Sunn 0))) - Monoliths & Dimensions

2009; Southern Lord Records; Seattle, Washington

When it comes down to it there are two sides to the avant-garde. Strip it down to the point its unrecognizable, until it hits sharp, until the emotion has no stopping block from the creater to the reciever, or keep adding keep refining keep building keep crafting until you have something that fucking shines. something massive and beautiful. The minimalists and the maximalists if you will. And wile most of the experimental music I posses falls into the former category, well, a bit of grandiose is more then welcome.

So I will be frank, out with it right up front: Sunn 0))) have crafted a masterpiece. Thats it. There is so much power in these drawn out tracks that its staggering to think about. And more then that, there is no precedence, or at least none that I know of, so trying to explain what the listening experience is like is almost futile.

And ok, drone metal is not the most fun thing in the world, and yes, at times its kind of boring. On the first track nothing at all happens for five minutes, noting interesting happens until the nine minute point. But man, just sit back. Let it wash over you. because by the time it hit the seventeen minute point and came to an end I didn't know what had happened to me. It felt like being hit by a bus. It felt like I had passed out and my mind was just starting to fizzle back into motion.

and MY GOD, i have never felt anything like it, and it had to be listened to again.

Metal's merits usualy lie in the undeniable fun it contains, its weird ability to make you feel evil and powerful and happy and, well, fuckin awesome. And somehow these two guys dressed in ridiculous black cloaks do all that and more and, damn, could somebody please get me a glass of water?

1. Aghartha
2. Big Church (Megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért)
3. Hunting & Gathering (Cydonia)
4. Alice

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