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Released: 2004, Southern Lord
I’ll state this upfront. I am not an experienced listener of drone style doom. That is not to say I don’t like it but I just haven’t heard very much, not necessarily by choice but because there is so little of it.
As some of our regular readers know, I much prefer speed in all forms in my metal, but damn this was a really nice change. This is long and slow and boring and that is exactly the point. It’s ambient and mesmerizing and I’m sure it would be even better under the influence of recreational pharmaceuticals. I don’t know how often I’ll play it, but I like it, respect it and admire and therefore can recommend it to fans and those who are curious alike.
Sun 0))) have pretty much created and cornered this market; the sub-sub genre of doom. The whole CD clocks in with three songs, 14 minutes, 23 minutes and 25 minutes. For those of you are not familiar with the style, essentially there is one big long drone of ‘music’, or well, sound. The sound is low, very low, nothing high-pitched at all. It’s almost like listening to bass guitar feedback for an hour. Drums? Nope. Guitar solos? Gimme a break! Vocals…hardly! It’s just one big unrelenting wall of feedback, noise and sonic pressure. There is variation but it is subtle. The songs for lack of a better term are dissonant and discordant and those two negatives almost cancel each other out into a singular vision (I know that sounds dumb) of what drone really means.
I can’t decide is this some crazy joke where the band laughs at the fools who buy this or… if you listen, I mean really listen…can you hear what is going on in there and appreciate it? Well call me a chump I’d never thought I’d like something like but with open mind and ears I think I get it.
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