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This collaboration between the power-ambient Sunn 0))) and Japan’s experimental sludge rockers Boris, with guests including members of Earth, High On Fire, Soundgarden and Jessamine, is one slow, heavy and loud affair. 2006’s Altar makes ambient music for metalheads and stoner-rock fans, but it’s quite effective for anyone looking to experience music as an altered mental state. Guitars and synths rarely venture beyond a few chords, settling on sounds that sustain for long periods of time. Jesse Sykes adds her atmospheric vocals to the album’s breather, the 4AD-like jangle of “The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep),” for a slight lift from the dense orchestral fog. “Etna” grinds with inspired intensity. “N.L.T.” rattles like deep, purring thunder. “Akuma No Kuma” returns the festivities to more mind and body melting drones while a robotic vocal adds to the disembodied feel. But the key track here is the closer, “Blood Swamp,” where all the beauty and the subliminal voices come together for a near fifteen-minute drone that under headphones transports the listener to the darkest recesses of the mind. Amazing and darkly sublime.

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Drone at its most mental dreamscape.

Nothing bad can be said about this album. No arguments. It's an awesome mind tripping tour de force of Drone Metal that leaves you in a state of ecstasy of Metal. Want more? Check out BORIS as well. Sunn 0))) is as unorthodox as they are heavy! \,,/\,,/

This is not instrumental

I don't know why Apple Heavy Metal included this in a play list for instrumental heavy metal music, but I'm not a fan.


Formed: 1998 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The self-described "power ambient" duo Sunn 0))) (pronounced "Sun") were formed in the mid-'90s by guitarists Stephen O'Malley (Khanate, Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (Goatsnake, Thorr's Hammer). Known for its drone-heavy blend of black metal, dark ambient, and low-tuned noise rock, the band took inspiration from the early works of the Melvins and Earth, the latter of whom inspired some of the group's song titles -- Sunn 0))) began as an Earth tribute band in Los Angeles and originally played...
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