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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SUNN 0))): New Studio CD, Live Album On the Way

SUNN 0)))'s seventh studio album is still in the incubation stages. Preliminary tracks have been recorded in Seattle, Washington with Randall Dunn (ALTAR ALBUM, EARTH, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM). Beyond the core duo of Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson, the CD features appearances by Attila Csihar (MAYHEM) and Oren Ambarchi. Renowned violinist (among other instruments) Eyvind Kang has also collaborated with SUNN 0))) on this album. Eyvind has been adding string and horn orchestration to the wicked sonic brew. The material is as diverse as ever, traversing new directions, yet grounded in the behemoth foundation of yore.

In other news, SUNN 0))) will release a double-vinyl-only live album later this summer entitled "Dømkirke". The recording is from a very special live performance by SUNN 0))) in a cathedral in Bergen, Norway. The Borealis festival commissioned a piece of music referring to the gothic Gregorian hymns of the late Middle Ages; hymns that flourished within the Bergen Cathedral in its earliest years. The building was built around 1180 in the age of the Great Famine and The Black Plague. The Gregorian hymns of this time reflected the despair, the terrors and darkness of the world, and consisted of long slow lines of unison melodies. The style, the dark mood and the slow melodic development are all elements that also can be traced back to SUNN 0)))'s musical universe. These parallels between SUNN 0))) and the medieval times gave birth to this commission. The SUNN 0))) core duo of Stephen O' Malley and Greg Anderson was joined by Attila Csihar (MAYHEM) on vocals, Steve Moore (EARTH, ASCEND, STEBMO) on organ, Lasse Marhog (JAZZKAMMER) on electronics, and T.O.S. on keyboards. Each LP side contains one singular piece:

Side 1) Why Dost Thou Hide Thyself In Clouds?
Side 2) Cannon
Side 3) Cymatics
Side 4) Mass Of The Ætmospheres

Like last year's "Oracle" LP release by SUNN 0))), this 180-gram heavyweight vinyl will be packaged in a super-deluxe gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves featuring stunning photographs of the performance.

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