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Release date: 18 May 2009
Style: Drone doom metal, Dark Ambient

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01. Aghartha
02. Big Church (Megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért)
03. Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia)
04. Alice

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Line-up
Stephen O'Malley - Electric Guitars
Greg Anderson - Electric Guitars, Electric Bass Guitar
Attila Csihar - Voices
Oren Ambarchi - Electric Guitars, Motorized Cymbal, Oscillator, Guitar Effects, Gong, Wolf Log
Eyvind Kang: Viola - Choir, Brass, String Arrangements
Dylan Carlson - Electric Guitars, Choir Arrangements (inspirator)
Julian Priester - Trombone, Conch Shell
Stuart Dempster - Trombone, Conch Shell, Dung Chen
Mell Dettmer - Tubular Bells, Hydrophone
Timb Harris - Violin
Jessika Kenney - Lead Alto & Soprano Choir; Choir, Brass and String Arrangements
Tim Smolens - Double Bass
Moriah Neils - Double Bass
Keith Lowe - Double Bass
Daniel Menche - Male Choir
William Herzog - Male Choir, Electric Tamboura
Steve Moore - Trombone, Organ, Korg MS20, Roland Juno, Conch Shell, Dung Chen; Brass Arrangements
Brad Mowen - Concert Bass Drum, Percussion, Man Choir
Joe Preston - Man Choir
Rex Ritter - Korg MS20, Moog Voyager
Hans Teuber - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute
Cuong Vu - Trumpet
Tony Moore - Trumpet
Melissa Walsh - Harp
Taina Karr - English Horn, Oboe
Eric Walton - Piano
Josiah Boothby - French Horn
Jutta Sierlinger - Choir Alto
Angela Kiemayer - Choir Alto
Varena Bodem - Choir Alto
Katharina Einsiedl - Choir Soprano/Alto
Stephanie Pfeffer - Choir Soprano/Alto
Loma Döring - Choir Soprano/Alto

Guest review by
!J.O.O.E.!

Rating:
8.0
It's drone, Jim, but not as we know it. One of metal's most theatrical and divisive sonic-generators, Sunn O))), return to greet us with what is often regarded as their most appeasing creation: Monoliths & Dimensions, dragging in tow a veritable armada of guest musicians (apparently nearly three dozen) ranging from classical artists, a drone progenitor (Dylan Carlson no less) and a certain infamous, and slightly demented, voice of black metal persuasion, all contributing to, in varying degrees, what is likely Sunn O)))'s most expansive and diverse vision to date.

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published 25.05.2010 | Comments (18)

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!J.O.O.E.! - 17.02.2012 at 15:37  
  On a Sunn O))) binge and it's revealed to me that this album is considerable weaker than I first realised. It's quite overbearing and lacking in subtlety. I retract the statement from my review: this album is not as deep as the artwork suggests.

7.5
Mr. Doctor - 17.02.2012 at 21:12  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.02.2012 at 15:37

On a Sunn O))) binge and it's revealed to me that this album is considerable weaker than I first realised. It's quite overbearing and lacking in subtlety. I retract the statement from my review: this album is not as deep as the artwork suggests.


Meh, your past self is cooler than I thought. Not like it is a masterpiece but it is a pretty good album and I agree wth the review
The last track is hella sweet.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.02.2012 at 21:16  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 17.02.2012 at 21:12


Meh, your past self is cooler than I thought. Not like it is a masterpiece but it is a pretty good album and I agree wth the review
The last track is hella sweet.

The last track is the highlight but it felt like the first few tracks were just walls of drone without any intelligence behind it. I definitely prefer older stuff, I even properly listened to Domkirke which I have to say is rather impressive.
Mr. Doctor - 17.02.2012 at 21:23  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.02.2012 at 21:16
I even properly listened to Domkirke which I have to say is rather impressive.

It's a pretty nice live album indeed. Shame it's only on vinyl.
skydancer - 30.12.2012 at 16:26  
  On a side note:
Just a small explanation of "megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért":
It's the longest possible word in Hungarian language (probably the idea came from Csihar to use it)
It can be translated to something like this: "for all of your acting-like-you-cannot-be-sacrileged"
Jaeryd - 14.12.2014 at 10:57  
Rating: 8 I don't care much for Agartha, but Big Church, Hunting and Gathering, and Alice are all pretty great. A bit different than what they've done before, but still interesting. Nowhere near as good as the White albums or the Boris collab, but it's at least as good as Black One.
Apothecary - 31.01.2015 at 19:18  
Rating: 9 Jesus, there's conch shell and bass clarinet on this shit? I need to take a closer listen to try to pick those ones out
Mr. Doctor - 31.01.2015 at 19:34  
 
Written by Apothecary on 31.01.2015 at 19:18

Jesus, there's conch shell and bass clarinet on this shit? I need to take a closer listen to try to pick those ones out


You must have been triping by the last song because Alice is the track that has the highest amount of "extra" instruments compared to the others.
Apothecary - 31.01.2015 at 19:39  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 31.01.2015 at 19:34

You must have been triping by the last song

I do not necessarily deny that allegation
Apothecary - 19.07.2015 at 05:21  
Rating: 9 Well, revisiting the Sunn O))) discography today, I think I can firmly say that after Altar, this is probably my favorite thing they've done. I think it really represents a maturation of the band's sound, I mean the earlier albums are still great of course, but here the band got very creative with what other sounds could be incorporated into their mix, and the results, especially on Alice, are just spectacular. And Attila's vocals just go so naturally into the music... sorry to disappoint any Mayhem fans out there, but this guy just shines WAY more with the abstract shit like Sunn O))) and Gravetemple than he ever does with Mayhem. He totally complements the ritualistic vibe and sounds like some mad shaman reciting an invocation over the rest of the music.

Very, very curious to see where they go from here.
Mr. Doctor - 19.07.2015 at 23:59  
 
Written by Apothecary on 19.07.2015 at 05:21
this guy just shines WAY more with the abstract shit like Sunn O))) and Gravetemple than he ever does with Mayhem.

Bro, do you even Ordo Ad Chao?
Zaphod - 20.07.2015 at 00:16  
Rating: 7 Wouldn't call myself a Mayhem "fan" but he definitely shines just as much in Mayhem if you ask me.
no one - 20.07.2015 at 09:19  
  I'd also have to strongly disagree, but it could just be because Ordo Ad Chao and De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas are two albums that got me into bm.
Apothecary - 20.07.2015 at 14:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 19.07.2015 at 23:59

Bro, do you even Ordo Ad Chao?

Seems I uttered an unfathomably heathenous statement!
Yes, I do even Ordo Ad Chao. I even Esoteric Warfare as well. Guess I just enjoy Attila's performance with more droney, ambient projects to Mayhem. So sue me
Mr. Doctor - 20.07.2015 at 18:10  
 
Written by Apothecary on 20.07.2015 at 14:57
Yes, I do even Ordo Ad Chao. I even Esoteric Warfare as well. Guess I just enjoy Attila's performance with more droney, ambient projects to Mayhem. So sue me


He's actually better in OAC than Esoteric Walfare. I never said you couldn't prefer it here. But fact is: He's not at all as versatile with Sunn O))) than on Mayhem. He relies almost solely on his low spectrum while in Mayhem he does it all. So if we are talking purely on range: He shines way more with Mayhem.
Apothecary - 20.07.2015 at 18:31  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.07.2015 at 18:10

He's not at all as versatile with Sunn O))) than on Mayhem. He relies almost solely on his low spectrum while in Mayhem he does it all. So if we are talking purely on range: He shines way more with Mayhem.

I prefer that lower spectrum. He is operatically trained, and that background comes out more in Sunn O))) and some of the other ambient bands he's worked with than it does in Mayhem. So, to a more specific point, I guess I could say that Attila's lower range shines here.
Lit. - 20.07.2015 at 19:54  
  ...But only his lower range. Probably why I don't care for his performance on here. I like him more when he's doing those ungodly shrieks and high notes like he did on Mayhem. Granted, he also does the low range, but it sounds much better on those Mayhem albums.

I'd probably have to put fault on the fact, though, that this isn't a particularly good album, let alone comparable to Mayhem's latest two. Not even close to Sunn's best, especially since it came after Black One, which was phenomenal.

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