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Album Review

Although claiming that Black One is the darkest Sunn 0))) album yet may be a little overzealous on their label's part (unless, of course, its meant as a not-so-subtle play on most recent predecessors White1 and 2), there's certainly a good chance that it's their most diverse. Whether that's a simple case of there being more and shorter songs present (all of seven, and only shorter by these guys' standards, mind you), or an unprecedented volume of outside collaborators (mostly underground black metal buddies lending their vocals), Black One experiments with a number of new tricks to go with the by now expected ultra-droning aspects of Sunn 0)))'s sound. For example, both "Orthodox Caveman" and "Cry for the Weeper" drink from the same old, Earth-derived dead-water pool that inspired Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley to start melting their amps in tribute to begin with; while the improbably brief "It Took the Night to Believe" (featuring blood-curdling shrieks and croaks by Wrest) may well be Sunn 0)))'s most unapologetically black metal moment ever, taking a page from Burzum's bloody book with its spooky loop of buzz-picked guitar melodies to go with a reliably subterranean foundation. Keeping with the black metal mindset, the pair then proceed to deconstruct Immortal's "Cursed Realms (Of the Winterdemons)" into a barely recognizable primordial soup of tonal thrumming, before calling Xasthur's Malefic down to the basement to supply additional screams for the splendidly named "Candlegoat" and megalithic closer, "Báthory Erzsébet." (For the latter, in fact, he was supposedly locked inside a coffin, microphone and all, so as to inspire a suitably suffocating feeling of horror — proving that extreme sounds sometimes truly do demand extreme measures.) In other words, Black One is a cautious but unquestionable departure from Sunn 0)))'s pre-established m.o., and arguably their most accessible effort to date, in the bargain. But even though there'll always be those purists looking for a bone to pick, its difficult to imagine too many original fans not embracing these still remarkably blackened sounds.

Customer Reviews

Kneel before Sunn O))) and their caked black oracle of drone and doom!!!

First of all props to iTunes for having Sunn! For those with some patience and a desire to listen to some truly frightening music look no further...I have been a fan since the Burning Witch and Teeth of Lions days.The above review is decent but if you are not familiar with the genre or the players such as Wrest and so on then you might not be aware of what you're missing.Don't be put off by the samples. This music must have room and time to expand.Sunn is at times cold,black as hell,downright scary and as menacing as a darkened sky of sorrow.Sit back...relax...turn the volume way up and hail the wind,the cries and most of all...the subsonics!!!

Delightfully Terrifying

This is a really heavy, really slow album that requires a great deal of patience to get through, and most people would probably hate it. Vocals are rather few and far between, and it is hard not to let your mind wander during the vast, eerie sea of sound. That being said, there is a feeling of awe surrounding such epics as Cursed Realms (Of the Winterdemons) and Bathory Erzebet that should not be ignored. And CandleGoat is one of the greatest song names EVER. Is it named after the Albanian siege in the mid-1400's during which the Albanian leader released a herd of goats with candles on their heads into the assembled Ottoman attackers, the distraction that one the war? If so, my respect for this band continues to increase.

children's birthday parties!!

Do you want to put the fear back into the youth of today(not the band, the people silly!)? It's simple really. Just click buy now above and receive your very own copy. You can play this anywhere you want human to break down emotionally and publicly. Places like ; Church, The coffee shop around the corner that you do all your porn downloads at, Libraries, children's birthday parties, grandma's house, the beach!, and the list goes on. Bring the family and gather round the computer speakers for a lovely kodak moment as you click play on itunes. So what are you waiting for? Click BUY NOW!

Biography

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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