CroMonolithic remixes for an Iron Age is epic, classic Sunn O))) at it’s finest. An EP of dark, low and brooding guitar and bass, slow and down-tuned, while defiantly mood music this release still rates a solid 82%, Sunn O))) has a definite appeal that most people could appreciate if listened to in the proper setting, such as a rainy afternoon session.
Sunn O))) on bandcamp
Their photos are so epic I had to use this one that was on Last FM
Sunn O))) and their 2007 album Oracle. A rare album, for sure, and while reading a Metallum review for this release written by a metal head who was entirely new to drone (Here), it occurred to me that drone is appealing because it is a form of dark, brooding music that, overall, is mainly just slowed down with a thick atmosphere layered on top of the original song. Drone is a style of playing music, like black metal, any song can be played in a drone format, it isn’t just the minutes of buzzing guitars that most people think of when they hear the term and this (rather) rare release is a good explanation of this point; 88%, an excellent selection for the Friday afternoon session.
Here again we have Sunn O))), yes I’ve been on a drone/doom kick for a while now, however Sunn O))) is the most appealing and consistent of the genre, and one of my favorites. A two-piece, yes, originally created basically to worship Earth (the band). Yes, kinda lame, but they did evolve out of that mentality to create their own music and going on to found Southern Lord Records. Even so, this is a demo that stands on it’s own merit with almost an hour of gigantic, heavy riffs broken into three songs.
The demo was broken into three songs, four on the original vinyl, with a massive (hand made) scratch through track four… Which is original and fitting for a drone/doom demo, no doubt, and the re-release included the fourth track, as does this YouTube post.
This is another album that should be listened to in it’s entirety, skipping to track 3 really isn’t an option. 85%
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200-some posts and I haven’t touched on Sunn O))) yet, which struck me as odd until I realised that I really haven’t listened to Sunn O))) much and the only albums of theirs I had gotten from M and had never really listened to them much other than on job sites with the iPod on shuffle, which is not the proper setting to enjoy drone/doom, at all.
The Sunn O))) album I picked was White1, a random selection from their mountain of work, which got an average review of 76% from six reviews on Metallum.
This sounds like a crumby introduction, but Sunn O))) is not a band that grabs the listener and the music isn’t made to be perceived that way either.
White1 is almost an hour of super heavy, low and muddy droning riffs pierced with haunting poetry/vocals/weirdness.
It takes a while to get into the mood of the album but once there this is a sick album.
The second time I listened to this I started thinking that this really was a good example of Sunn O))) because this is a mid-way point in the progression of their sound, which the reviews explain with older fans feeling shunned because they seemed to expect a simple regurgitation of older albums, and others are simply not fans of the genre, which is understandable.
This album is an excellent introduction to Sunn O))) and drone/ambient in general, which I love, but it has been an acquired taste.