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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2019

For yet another year, metal shows its endless well of creativity through fierce musicianship and ambitious outlook, highlighted through these 20 exquisite records.

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Sunn O)): Kannon

Hot off the heels of collaborations with Scott Walker and Ulver, Sunn O))) return with some serious spiritual matter.

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Sunn O))) + Phurpa: London - 18 August 2015

This is an uninterrupted, dynamic journey to the purity of sound, to decomposition, rather than its opposite, to the destruction of music in the search of silence

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Goatsnake: Black Age Blues

Sunn O))) guitarist Greg Anderson has revived his old band, and it's a balm to anyone who fears that all the good power chord progressions have already been written.

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Scott Walker and Sunn O))): If You Don't Beat Me, the Stasi Will

Soused’s trapped, bleating circus elephants are harbingers of the prison-planet drones and transhuman monstrosities yet to come. Prepare for heightened beatings, motherfuckers.

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Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - "Brando" (video)

The lead track off of the Scott Walker and Sunn O))) collaboration LP Soused tells a crazy story on its own; now, however, it's got some haunting visual accompaniment to join it.

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Scott Walker and Sunn O))): Soused

Twin titans of the underground come together to craft essentially what you'd expect a collaboration of this nature to sound like, for better or worse.

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Mayhem: Esoteric Warfare

Quite frankly, there is nothing on Esoteric Warfare which has not been conceived, done and reiterated by the likes of Anaal Nathrakh, Ephel Duath, Sigh and Deathspell Omega.

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Ensemble Pearl: Ensemble Pearl

Sunn O))) make towering, thunderous metal concerned more with volume than detail. But guitarist Stephen O’Malley’s newest project, Ensemble Pearl, is all about the little things.

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Sunn O))) Meets Nurse with Wound: The Iron Soul of Nothing

NWW's unabashed nonconformity has been put to fine use throughout its existence, but this has to be one of the greatest examples of its aberrant minimalism. Sunn O))) and NWW are a match made in Valhalla.

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Sunn O))): ØØ Void

While Sunn O)))'s profile is now well established, ØØ Void takes us back to when the band began perfecting the layering of feedback-enriched textures atop a substrata of fissure-ridden doom.

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The Day the (AM) Music Died

There are songs played on AM radio that I would never put on at home, or want to hear in a bar or on an iPod; they only seem to sound good on a tinny AM receiver, especially the one in my car.

Jay Somerset
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Sunn O))): Monoliths and Dimensions

The drone duo sounds as imposing as ever, but the big surprise is just how inviting their seventh studio album turns out to be.

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Sunn O))): Black One

Doom greats Sunn O))) and their collaborator Oren Ambarchi provide us with two wildly disparate, yet similarly abstract examples of ambient/drone music.

Adrien Begrand
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