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A Light In The Dark,
This review is from: Monoliths and Dimensions (Audio CD)
'Monoliths & Dimensions' is the latest full length from Sunn O))) since 2006's 'Altar' split with Japanese droners Boris. I'll stick my neck out here & say that this is the best release from these sludge-ridden heathens, topping personal favourite 'Black 1'. Yes i'll be honest, it took me a while for the whole Sunn/drone vibe to hit, but if it is ever going to happen for the curious, this will be the one that does it.
One of the most impressive things about this band is the way they take the limited format of the drone sub-genre & twist & stretch it into new & interesting shapes, making the next release different & just as refreshing as the last. 'Aghartha' starts out typically with riffs undualating beneath a wall of noise. Attila Csihar is on hand for the spoken word vocals, which give the piece such a menacing vibe it's scary. The track winds down until there's nothing left but the spoken word & some random samples including sploshing water. So far - so Sunn, albeit absolutely superb.
From here on in the album takes a different turn, with horns & a female choir joining the chaos on 'Big Church'. 'Hunting & Gathering' takes probably the most straight forward structure but again utilises creepy vocals & horns/trumpets. A very 80's John Carpenter-esque synth is also used throughout this track & rounds the whole thing off in spectacular fashion. Two listens later & this is possibliy my favourite track by the band.
Closing piece 'Alice' is the most experimental & uplifting of the four. The 16 odd minutes slowly builds with a frankly beautiful guitar tone, adding horns again & more twisted synth subtly incorporated into the mix. This track is the most beautiful of the bands repetoire & builds to a gorgeous free flowing jazz trumpet solo with splashes of synth & harps washing over it.
So less intense in parts, insidiously creepy in others but an all together amazing listen from the Southern Lord camp yet again. If your curious about what this band has to offer, this would be the place to start. Everything we know about Sunn o))) and much more besides.