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Unbelivably heavy drone-doom from O'Malley and Anderson,
This review is from: 00 Void (Audio CD)
Everything Sunn 0))) have released to date has been great and indispensible to all disciples of Doom but this, their first full album (after their now virtually unavailable Grimrobe Demos) is still their finest release. The band are a two-piece, comprised of Khanate's Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson of Goatsnake, as well as owner of Doom uber-label Southern Lord, so you know what you're about to hear is going to be pretty intense. In the simplest of terms, it is just the sound of a guitar and a bass playing very slowly, very low and with a large dose of distortion through a Sunn amp (hence the bands name) but when you hear it, it adds up to much more than that. The heaviness is simply astonishing and the slowness is ridiculous, but somehow it all works perfectly. The louder it is played, the better the effect it will have on you, but whatever the volume you can still tell that the sound is completely monolithic and will simply crush anything in its way. There are no drums on the entire album, but the music doesn’t need them, the ludicrously low bass frequencies certainly are more than enough on their own. Obviously this release won’t appeal to everyone (for some reason, most people aren’t into fourteen minute long songs purely composed of guitar drone, bass and feedback) but if things of a Doom nature are what you’re into, you cannot afford to be without this album. Along with Khanate’s debut and Burning Witch’s ‘Crippled Lucifer’, both of which are also the brainchild of Sunn 0))) mainman Stephen O’Malley, it is one of the finest Doom releases ever.