Your reaction to Sunn O)))'s Life Metal will depend on whether you prefer a reminder of what Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley do so well, or wish that they were still unlocking new potential within what the band can be.
The debut LP by the sonic malefactors behind Dead in the Dirt, The Blind Hole, is an ugly, wretched thing—in all the right ways. The overarching grindcore sonic is given life by potent injections of doom, crust, and hardcore, not to mention the trio's vegan straightedge philosophy.
What We All Come to Need is as aphoristic about living as it is metaphoric about dying. It’s a musical version of Picasso’s Guernica where the instruments are the paintbrushes and your ears are the canvas.