Sunn O))) - White2 review


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Band: Sunn O)))
Album: White2
Release date: June 2004

01. Hell-O)))-Ween
02. BassAliens
03. Decay2 (Nihils' Maw)
04. Decay (The Symptoms Of Kali Yuga) [double vinyl edition bonus]

This is maybe the oddest form of music out there, I really don't know exactly what to think about "White 2" but I will try to explain the essence of the music, or at least the meaning or something.

What Sunn O))) does is more o less the following:
a) They Create atmospheres in the vein of really obscure Doom; also they add all kind of dark feelings to the environment using nothing but strings and sometimes audio effects.
b) They use ridiculously low Bass tones, in fact some of the bass-lines are impossible to catch without the proper volume.
c) Sunn O))) are masters in creating songs with the length of an entire album, then again those songs are somehow not boring.

This particular band could be the most Elitist band I've ever heard in my entire life, the rule "Either you love it or you hate it" fits and applies accurately with Sunn O))). The music is really bizarre, yes, but it's not technical or complex at all, the tunes are structured like this:
-We play just one or two strings…we hold those strings for some minutes-
-We do that again with another set of strings-
So as you may notice, there is no science in Sunn O)))'s music, the real deal comes in the backgrounds, in the ambience, and in the feelings.

You won't notice there was a bass-line until the song stops, and I'm serious, the album opener "Hell-O)))-Ween" starts in a really mellow way, then after almost 15 minutes the song finishes, the feeling of low-gravity involves your brain instantly, it's really cool and all. This is what I call creativity, cause as I already said, there is no complexity in the songs, everything sums up in playing really fucking low Bass-Lines, and we all know Low tones get inside our head even though our ears can't appreciate them right?, so who knows with what type of information or messages Sunn O))) is packing our brains.

Anyway, I won't rate this album because I honestly do not know which grade they deserve, I'll keep the review as it is now, an objective viewing of "White 2" no grades attached. Just be warned, getting Sunn O))) will be a really fucking odd experience, not good or bad just different, but this experience will cost you a new set of speakers, so it's your call.

Written by Herzebeth | 03.09.2005



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26.06.2006 - 08:28
Account deleted
after reading this review is picked up this album and i liked it enough to buy their new album "Black One" which is even more bizarre and better than white 2.
good album/band if you are into Drone.
26.06.2006 - 18:55
Mr. Noise
Sounds good. I like their stuff, I might get this..
SLUDGE. DOOM. DEATH. Wait, what?

"The reason I'm running for president is because I can't be Bruce Springsteen." - Barack Obama
28.06.2006 - 10:10
Great album, one of my fav from this band. And interesting thing Herzebeth said so who knows with what type of information or messages Sunn O))) is packing our brains.. I'm going to watch out from now
Blessed is he that murders Christ in himself and in his fellow men.

Written by TheBigRossowski on 10.02.2009 at 16:01

if my wife and I can't conceive, I want a medical shipment of your sperm so our baby will be just like you.
06.07.2006 - 07:26
Wood Troll
Thats a good review. Its a very strange release that is best when under the influence. At first I hated it but now i quite enjoy it and the drone genre.
"A witty saying proves nothing."
18.12.2009 - 17:11
Liver Failure
Still prefer the White1. But this one is pretty cool also. BassAliens is almost melancholic, and Decay2 has a very nice oppressive dark ambient.

Good album.

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
13.03.2013 - 13:31
Desert Mouse
Written by Uirapuru on 18.12.2009 at 17:11

Still prefer the White1. But this one is pretty cool also. BassAliens is almost melancholic, and Decay2 has a very nice oppressive dark ambient.

Good album.

BassAliens reminds me a bit of A Shaving of the Horn That Speared You from White1. But cooler. My Wall from White1 is still probably my favorite Sunn track, but this album is also really good.

Anyway. I already have White1 and Black One, but this is definitely going to be my next Sunn O))) purchase.
"It is not your sin—it is your self-satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue? Where is the frenzy with which ye should be inoculated?"


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