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Sunn O))) : White1

Featuring individuals which have either worked together with both Stephen and Greg in other bands (like Runhild of Thorr's Hammer) or have always been an important influence (Joe Preston, ex-Melvins and ex-Earth - very interesting given Sunn O)))'s worship of this band!), Sunn O))) pay homage to the great gods of feedback and drone. They bring them the sounds found on this album as their humble offering. 'White1' is both the temple and the offering in one package.

The album starts with the very enigmatic 'My Wall', a feedback driven chant that totally emerges you in its sonic doom. The mesmerising spoken vocals combined with slow minimalist drone played in the background, takes you to another world: a tranquil world where monks go on with their daily routine to pray to the great gods of drone. It is a solemn prayer that seems to last for days on end. Just close your eyes and drift away. When the prayer ends, the chants continue, as if they where preparing you for greater things. It is a cleansing to empty your mind and clear your thoughts.

'The Gates of Ballard' hails the return of the great priestess. Her prayers sound distant, yet you can't escape and need to give them your full attention. The sonic monks of Doom praise her in their play as the music gets more shape and body. The ritual has begun. The solemn possession and prayers of 'My Wall' set the mood perfectly for 'The Gates of Ballard'. The ritual remains one of careful movements and thought out patterns, but there is more pace in the music compared to before and your blood starts to flow a little faster as you listen in awe to this monolith of a track. Every movement becomes clear, every action has a reason, blood flows, pupils widen. Until finally all is silent, only a last tone remains, together with a distant drumbeat. Time seems to stand still in one perfect moment and it is as if all sound has ended, except for some residual feedback. And then, the ritual continues, as if nothing has happened. The religious experience continues, for sonic doom is the essence of all that now still is.

'A Shaving of the Horn that Speared You' starts in almost complete silence, as a sole and silent aftermath of the great ritual. A gathering of musical thoughts and reflection upon all that was. Slowly the guitars come back in tune and a musical sigh is released over and over again. Do not kid yourself, for the religious experience is not over yet, it is simply gathering its strength and showing you a time of reflection and introspection. The drone gods quietly hum in a contempt residue of feedback. A fragile feeling of tranquillity now sets the mood. When the musical sigh transforms itself into a verbal one and not soon after the chants begin again, you can't help but somehow feel transformed, enlightened and cleansed. Until all you can hear is the sound of the wind blowing and your CD-player switching off... the lesson has ended.

'White1' is the temple of Sonic Doom and Sunn O))) are its caretakers: peaceful monks who spend their days worshipping the gods of drone. The music found within this temple is like a ritual in 3 stages. Each of them is well-thought and in perfect harmony with the others: a musical journey in search of enlightenment. The atmosphere created on this album goes beyond that which can be described with normal words. This is the ecstasy of feedback, the religious motivation of doom, a divine motion in which all time seems to stand still. Some things simply pass beyond mere words, mere sounds, and you can not describe them anymore within these boundaries and simply have to let them take a hold of you and guide you. 'White1' is one of those rare albums. You will either get it, or be left in confusion and disbelief.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. My Wall
2. The Gates of Ballard
3. A Shaving of the Horn that Speared You

Duration : Approx. 59 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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