“Black One” by Sunn O)))

Artist: Sunn 0)))
Title: “Black One”
Label: Southern Lord Music
Release Date: 10/18/2005
Genre: Doom/Subsonic Metal
Rating: 5/10

I began listening to this with an open mind and as it progresses into the first track on the CD you will find that this is a very smart and necessary position to take. The band Sunn 0))) perform what is called “Subsonic Metal” and call it what you will it seemed like I was listening to a lot of power chords being played or tune ups of the guitar that was brought to its lowest possible note and echoed over and over. It was not until track four which reminded me a little of an air raid siren in the distance or fire alarm that I even heard the semblance of drums. Don’t get me wrong, it is an interesting idea and it slows down so much that it makes Stoner and Doom Metal seem fast. I admit that everything seems to have an audience these days and that I clearly did not get what these guys were doing but there is an overall creepiness and drama showcased that is quirkily enjoyable. It was almost like listening to background music that is suitable for walking through a graveyard at night or some other spooky surrounding. While there are seven tracks on the CD the majority of them lead into one another and unless you are paying careful attention you will not realize you are in the next tune. It has some similarity to the band Monolithe who delivered a 45 or so minute song and used a lot of the ambient and atmospheric musical experiments that Sunn 0))) does here.

There are vocal lines but they are very difficult to discern and seem a little out of place from the type of music (?) that is going on. Clearly this is more for those that enjoy the slow rumblings of Stoner Metal and want to slow it up even more. Will this trend become more popular is anyone’s guess. I would have to say that stranger things have happened but this was clearly not for me. Sunn 0))) is a side-project of Stephen O’Malley and Keith Anderson who perform in Burning Witch and Goatsnake respectively.

Track Listing:
1. Sin Nanna
2. It Took The Night To Believe
3. Cursed Realms (Of The Winterdemons)
4. Orthodox Caveman
5. Candle Goat
6. Cry For The Weeper
7. Bathory Erzsebet

Official Website: www.southernlord.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.