Sunn O))) - Life Metal



6.7 | 42 votes |
Release date: 26 April 2019
Style: Drone doom metal, Dark Ambient

Owners:

19 have it
5 want it


01. Between Sleipnir's Breaths
02. Troubled Air
03. Aurora
04. Novae

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Cover art by Samantha Keely Smith

Staff review by
RaduP
Rating:
N/A
Death Metal is sooooo last year, now Life Metal is trending! Get on with the times, buckos!

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published 22.04.2019 | Comments (5)

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26.02.2019 - 01:13
Rating: 8
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Hoping they can get the wheels back on track here after that messy collab with Scott Walker and the abomination that was Kannon. The teaser they shared sounded pretty good so I'm cautiously excited for this one.
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Now who should I call? Should I call Mr. Strawberry?
No, I don't think I'll call Mr. Strawberry. I don't think he's taking calls.
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11.04.2019 - 21:52
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Written by Apothecary on 26.02.2019 at 01:13

Hoping they can get the wheels back on track here after that messy collab with Scott Walker and the abomination that was Kannon. The teaser they shared sounded pretty good so I'm cautiously excited for this one.

To be fair, that Grave Temple album Impassable Fears came out after both of those albums and it fuckin ruled so we know SoMa hasn't completely lost it yet.
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get that bag
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11.04.2019 - 22:52
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Actually saw this today at a record store. Didn't take my chances but wouldnt be surprised if it leaked somewhere.
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Take off those stupid glasses and kiss me
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11.04.2019 - 23:16
Mercurial
Written by RaduP on 11.04.2019 at 22:52

Actually saw this today at a record store. Didn't take my chances but wouldnt be surprised if it leaked somewhere.

They're releasing a few for record store day. Could probably have sold that for a small fortune.
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11.04.2019 - 23:59
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Mercurial on 11.04.2019 at 23:16

They're releasing a few for record store day. Could probably have sold that for a small fortune.

I might get it tomorrow if they still have it
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Take off those stupid glasses and kiss me
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12.04.2019 - 10:55
Rating: 8
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Alex F on 11.04.2019 at 21:52

To be fair, that Grave Temple album Impassable Fears came out after both of those albums and it fuckin ruled so we know SoMa hasn't completely lost it yet.

Yeah that one was pretty sick indeed. Definitely seems like O'Malleys non Sunn O))) bands are more interesting than Sunn O))) themselves lately though.
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Now who should I call? Should I call Mr. Strawberry?
No, I don't think I'll call Mr. Strawberry. I don't think he's taking calls.
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14.04.2019 - 10:52
Rating: 8
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Wow this is actually a lot better than I thought it would be, Sunn O))) back on point for sure.
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Now who should I call? Should I call Mr. Strawberry?
No, I don't think I'll call Mr. Strawberry. I don't think he's taking calls.
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14.04.2019 - 11:49
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Got it as well cheap for 10 euros at the Southern Lord stand at Roadburn. From the little bits I've heard Im getting the feeling we are getting a good one!
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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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20.04.2019 - 10:16
Rating: 9
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
"The band's second LP of the year is titled Pyroclasts; it's set for a fall release, and is reportedly "more meditative" than Life Metal."

For more info.
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21.04.2019 - 11:11
LuciferOfGayness
GolemOfWaffles
I appreciate the core of their music but overall its not crushing enough for me. I can take the vocals in the first track but the pling plong lightness in the second song is too much for me. Instead of using light, darker and heavier would have been more interesting imo.
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"Every night, full of drugs and liquor, I see, floating above my bed, the Devil.
This woman in white dress, Satan Herself.
She's beautiful. She's there for me. Translucent.
I'm in love with her."
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22.04.2019 - 16:21
Rating: 8
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by LuciferOfGayness on 21.04.2019 at 11:11

I appreciate the core of their music but overall its not crushing enough for me. I can take the vocals in the first track but the pling plong lightness in the second song is too much for me. Instead of using light, darker and heavier would have been more interesting imo.

They go for different approaches with each album it seems (except for White1 and White2, which are sort of a pair). If you want darker and more crushing Sunn O))), go for Black One or Monoliths & Dimensions for sure. Parts of the collab with Boris scratch that itch quite well too.

Also it appears that a second Sunn O))) album is on its way this year later in Fall, and it's been described as "more meditative" than this one. Not sure if that will mean darker and more crushing as well, but I think it's worth keeping an ear out to find out.
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Now who should I call? Should I call Mr. Strawberry?
No, I don't think I'll call Mr. Strawberry. I don't think he's taking calls.
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23.04.2019 - 12:02
Rating: 9
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
In case anyone looking for the story behind the album title, click here.

It gotta very interesting take on that.
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25.04.2019 - 14:17
Rating: 8
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 23.04.2019 at 12:02

In case anyone looking for the story behind the album title, click here.

It gotta very interesting take on that.

That link is blocked by my school district firewall at work for "Porn," apparently. Maybe there's an ad from XVideos or something on it
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Now who should I call? Should I call Mr. Strawberry?
No, I don't think I'll call Mr. Strawberry. I don't think he's taking calls.
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25.04.2019 - 21:35
Rating: 9
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Apothecary on 25.04.2019 at 14:17

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 23.04.2019 at 12:02

In case anyone looking for the story behind the album title, click here.

It gotta very interesting take on that.

That link is blocked by my school district firewall at work for "Porn," apparently. Maybe there's an ad from XVideos or something on it


Cool. Ok, just to save you from getting caught watching grandpa on grandpa action.

Here it is,
Q: Tell me about the title Life Metal.

ANDERSON: Well it's a relative of death metal. I'll just throw that out there. The story's actually kind of humorous. We were at a party with Nicke Andersson from Hellacopters and Entombed. And he was talking about when Entombed had signed to Columbia Records in the mid-'90s. He started getting calls from his old friends in Norway in the black metal scene saying that he was a sellout and that he was no longer "death metal," he was "life metal." And [he was] actually getting death threats, I guess. So we thought that was the most insane thing we'd ever heard, and it kind of became an inside joke with the band. Like, when something, like, not gloom-and-doom was happening, it was "life metal." A vocalist we work with, Attila [Csihar of Mayhem], was getting really into fitness on tour.

O'MALLEY: Exercising in the morning and stuff instead of being dead in the back of the bus.

ANDERSON: So, he would say, "Hey bros, I'm gonna go do some life metal." It just became this inside joke among the band. I think the title was also a really accurate description or reflection of the music and also the mindset and the mood of the players on the record. Me and Stephen and Tos [Nieuwenhuizen], the keyboard player, [were] just at a point in our life where things were a different sort of tone and mood. And I think that's reflected in the playing, which is really the important part. I think that the title reflects the atmosphere of the music.

And really, the artwork for the record and the choices made there with the colors and stuff, it's very different from our other records which are very there are a lot of dark [tones] and a lot of blacks and whites and things like that.

O'MALLEY: It's also related to Venom. They started the whole thing. The descriptive types of metal.

ANDERSON: Black Metal, right.
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17.05.2019 - 21:26
Rating: 5
carltonh
Death metal is lively, this is the opposite.
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