|Review: Sunn O))) - øø Void|
Label: Southern Lord
Year released: 2012
Originally released in: 2000
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: April 14, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 1.94/5 (38.75%) (16 Votes)
The term "drone" has always raised a red flag for me. That said, Sunn O))) is a band that seems to get a lot of notoriety, so when the reissue of their debut, øø Void, came my way I decided to give it a listen. Brutally down-tuned guitars are the band's hallmark. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to learn some of the ambient sounds that characterize øø Void are high E strings from the guitars dragging on the ground. The tempos are laboriously slow and drawn out with only occasional chord changes or bent notes. Almost the entire album is instrumental and what vocals are present are way back in the mix.
I am not going to trash Sunn O))) simply because I don't care for their style of music. There are plenty of bands I don't like that are very good at what they do. øø Void isn't "bad" and I don't feel it is an affront to me, personally. I do think it is a bunch of noise with some slow, heavy guitars thrown in and, other than give me a headache, doesn't do much of anything. If this sounds like your kind of album, be my guest, but I hear little of value on øø Void.
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