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Sunn O))) And Ulver Streaming Excerpt From Collaborative Song "Eternal Return"

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."

That take became the album's opening piece, "Let There Be Light." elf. After the session, Ulver spent a fortnight enhancing the dynamics of the original recordings. Over the course of several subsequent visits, now some years since the original recording session took place, things slowly and steadily grew to become "Terrestrials."

Stephen O'Malley states: "I remember the vibe in the room back then was more raga than it was rock. And despite the fact that the walls were literally shaking from volume, it was actually quite a blissed out, psychedelic session. I wanted to preserve that vibe in the final mix."

Daniel O'Sullivan adds: "You know that opening sequence of Koyaanisqatsi, where the desolate desert landscapes, waves and cloud formations roll over the screen accompanied by deep male chanting and organ ostinatos. That's where we were."

The "Terrestrials" street date is now confirmed as February 4th, 2014 in North America. The track listing is as follows:

1. Let There Be Light
2. Western Horn
3. Eternal Return

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1. Menacing Vibrations All Around Us writes:

As with most Sunn 0))) stuff this is really beautiful and haunting. I'd like to hear a stronger menacing drone undercurrent to give it a little more weight and make it more of a signature Sunn O))) song, but this is really cool and I'm looking forward to getting it.

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