Sunn O))) - Kannon



5.9 | 35 votes |
Release date: 4 December 2015
Style: Drone doom metal, Dark Ambient

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Disc I
01. Kannon 1
02. Kannon 2 [feat. Randall]
03. Kannon 3 [feat. Brad, Randall, Rex & Steve]

Disc II [Japanese bonus]
01. Sending Pearl Of Light [alternate mix]
02. She Played Such Music, Flowers Blossomed [alternate mix]

Line-up
Stephen O'Malley - guitars
Greg Anderson - guitars

Session musicians
Attila Gábor Csihar - vocals

Guest musicians
Randall Dunn - synthesizers
Steve Moore - synthesizers
Brad "B.R.A.D." Mowen - percussion
Rex Ritter - moog
Oren Ambarchi - guitars, oscillator

Staff review by
Apothecary
Rating:
5.0
Six years after their acclaimed Monoliths & Dimensions album, and multiple collaborations, including ones with Nurse With Wound, Ulver, and even Scott Walker, the legendary drone duo of Sunn O))) is finally back with a new full length, in the form of Kannon. Yet to say that the overall impact of this release is anticlimactic would quite possibly be the understatement of 2015. Get ready to shed tears, O))) worshipers, because the mighty have fallen. And they've fallen quite hard.

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published 10.12.2015 | Comments (4)

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30.09.2015 - 20:08
!J.O.O.E.!
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Donkey Kong themed drone? Sounds good to me.

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30.09.2015 - 23:41
Rating: 5
Karlabos
Weirdo of MS
Written by Guest on 30.09.2015 at 20:08



Droney Kong
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28.11.2015 - 15:00
!J.O.O.E.!
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So this has leaked, apparently.
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28.11.2015 - 15:16
Dima
Written by Guest on 28.11.2015 at 15:00

So this has leaked, apparently.


Kannon goes BOOM
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28.11.2015 - 15:19
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Dima on 28.11.2015 at 15:16

Kannon goes BOOM

Link doesn't work for me =P

At any rate I'm already nearly at the half way mark (it's only a smidge over half an hour long). Pretty disappointed with it thus far.
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28.11.2015 - 15:31
!J.O.O.E.!
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So yeah, on the whole a pretty big letdown. It's only 33 minutes long, but it feels like there's only about 10 minutes of material here. Way too much repetition with the same few chords over and over again, with not enough justifiable build up. And that's coming from someone who loves repetition. Poor sound too I think, too much treble that it becomes unpleasantly abrasive, which is an issue for a band that should be emphasising bass.

I don't know if I'm going mad but Kannon 3 sounds almost identical to another Sunn song. I don't know which one offhand, but I can't figure out if this was some kind on intentional leitmotif, or if they really ballsed up and ended doing the same thing without realising. Either way you've basically got a third of the album already taken from another record.

[EDIT]

I wasn't going mad, it's Cannon from the live Domkirke album from back in 2009. Except the live version sounds waaaaay better.

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28.11.2015 - 19:30
Rating: 5
God Alone
So it's just 20 minutes of actual new music and a third rehashed track. Very meagre effort.
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29.11.2015 - 03:31
Alakazam
Written by Guest on 28.11.2015 at 15:31

I wasn't going mad, it's Cannon from the live Domkirke album from back in 2009. Except the live version sounds waaaaay better.

Worse still is finding out that all the material from Domkirke as a whole was completely original music. Thus making it even more excellent.
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29.11.2015 - 09:11
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Alakazam on 29.11.2015 at 03:31

Worse still is finding out that all the material from Domkirke as a whole was completely original music.

This album is the only time for me amazingly that Sunn O))) actually felt as if they genuinely had made this album only in a matter of few days.

That's exactly what it feels like: rehashed, rushed and lazy. What really compounds it though is the high pretentiousness of the bandcamp description which makes it sound like they're trying to sell polished turds to hipsters. Was expecting much more after reading it.
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30.11.2015 - 23:44
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
What the fuck? Like, honestly, what the fucking fuck? There are a lot of things wrong with this, so I really just need to take a breath and organize my thoughts here...

1. Bad production. While the whole loud feedback thing certainly isn't new for Sunn O))), here it sounds really gritty and abrasive... more like your ears are being rubbed against a cheese grater than like you're being enveloped in a giant void of frequencies. Dunno if they were going for something new here, but if so, it didn't work.
2. Vocals are way too buried in the mix. I mean, Jesus, you've got ATTILA MOTHERFUCKING CSIHAR with you, of all people. Let the dude shine here like he did on M&D and bring that shit out
3. Personal preference, but where are all the nonmetal instruments from M&D? I guess I shouldn't complain too much about this, because Sunn O))) never really do anything twice, but I was just looking for more horns and synths, at the very least.
4. As Joe said... the last track here is essentially a rerecording. This means that we're only dealing with slightly over 20 minutes of new material here. After 6 years without a full length, and multiple collabs, only one of which (Terrestrials) was actually pretty decent... that's kinda pathetic. The lack of effort is blatantly obvious and it's honestly quite sad.

I'm regarding this as more of a mediocre EP than a new full length Sunn O))) album. Really pains me to say it, but I know what I'm voting for for Biggest Disappointment in the MSA now
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01.12.2015 - 01:04
Rating: 5
Karlabos
Weirdo of MS
I gave a few chances already, for the last releases of theirs or so... But I guess Sunn O))) Isn't worth following any more.
Which is a shame. Attila is by far one of the most impressive vocalists I've ever heard. However he keeps doing these or joining other instrumental projects (??)
I wish he joined Plasma Pool again, or made a performance on Mayhem like De Mysteriis, something like that, yeah.
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01.12.2015 - 01:53
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Karlabos on 01.12.2015 at 01:04

Attila is by far one of the most impressive vocalists I've ever heard. However he keeps doing these or joining other instrumental projects (??)

Don't interpret his performance here as meaning that all of his more ambient/ritualistic work is shit... because that certainly isn't the case. This is just a rather subpar performance in that department. But who even knows? The decision to have him more buried in the mix could very well have been O'Malley and Anderson's, not his.

As far as Attila's more shamanic work is concerned, THIS is what I'm talking about, man. Guy is a fucking wizard.
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Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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01.12.2015 - 21:40
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Quite a boring effort, with very little new being brought to the table. Are Anderson and O'Malley running out of steam?
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05.12.2015 - 12:03
Rating: 6
Paź
ex-News Man
By far their most accessible record to date. Nothing new but definetly not bad. 6,5/10 for me.
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05.12.2015 - 16:33
Dima
This shit is $35 at my local store. DISAPPOINTED
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10.12.2015 - 23:34
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Guest on 28.11.2015 at 15:31

Poor sound too I think, too much treble that it becomes unpleasantly abrasive, which is an issue for a band that should be emphasising bass.

Ok, so I'm not going crazy, I noted this in my review and you hear it too. It's a lot more of a ringing, high pitched sound than usual for the band, which is strange. I don't care for it at all though. Innovation and trying new things is something I respect, but not necessarily something I always enjoy if what results is such a shit contrast to what came previously.
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Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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10.12.2015 - 23:39
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Apothecary on 10.12.2015 at 23:34

Ok, so I'm not going crazy, I noted this in my review and you hear it too. It's a lot more of a ringing, high pitched sound than usual for the band, which is strange. I don't care for it at all though. Innovation and trying new things is something I respect, but not necessarily something I always enjoy if what results is such a shit contrast to what came previously.

And when the live version of something sounds better you know you've fucked up (though I doubt Sunn do, as they're probably bathing in the inflated scores other outlets have inexplicably given them).
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11.12.2015 - 00:19
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Guest on 10.12.2015 at 23:39

.....they're probably bathing in the inflated scores other outlets have inexplicably given them).

Not to mention.... I haven't seen them myself, but a lot of people who have are saying that in the liner notes Sunn O))) got some feminist art critic to really suck their dicks with some pretentious dribble about how the band are channeling feminist themes with the album or something?

I think the overall atmosphere of the French art scene has really been fucking with SOMA's head
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11.12.2015 - 00:27
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Apothecary on 11.12.2015 at 00:19

Not to mention.... I haven't seen them myself, but a lot of people who have are saying that in the liner notes Sunn O))) got some feminist art critic to really suck their dicks with some pretentious dribble about how the band are channeling feminist themes with the album or something?

I think the overall atmosphere of the French art scene has really been fucking with SOMA's head

Always risky business. When the message becomes bigger than the music you can justify any old waffle you put out there. I'm sure we just don't "get" it though.
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14.12.2015 - 22:48
Rating: 7
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Honestly, I'm having a hard time noticing the similarities between both versions. (Yes, this is the first time I'm listening to it). Are there any particular times (specific minutes) in both versions when it's clearer to notice?
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Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
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14.12.2015 - 22:52
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.12.2015 at 22:48

Honestly, I'm having a hard time noticing the similarities between both versions. (Yes, this is the first time I'm listening to it). Are there any particular times (specific minutes) in both versions when it's clearer to notice?

Go from 5.30ish (randomly clicked there) on Cannon, and from, I dunno, 1.50 on Kannon 3. For like a minute or so on each. Defo built from the same track.

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14.12.2015 - 22:57
Rating: 7
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Guest on 14.12.2015 at 22:52

Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.12.2015 at 22:48

Honestly, I'm having a hard time noticing the similarities between both versions. (Yes, this is the first time I'm listening to it). Are there any particular times (specific minutes) in both versions when it's clearer to notice?

Go from 5.30ish (randomly clicked there) on Cannon, and from, I dunno, 1.50 on Kannon 3. For like a minute or so on each. Defo built from the same track.


Ah, yeah... that progression in the riffs is indeed the exact same. Honestly I'm not hating this as much as you guys. I'm almost willing to bet if this was marketed as an EP or a demo no one would have given that much thought to it. As it is now it's somewhere between a mid 6 and light 7. I think the problem were the expectations and the fucking horrible way they described it as the second coming of christ.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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14.12.2015 - 22:58
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.12.2015 at 22:57

Go from 5.30ish (randomly clicked there) on Cannon, and from, I dunno, 1.50 on Kannon 3. For like a minute or so on each. Defo built from the same track.


Ah, yeah... that progression in the riffs is indeed the exact same. Honestly I'm not hating this as much as you guys. I'm almost willing to bet if this was marketed as an EP or a demo no one would have given that much thought to it. As it is now it's somewhere between a mid 6 and light 7. I think the problem were the expectations and the fucking horrible way they described it as the second coming of christ.

It's probably 6.5 for me, or thereabouts. The tracks are enjoyable to an extent. Not awful though, just a let down.
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14.12.2015 - 23:02
Rating: 7
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
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Written by Guest on 14.12.2015 at 22:58

Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.12.2015 at 22:57

Go from 5.30ish (randomly clicked there) on Cannon, and from, I dunno, 1.50 on Kannon 3. For like a minute or so on each. Defo built from the same track.


Ah, yeah... that progression in the riffs is indeed the exact same. Honestly I'm not hating this as much as you guys. I'm almost willing to bet if this was marketed as an EP or a demo no one would have given that much thought to it. As it is now it's somewhere between a mid 6 and light 7. I think the problem were the expectations and the fucking horrible way they described it as the second coming of christ.

It's probably 6.5 for me, or thereabouts. The tracks are enjoyable to an extent. Not awful though, just a let down.


It's basically on the same level as the rehearsal demos they released a while ago... Meat and potatoes drone. It ain't bad but I can totally udnerstand the reaction. I liked those rehearsals (and you even staff picked one of them) because it was great for what it was... This is a full length with far more time given on. So yeah, no excuses.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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14.12.2015 - 23:05
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.12.2015 at 23:02

It's basically on the same level as the rehearsal demos they released a while ago... Meat and potatoes drone. It ain't bad but I can totally udnerstand the reaction. I liked those rehearsals (and you even staff picked one of them) because it was great for what it was... This is a full length with far more time given on. So yeah, no excuses.

This one is lacking cool Russian / Czech whatever vocal samples 8]

I guess for a full length people were expecting a bit more.
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14.12.2015 - 23:06
Rating: 7
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Guest on 14.12.2015 at 23:05
This one is lacking cool Russian / Czech whatever vocal samples 8]


Hahahaha, yeah, those details do make some differences which get larger when it comes to ambient music.
Now that I'm done with this... I'm gonna go back to Domkirke, thank you very much.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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14.12.2015 - 23:09
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.12.2015 at 23:06

I'm gonna go back to Domkirke, thank you very much.

Good choice!
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25.06.2016 - 01:12
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Finally got around to listening to this, and I didn't dislike it as much as you all made me think I was going to. Sounds like the production is little flatter and less textured than their older albums, but the concept for the material itself is okay.

Then again, maybe I'm only feeling like it's good because I've only listened to "Why Dost Thou Hide Thyself in Clouds" from Domkirke. Maybe I should go listen to that whole thing and then come back to this afterward.
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25.06.2016 - 01:15
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by Karlabos on 01.12.2015 at 01:04

I gave a few chances already, for the last releases of theirs or so... But I guess Sunn O))) Isn't worth following any more.
Which is a shame. Attila is by far one of the most impressive vocalists I've ever heard. However he keeps doing these or joining other instrumental projects (??)
I wish he joined Plasma Pool again, or made a performance on Mayhem like De Mysteriis, something like that, yeah.

If you haven't listened to "Decay2 [Nihil's Maw]" from the White2 album, you should. Probably my favorite Sunn O))) track of all time--sounds like melting into an endless, screaming, white abyss, and Attila's vocal work is pretty interesting on there.
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11.04.2017 - 00:41
no one
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I liked this album, but then I do like my meat and potatoes.
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