on 28 January 2004
To describe the music of Sunn 0))) as an aquired taste would be something of an understatement, in fact to most intents and purposes, this isn’t even music as we know it, Jim. Just the sound of wickedly distorted guitars playing very low and very slowly indeed without even the interruption of drums, it isn’t what you’d call easy listening. It is however what you’d call heavy. REALLY heavy! Deceptively simple, the music consists almost entirely of massive guitar drone and feedback, but the size of the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. The atmosphere that is created is one of dread and impending doom. If you listen to this album loud enough, you would swear that your chest was going to collapse. It’s the kind of music you don’t so much hear as feel, it is simply monolithic. People far more articulate that I will ever be have tried and failed to describe just how crushing ‘Flight Of The Behemoth’ (possibly the most appropriately titled album ever, by the way) is so my advice is just to buy it, turn it up loud and let it assault you. And as if the proposition of being bludgeoned into the ground by a band comprised of Southern Lord stalwarts Steve O’Malley and Greg Anderson wasn’t frightening enough, two of the five tracks on offer here are collaborations with Masami Akita, better known as the veteran Japanese noise lord Merzbow. Scary stuff.
on 16 April 2002
This just doesn't work like other music. A wall, a wail of feedback, a lava ooze of distorto-sludge. Almost no drums. Certainly no tune - unless you count the demented mechanical plinkyplonk on track 4 (I think)...and yet, it's great like great music is. For comparison, it's even 'better' (whatever that means) than OO Void. Exhausts powers of description. It's exhausting, claustrophobic, and then it soars. It's a gas. Try it.
on 19 April 2012
Being fairly new to the whole Sunn 0))) camp, and only owning their newest full length (Monoliths & Dimensions), I'm now trying to snap up their past albums.
This is by far the heaviest album I own, or have ever heard...which is saying something, coming from a metal-fan of 20+ years.
Throbbing bass, walls of feedback and distortion, choppy piano, even some deranged blackened carousel music tinkiling away in the background.
Special mention has to go out to the epic two-parter, O)))BOW 1 and 0)))BOW 2...crushing heavyness that would threaten to blow even the best of amplifiers.
They have even thrown in a cover of Metallica's For Whom The Bell Tolls - which wins the award for the most non-recognised cover song by any band, ever.
Quite simply, an astonishing album. Challenging, heavy, rewarding.
Well worth it.