotic overtones needs to be explored from different angles. Whereas "Black 1" is a noisy feedback/distortion orgy, and "Monoliths and Dimensions" is probably the most tuneful, in a very left handed way, "White 1" is less bombastic, with the drones oozing out of the mix rather than erupting.
If there is a low point to this CD, it would probably be the first 12 minutes of the first track, "My Wall", with a confusing and rambling spoken word piece by Julian Cope that frankly doesn't make a helluva lot of sense. But the track saves itself and sets the tone for the rest of the CD afterward.Read more ›
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This is quite a strange one for sunn.
No so droney like the others...Still mighty interesting great sleeve.. Read more
This only has three tracks. One of them is a killer; one of them is okay, and another one isn't very good at all.
Track one, "My Wall", is dreadful. Read more
This is the first CD I've bought from this band I've heard SO much about, and I just had to give them a whirl. Read morePublished on May 27, 2004 by Grant McKee
As minimal as the last Sunn0))) disc was, it spent a ton of time in my CD player for at least several months. Read morePublished on April 12, 2004 by Shane Dignan
the album definately helps in aiding meditation, relaxation, and other forms of mellowing out and is also a nice thing to have on while you finish your daily rounds around the... Read morePublished on February 16, 2004 by E. Roberts
If you like the Melvins' long drone numbers then you will like this. A good album, really enjoyable but the first track is horrible. Read morePublished on August 8, 2003