By Andy Thunders, Rock N Roll Gypsy
Sunn0)) is either band you love or hate, and their latest album Life Metal is pure droney goodness. The empowering yet dark ambient vibes suck your soul and stir it around through these four long epic pieces of pure sonic art. Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini, their eighth record is pure drone. And an album title that is a contrast to ‘doom and gloom’, one of my favourite albums this year. This album has a maternal twin album coming called Pyroclasts soon.
Between Sleipnir’s Breaths starts off the journey. Haunting vocals by Hildur Guðnadóttir, fantastic. Life Metal comparatively more upbeat tone with brightness and a symphonic vibe compared to the rest of SunnO))’s discography that stems in part from Anderson and O’Malley being content with their personal and creative lives. Its still fucking heavy mind you, just less hopelessness.
Troubled Air comes next on this journey of ambiance. You can feel the morning sun peeking through dark ancient clouds. Wonderful sonic pieces of art.
Aurora is next,another soundscape masterpiece. The way each track flows into each other creates an endless sonic river of life giving music. The sonic sound of rebirth. The last track Novae clocking in at 25 minutes long is one of the most impressive pieces of music ever created with such minimalism. The gaps in between the riffs make such a vibe. A fantastic record focusing on soundscapes and vibes over a typical ‘song.’ Almost devoid of description. It’s Sunn0)).
1. Between Sleipnir’s Breaths
2. Troubled Air
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