Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sunn O))): Monoliths and Dimensions

Artist: Sunn O)))
Album: Monoliths and Dimensions
Date Released: May 26, 2009
Genre: doom metal, post-metal, experimental rock/metal, noise, avant-garde
Rating: 8.6

: Sunn O)))'s Monoliths and Dimensions features four epically minimalistic and dreary tracks that are darkened by the band's characteristic guitar drones, chanting and grumbling, church bells, choirs and much, much more. It's hard to pinpoint an exact genre for this band -- a band whose influences range from John Cage through to the black metal scene and Japanese thrashers Boris.

On Monoliths and Dimensions, Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley have brought in a number of guests and collaborators, including vocalist Attila Csihar, Ambarchi, Earth's Dylan Carlson, trombonists Julian Priester and the Deep Listening Band's Stuart Dempster, trumpeter Cuong Vu, multi-instrumentalist Steve Moore, male and female choirs, reed and wind players, and violist Eyvind Kang as an arranger.

Monoliths and Dimensions is not for the feint of heart; its goose-bump inducing drones and creepiness will most likely be appreciated by fans of doom and black metal, but anyone with an open mind for the experimental and minimalistic will appreciate this remarkable and intricately detailed effort.

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