Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sunn O))) - The Grimmrobe Demos

2005, Southern Lord Records

1. Black Wedding (19:17)
2. Defeating: Earths' Gravity (14:59)
3. Dylan Carlson (21:30)
4. Grimm & Bear It (16:40)

Sunn O))) is an American drone doom band that consists of Stephen O'Malley (also of Khanate and Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (of Goatsnake). Their sound image is extremely slow and heavy, using electric guitars, in low tunings such as drop A, enriched by resonant feedback creating their soundscapes. There is very little drumming and a lack of any discernible beat. When performing live the band wear 'grim robes', fill the air with fog, and play at a high volume. Their collaboration and direction continues to exist through expanded constellations and various forms with maximum loyalty to the power of electric amplified sound. Sunn O))) produce explorations in drone, psychedelic and experimental minimalism/maximalism as well as fusions with such underground metal cultures as Black, Death and Doom Metal - the former defined by its encompassing guitar sounds, uniquely musical stylings and dark, dramatic and contemplative content, Life & death defined by excessive adhesion to the heaviest guitar sounds possible, and the latter often characterized by low and slowly played tones and meditative conceptual and ceremonial content.

The Grimmrobe Demos is Sunn O)))'s first recorded album, and is the most direct representation of their self-proclaimed Earth-worship. It was originally limited to 500 copies by Hydra Head Records, but in 2005 Southern Lord Records reissued it on CD with a bonus live track, "Grimm & Bear It". The title for the album's third track was named after frontman Dylan Carlson of Earth, the band that inspired this album.

-southernlord.com / Wikipedia


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