Slipped Disc: Sunn O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions

Jason Cook

Albums that missed our Top 60 Albums list, but at least one of our writers loves.

Artist: Sunn O)))

Album: Monoliths and Dimensions

Label: Southern Lord


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About three seconds into Monoliths and Dimensions you know exactly what you're getting into. Well, maybe not exactly, but I would guess most listeners have decided within a minute if this album is for them. The opening “riff”--a bass note so low and with so much feedback it's origin could be Cthulu itself--drones on for longer than most pop songs. The vocals (however sparse) are from a man possessed, guttural and foreign and terrifying. Even seemingly innocent instruments like the trombone are warped and twisted into a nightmarish audio assault. But unlike most metal, this album's slow burn--no more than a candle flickering on a dark horizon--will drown you under it's weight. Four songs. 53 minutes. Only one track (just barely) under the 10-minute mark. This is an album that locks you up and throws away the key.

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