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With words from the creators themselves, the story of how the impending collaborative "Terrestrials" LP from Sunn O))) and Ulver was conceptualized and created has been dispatched to the public, in addition to the first auditory indication of the material the album presents.
Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008: Following the band's 200th gig, Sunn O))) teamed up with Norwegian legends Ulver at their Oslo studio, Crystal Canyon. They recorded three "live in improvisation" pieces, starting that evening and ending at dawn, as Northern sunlight seeped in through the windows.
Kristoffer Rygg states: "We were sitting in the console room, early in the morning, listening to the takes. Someone said, 'ah, sunrise over Crystal Canyon,' as if the night had been a dark one. We all laughed and Greg proposed it as a title. In that setting it sounded perfect. The boys had mentioned wanting the music to orient towards the light, like some lost pilgrim stretching before the sun. We kept that mental picture for the processing." More...
Sunn O)))'s most recent studio album, 2009's "Monoliths and Dimensions," and Ulver's 2013 album, "Messe I.X-VI.X," found both outfits evolving and venturing into the world of acoustic arrangement and contemporary orchestration.
Besides arriving at this seeming parallel in vision, the pair's long standing camaraderie was initiated during Sunn O)))'s "White1" sessions in 2003 with the track "CutWOODED," which was produced by Ulver, in tribute to deceased film director Ed Wood.
At long last the two bands have come together for a more developed collaborative work. The result of this union is a three-track recording entitled "Terrestrials."
Southern Lord will release "Terrestrials" in February 2014. Further details will be announced over the next month.
After canceling New Zealand/Australian shows, and following performances at the third annual The Power Of The Riff West in Los Angeles and the first edition of The Power Of The Riff East in Brooklyn amidst a September East Coast tour, SUNN O))) now announces a cluster of West Coast live ceremonies for December.
With support for SUNN O))) being provide by Loincloth and Dead In The Dirt, the shows will begin in Portland on December 14th, and plow through Bellingham, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles. The finale will take place at the newly confirmed The Power Of The Riff Presents year-end bash at LA’s Fonda Theatre on December 20th, where SUNN O))) will all celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar with High On Fire, Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Breath and Void Ov Voices.
12/14/2012 Roseland/Peter’s Room - Portland, OR
12/15/2012 The Wild Buffalo - Bellingham, WA w/ Black Breath
12/16/2012 The Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA
12/18/2012 The Mezzanine - San Francisco, CA
12/19/2012 The Rio Theatre - Santa Cruz, CA
12/20/2012 The Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Presents w/ High On Fire, Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Breath, Void Ov Voices
Sunn O))) has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand:
"Sunn O))) regretfully must pull out of the proposed Australian dates this October, and cancel the New Zealand concerts. Japan dates this autumn are confirmed and will happen regardless of the above.
"We apologize to our great and loyal fans in Australia and New Zealand. We have had 2 amazing tours of Australia in the past and were looking forward to going back for a third. We have never had the chance to travel to New Zealand to date, and it pains us to cancel those concerts, but alas the travel is tied together and we can not afford to do NZ alone at this time.
"This is the first time in the history of the band where we have had to cancel a tour. Here is the explanation behind our decision. Our friends in the band Pelican are facing the same situation as outlined below.
"We want to say that the New Zealand promoter Gareth Craze / RW was a stand up guy and did his best to accommodate us on all levels.
"The Australian promoter Robert Macmanus/Heathenskulls has shown complete inconsideration towards the basic requirements of our agreement together; in regards to preproduction, planning and structure of business at a professionally unreliable level. SUNN O))) and our agent have done all we can to make this agreement work, including giving three extensions on the proposed deadlines over the last 4 months. We arrive at the point of a third (final) missed deadline where the choice becomes related to dignity and self-respect toward ourselves as artists.
"Simply: we cannot proceed in that manner. SUNN O))) is a difficult band to tour, and the way it does work is through accuracy in planning and the structure of the tour. The way things have proceeded with Robert Macmanus/Heathenskulls has eroded trust we need to have in order to fly across the planet. More...
Following a performance at last weekend’s The Power Of The Riff West, the forthcoming September tour from SUNN 0))) has been extended, and is now set to consume eight cities on the eastern seaboard of the US.
With newly confirmed performances now confirmed in Brookline, Massachusetts, and New Britain, Connecticut, the tour includes shows at the first installment of The Power Of The Riff East in Brooklyn, New York, and Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Southern Lord signees Dead In The Dirt will provide direct support for SUNN 0))) on all dates except the Hopscotch Festival.
9/02/2012 Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY @ The Power Of The Riff East
9/03/2012 Club International - New Britain, CT
9/04/2012 Coolidge Corner Theatre - Brookline, MA
9/05/2012 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
9/06/2012 Black Cat - Washington, DC
9/07/2012 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
9/08/2012 Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
9/09/2012 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
After three years since the band's last official U.S. performances, Sunn O))) has confirmed several new live shows this Summer, including a tour of the East Coast.
Sunn O))) will infiltrate venues down the East Coast, with shows now confirmed in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Richmond, and Atlanta, as well as a performance at the annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh. The lineup for these performance will include vocals from Attila Csihar, moog from Tos Nieuwenhuizen, and as always, the low-end string attacks of founders Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson. Southern Lord signees Dead In The Dirt will provide direct support for Sunn O))) on all dates except the Hopscotch Festival.
The new tour dates come after the previously announced Sunn O))) live actions at The Power Of The Riff West on August 11th, followed by The Power Of The Riff East on September 1st and 2nd.
8/11/2012 Echo/Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff West
9/02/2012 Warsaw - Brooklyn, NY @ The Power Of The Riff East
9/05/2012 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/06/2012 Black Cat - Washington, DC w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/07/2012 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/08/2012 Memorial Auditorium - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
9/09/2012 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Dead In The Dirt
Additional worldwide Sunn O))) tour actions will be announced in the weeks ahead.
The lineup for this year's installment of The Power Of The Riff West -- confirmed to take place at Los Angeles' Echo/Echoplex on August 11th -- expands yet again, adding six additional bands to the already pulverizing roster. Sunn 0))), Nausea (CA), Despise You, Hoax, Bio-Crisis and Xaphan have all been confirmed to join the party, making for a lineup of twenty-two crushing sets for the day.
The finalized lineup for the all-day The Power Of The Riff West now stands as: SUNN 0))), Off!, Dr. Know, Repulsion, Noothgrusth, Xibalba, Despise You, Eagle Twin, Nausea, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Bio-Crisis, Hoax, Gaza, DNF, Retox, The Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, Hordes, and Xaphan. The following press release was issued about the event:
"Continuing to bring you a tradition of heavy music from slow drones to aggressive crust ridden darkness, The Power Of The Riff will burn down LA on August 11th, marking the gathering's third annual installment. Co-curated and organized by Southern Lord, TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. The all-day fest also includes a record swap-meet of local stores and pop-up stores by indie record labels, DJ sets in between band performances and a gourmet food truck court featuring Los Angeles' best purveyors of street food dining."
Tickets for The Power Of The Riff West are on sale now at this location. Tickets for the recently announced maiden voyage of The Power Of The Riff East, a two-day event to be held in Brooklyn, New York on September 1st and 2nd, can be purchased right here.
Following the recent announcement of the third annual West Coast installment of The Power Of The Riff Festival in Los Angeles on August 11th, today the first ever East Coast chapter of the festivities have been confirmed!
TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. Curated by The Power Of The Riff and Southern Lord, and presented by Scenic and Brooklyn Vegan, the devastating two-day The Power Of The Riff East will take place in NYC on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd at Brooklyn's massive Warsaw club, boasting an incredible roster of riffcrushing artists from across the country.
At press time the lineup for day one of TPOTR East includes PENTAGRAM, POISON IDEA, NEGATIVE APPROACH, XIBALBA, ALPHA & OMEGA and POWER TRIP, while day two will show SUNN 0))), WINTER, REPULSION, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, SALVATION and DEAD IN THE DIRT hitting the stage, with additional support and headlining acts still to be announced in the days ahead.
A limited number of two-day passes for The Power Of The Riff East are available for purchase right now at this location. Single day tickets for both days will go on sale this Monday, July 2nd at 12pm EST. Saturday tickets will be available at this location and Sunday tickets over here. tuned for more announcements in the days ahead as the lineup for this behemoth event expands.
Sunn O))) is pleased to announce a set of shows culminating with a concert at the legendary Hellfest Festival in France this coming June 2012. The upcoming dates are as follows:
6/10/2012 TBA – UK
6/11/2012 The Ritz – Manchester, UK
6/12/2012 Koko – London, UK w/ Nurse With Wound
6/14/2012 Milkweg – Amsterdam, NL w/ Aluk Todolo
6/15/2012 Fort8 BE – Hoboken, BE w/ Aluk Todolo
6/16/2012 Gâité Lyrique – Paris, FR
6/17/2012 Hellfest – Clisson, FR w/ King Diamond, Black Sabbath More...
Legendary doom pioneers WINTER, along with EARTH, SCORN, BEAVER, ALUK TODOLO, MENACE RUINE, HOODED MENACE, THE SECRET and Atilla Csihar’s VOID OV VOICES, have been confirmed for SUNN O)))’s curated event at Roadburn Festival 2011, set for April 15th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland.
As curator, SUNN O))) (Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley) are personally selecting the bands that will play during their special event, as well as performing a headlining show. SUNN O))) is Roadburn’s fourth curator, following David Tibet in 2008, Neurosis in
2009 and Triptykon’s Tom Gabriel Warrior at this year’s festival in April.
SUNN O))) comments: “SUNN O))) is honored to present the first part of our guests for the curated day at Roadburn, April 15th 2011. They represent a broad range of bands we are fans of, and in many cases some of our closest friends and collaborators. We hope you appreciate the selection, and look forward to announcing more of our selection and allies…”
Roadburn Festival has unveiled the curator for the 2011 edition of Roadburn as Sunn O))). The band, to be specific Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley, has agreed to curate the festival on Friday, April 15th, 2011 and host a special event.
As curator, Sunn O))) will personally select the bands that will play during their special event as well as perform a headline show. Sunn O))) will be Roadburn’s fourth curator, following David Tibet in 2008, Neurosis in 2009 and Triptykon’s Tom Gabriel Warrior at this year’s festival.
Right now, Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley are gearing up for two major Sunn O))) events in September: performing Altar with Boris at ATP New York and Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple, but you can expect to hear from them in the future with respect to their thoughts on the 2011 Roadburn festival and Sunn O)))’s performance.
The festival organizers comments in the release:
"We are overjoyed to join forces with Sunn O))) for the upcoming Roadburn festival. Their metal-based drone experimentations have proved groundbreaking and hugely influential for an entire new generation of musicians practicing the art of avant-garde metal, drone, post rock and psychedelica. Sunn O))) is also widely acclaimed for their eclectic collaborations with everyone from musicians Attila Csihar, Masami Akita (Merzbow), Boris, Steven Stapleton, Justin Broadrick, Oren Ambarchi, Ulver, Joe Preston, John Wiese, and Julian Cope to filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and visual artist Banks Violette.
"Greg Anderson, who is also Goatsnake’s songsmith and the entrepreneur behind Southern Lord Records, and Stephen O’Malley, a prolific improviser and composer who is well-known for being involved in Burning Witch, KHANATE, KTL and DACM/Gisèle Vienne theatre-works, have performed in different guises during various Roadburn festivals over the years, which is exactly why we felt they would be the ideal curators. Both of them consistently push the envelope musically, and one of our steadfast goals has been to make Roadburn a festival that explores the cutting edge while celebrating the familiar, too. With that in mind, we could think of no better spiritual guide for 2011 than Sunn O))).
"We are truly looking forward to the new ideas and visions that the crossover drone duo will bring to the festival next year. When asked to sum up Roadburn in one word, 'progressive' would be a fitting choice. Evolving and improving are part of this. The festival is a tribute to the open mindedness of its bands, curators and audience. The joy comes from expanding musical horizons, and with Sunn O))) acting as our curator we’ll definitely be in for some artistic surprises."
Roadburn Festival 2011, including Sunn O)))’s special event, will run for three days from Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, April 16 at the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg, Holland. There will be an additional afterburner event on Sunday, April 17, 2011.
Southern Lord is the latest label to release a free compilation on Amazon.com. You can download their “Resurrection” sampler, which includes an exclusive Sunn 0))) track “Isengard (Chopped And Screwed).”
Here's the free Southern Lord “Resurrection” sampler tracklisting:
1. Wino "Release Me" (5:53)
2. Pelican "Embedding The Moss" (7:44)
3. Eagle Twin "Murder Of..." (12:08)
4. Wolves In The Throne Room "Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog" (10:33)
5. Black Cobra "Omniscient" (3:17)
6. The Accused "The Splatterbeast" (2:37)
7. Orcustus "Asphyxiokenisis" (3:51)
8. Black Breath "Murder" (4:12)
9. Virulence "Blank Stare" (5:44)
10. Earth "Junkyard Priest (Live In Vienna)" (8:23)
11. Sunn O))) "Isengard (Chopped And Screwed)" (6:51)
Like Nuclear Blast's free compilation, however, it may only be available to those in the U.S.
In related news, Southern Lord recently slashed prices at their online store, with most CDs now $10 and double CDs and package deals reduced as well.
On the 31 Dec 1999, no planes came crashing out of the sky, nuclear bombs went off or microwave ovens tried to eat anyone. However, times were about to change and in the metal scene change was already well underway. Let us take a stroll through the decade in metal that was.
Many of the 90s big names like Emperor and Pantera prepared to give their last venomous scream dying off in the wake of ever diminishing interest in the metal scene that had plagued the 90s. In the year 2000 a band named “Limp Bizkit” came out with an album called "Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water" and in a storm nu-metal took over the public perception of heavy music, changing the face of metal irreparably. Although nu-metal had already been pioneered by Korn, bands like Deftones, Disturbed, Mudvayne and Linkin Park all had breakout releases in 2000. More...
SUNN O))) has announced their first U.K. tour in three years, including a return to the north of England. In support of the "Monoliths & Dimensions" album, the lineup on stage will be Anderson and O’Malley, Attila Csihar and Steve Moore (Stebmo). Sunn O))) will be joined for two dates by Swedish electronics guru BJ Nilsen performing a special “Storms” set, and a pair of concerts with psychedelic mantra outfit OM. Sunn O))) will also perform two nights at the legendary ATP festival, honorably invited by the ATP staff themselves to celebrate the 10th year of the fest. As a special set, Sunn O))) will be performing as a duo (Shoshin), in addition to the quartet.
In related news, the Gravetemple trio (O’Malley, Csihar and Oren Ambarchi) will be headlining a special, rare one off date at London’s ICA in November with an entirely brand new set of experimental drone and doom.
Here are the SUNN O))) "Monoliths & Dimensions" UK tour 2009 dates:
06-Dec-09 Glasgow / Stereo
07-Dec-09 Newcastle (Gateshead) / The Sage w/ Skullflower
08-Dec-09 Manchester / Islington Mill w/ BJ Nilsen
09-Dec-09 Bristol / Trinity Church w/ BJ Nilsen
10-Dec-09 Birmingham / Asylum w/ OM
12-Dec-09 Minehead / ATP (SUNN O))) Shoshin)
13-Dec-09 Minehead / ATP
14-Dec-09 London / Koko w/ OM
GRAVETEMPLE will be making a rare, one off appearance in London this Autumn
16-Nov-09 London / ICA GRAVETEMPLE w/ Aaron Dilloway
PELICAN are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their fourth studio album, entitled "What We All Come To Need." Guitarist Laurent Lebec has commented on the new album saying it is “the most perfect synthesis of everything we've done to date, sonically.” The album features more guests than have ever appeared on a PELICAN album before including: Greg Anderson of sunn O))), Aaron Turner of Isis, Ben Verellen of Harkonen and Helms Alee and Allen Epley from The Life & Times and Shiner. More...
Sunn 0))) has announced a US tour with Eagle Twin. The tour dates are as follows:
9/17 - Pittsburgh, PA Mr Small’s
9/19 - RI Providence AS220 Broad Street Studio
9/20 - Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
9/22 - Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Masonic Temple
(also W/ Pelican and Earth)
9/23 - Baltimore, MD Sonar
9/24 - Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre
9/25 - Asheville,NC The Orange Peel w/ Faust
9/26 - Atlanta, GA LEGENDS Banquet & Special Event Center
9/27 - Athens, GA Seney-Stovall Chapel
9/28 - Athens, GA Seney-Stovall Chapel
9/30 - Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Chicago grindcore band, HARPOON, has set out on a week long tour this week. Hitting towns between their Midwest hometown and the Northeast US, they will be supporting SUNN O))), EAGLE TWIN, THE HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR and more along the way. The dates are as follows:
7/10/2009 House Cafe - Dekalb, IL w/ Sunn O))), Eagle Twin
7/12/2009 O'Brien's - Boston, MA w/ To The Wolves, In The Shit, Mast
7/13/2009 Lit Lounge - New York, NY w/ Unearthly Trance, Casket Architects
7/14/2009 The Charleston - Brooklyn, NY w/ We Are All Savages, Hunter/Gatherer
7/15/2009 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Microwaves, The Human Quena Orchestra
7/16/2009 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH w/ Total Abuse
7/17/2009 Zanies - Indianapolis, IN / DudeFest After-Party Too w/ 7000 Dying Rats, Lair of the Minotaur, Christ Beheaded
8/01/2009 The Mutiny - Chicago, IL w/ Lord Mantis, Czar More...
SUNN O))) has unveiled more US tour dates in support of their latest opus, "Monoliths & Dimensions."
Following their previously announced Midwestern US tour beginning next week, the band will devastate the West Coast this August. The tour kicks off in Seattle where SUNN O))) will headline two Southern Lord label showcase events. The first night will be as a duo performing the the Shoshin/GrimmRobe Demos in its entirety. They will be joined by labelmates The Accüsed (this show serving as a record release show for the Accüsed album "The Curse of Martha Splatterhead"). An encore Seattle performance follows the next night, this time alongside Southern Lord brethren Earth, Pelican and Eagle Twin. SUNN O))) then surges south along the coast through California and into Utah and Colorado alongside labelmates Eagle Twin and The Accüsed.
Here are the latest Sunn O))) "Monoliths & Dimensions" West Coast tour dates:
8/05/2009 Neumo’s - Seattle, WA w/ The Accüsed (record release show!), Trap Them, Black Breath
8/06/2009 Neumo's - Seattle, WA w/ Earth, Pelican, Eagle Twin
8/08/2009 Independent - San Francisco, CA w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
8/09/2009 Historic Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, CA w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
8/11/2009 Center for Arts, Eagle Rock - Los Angeles, CA w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
8/13/2009 Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
8/14/2009 Avalon Theatre - Salt Lake City, UT w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
Sunn 0))) will be heading to the Midwest for the first time in some time. The tour lineup includes Attila Csihar (Invocations), Steve Moore (Trombone, and keys), Stephen O’Malley (Guitar), and Greg Anderson (Bass). Sunn 0))) will be touring with Eagle Twin. Here are the latest tour dates:
Thu 07/02/09 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Sun 07/05/09 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Mon 07/06/09 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium / Underground
Tue 07/07/09 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
Wed 07/08/09 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
Fri 07/10/09 Dekalb, IL House Cafe
Sat 07/11/09 Pontiac, MI Eagle Theater
Sun 07/12/09 Newport, KY Southgate House
West coast dates for August and East coast dates in September 2009 will be announced soon.
Southern Lord Records has issued the following update about the upcoming album from Sunn O))):
"SUNN O))) is proud to present their 7th studio album, after 10 years of existence, entitled Monoliths & Dimensions. The album showcases the core guitar duo - Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson - incorporating influences from a plethora of guest musicians, bringing the SUNN O))) sound to epic new levels. The band also collaborated with composer Eyvind Kang (notable for his work with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, etc.) on various acoustic ensembles, in addition to the Helios fueled electric guitars and basses. Key players on the album include Australian guitar genius Oren Ambarchi, enigmatic Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Tormentor, etc.) and slow music godfather Dylan Carlson (Earth), as well as Julian Priester (worked with Sun Ra in the 50s, John Coltrane’s African Brass band, and Herbie Hancock’s Sextant band) and new-music horn player Stuart Dempster. There’s also an upright bass trio, French & English horns, harp & flute duo, piano, brass, reed & strings ensembles, and a Viennese woman’s choir led by Persian vocal savant Jessika Kenney.
"The album is not “SUNN O))) with strings” or “metal meets orchestra” material. The band took an approach concentrating on more of allusion toward the timbre of feedback and the instruments involved, so the piece is really illusory, beautiful and not entirely linear, stating that the end product is “the most musical piece we’ve done, and also the heaviest, powerful and most abstract set of chords we’ve laid to tape” The album was recorded and mixed by Randall Dunn & Mell Dettmer at various points over the last 2 years, and will be released late May 2008. Monoliths & Dimensions is practice in density, gravity and momentum."
Monoliths & Dimensions track listing:
Big Church [megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért] (09:43)
Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia) (10:02)