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Sunn O))) - White2
29 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.


Band profile: Sunn O)))
Album: White2


 


written by Herzebeth | 03.09.2005



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sev7en77 - 26.06.2006 at 08:28  
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.
Lucas - 26.06.2006 at 18:55  
Sounds good. I like their stuff, I might get this..
Damnated - 28.06.2006 at 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
ItalktotheWind - 06.07.2006 at 07:26  
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.
Uirapuru - 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.
Jaeryd17‍ - 13.03.2013 at 13:31  
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.

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