Sunn – Monoliths and Dimensions Reviews

Monoliths and Dimensions

2009 release, the seventh studio album in their 10 year career. 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 collaborated with composer Eyvind Kang 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 Hungaria (more…)

7 responses to “Sunn – Monoliths and Dimensions Reviews”

  1. Myfanwy says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not for mass consumption
    I’m going to start with a description of this group for those who have not heard of them before. First, take the aural sensations found in Enya, and imagine them replacing their…

  2. Anonymous says:

    If you already know what this band is about, here is the short version of the review: You will be surprised, you will be transported, you will be lifted, and you will not be disappointed. For those who are yet uninitiated (or the initiates who are not sure what to expect), read on.
      First of all, this album still has the raging, heavy drones, all-encompassing bass violence, which we expect Sunne O))). The downtuned chords still drone ad infinitum. Maximum volume yields maximum nor the results. But what we have an even greater sense of dynamic enhanced contrast was suggested that at their last live effort Domkirke. Guest singers (and often Sunne O))) employees) Attila Csihar's monologues come from a Hungarian like Vincent Price in his dark and disturbing.
      Some of the most remarkable moments on this album does not come from O'Malley and Anderson or its core staff, but by the arrangements of the composer Eyvind Kang. The band said before the release that the goal was to make references to 'the timbre of feedback, and Kang-intercept arrangements perfect. The line is often blurred between real feedback from the guitars and bass and the illusion of feedback from the strings, horns and women's chamber choir. Of course, a wider range of tools, not only know that the orchestral arrangements are stunning, especially in the album-closing piece, “Alice”, where the chamber group and the legendary trombonist Julian Priest swirl around each other blinding effect. It reminds us of what could happen if Aaron Copland's “Prairie nationalism” have been slowed to a crawl and successfully with American free jazz.
      This album is a masterpiece of composition and experimental evidence of the beauty that is possible in the “drone metal” genre. Get it, crank it and you will lose.

  3. Timothy says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Brilliant Album!
    The black robe wearing kings of drone Greg Anderson and Stephen O’ Malley who are Sunn O))) have set the bar so highly on “Monoliths and Dimensions” that no other doom metal…

  4. Luther says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Ambient Dethklok ?
    Dethklok doing ambient church music is my first thought. Borders on kinda silly… maybe I will get it sooner or later.

  5. Falan says:

    This CD blew me away. I have yet to make it outside of the headphones, I can only imagine how immersive experience, it is on large speakers at high volume. “Agharta” is a brilliantly evocative piece with Atila stealing the show with incredibly creepy intonation (he sings on 3 of the 4 tracks is brilliant and completely). The last track, “Alice” is a thing of pure beauty. Kudos to all the fine musicians who have one of the best CDs of the year!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Taking the view that black was an exercise in terrifying blackness, evil, this album is truly monolithic. I could not help but think of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Also conjured in my head were images of what I am ancient Egypt is a whole lot of gigantic statues and obelisks. The horns, the choir, Attila's vocals and of course Lord's Soma and the underlying dro))) ne mastery. The highlights for me were “Hunt & Gather (Cydonia)” and “Alice”, but all were very good. An excellent follow up to their last studio album, Black One.

  7. Kevlyn says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Vroom, Vroooooom!!!
    Sunn (do I HAVE to add all that junk on the end? Can I just type “Sunn”? Please?) have always been like gay marriage-those against them tend to not be very interesting or open…

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