Sunn O))) Announce “Shoshin (初心) Duo” U.S. Tour

Sunn O)))’s Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley have announced a “Shoshin (初心) Duo” U.S. tour. The following was said about the trek:

“They’ll perform as a pair, immersed in profound valve amplification, spectral harmonics, distortion, and volume. Pure and primeval riffs of temporality, massively heavy structures of sound pressure. Witness a live experience of physical sound, and glacial maximalism like no other.”

Tour Dates:

12/09 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
12/10 Pelham, TN – The Caverns
12/12 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
12/13 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
12/14 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
12/16 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
12/17 Brooklyn, NY – Pioneer Works
01/24 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
01/26 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
01/28 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
01/30 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
01/31 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater
02/02 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
02/04 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room

In other news, Sunn O))) have also released a new vinyl pressing of “Flight Of The Behemoth.” You can get that effort through Bandcamp.

“Stranger Things” Actor Jamie Campbell Bower Listened To Mayhem, Darkthrone, Etc. To Prepare For The Role Of Vecna

Jamie Campbell Bower, the actor who played Vecna in “Stranger Things,” has revealed the bands that he listened to while preparing for the role. Among them are Sunn O))), Carpathian Forest, Darkthrone, and Mayhem.

Bower said the following during an appearance on the “Kyle Meredith With…” podcast:

“When I was prepping for Vecna, to get into Vecna, I would use a lot of bands like Sun 0))), Carpathian Forest, Darkthrone, Mayhem. A lot of black metal kind of stuff that I just really latched onto and thought, ‘Wow, this is great.’ There’s also something about the sensitivity in the way black metal is made and their belief system which I really fucking vibe with.”

He also added:

“That was Vecna getting into Vecna. Escaping Vecna… I’m a huge fan of Placebo. I love Placebo. And obviously Placebo covered Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” sometime in, I dunno, I guess it must have been the late ’90s, early 2000s. And so I would go with that. Why not stick to the theme that’s already in the show? But the song is so beautiful, we love Kate Bush, we stan Kate Bush… Or if I’m being really naughty, if someone wanted me to be naughty, and they asked, ‘What would you pick?’, I would say, ‘I dunno, fucking Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party in the USA” or something bollocks like that.”

[via Consequence]

Sunn O))) To Release New Live Album “Metta, Benevolence. BBC 6Music: Live On The Invitation Of Mary Anne Hobbs”

Sunn O))) will be releasing a new live album titled “Metta, Benevolence. BBC 6Music: Live On The Invitation Of Mary Anne Hobbs” on November 26 (vinyl out January 28). The effort was recorded during a 2019 session at BBC‘s Maida Vale Studios. Notably, that performance also featured Anna Von Hausswolff. The album will feature the following:

01. “Pyroclasts F”
02. “Pyroclasts C#”
03. “Troubled Air”

Pre-orders are available HERE and a preview of “Troubled Air” can be found below:

Sunn O))) Raised Over $10,000 For Charity With Limited Edition “Life Metal” Demo Collections

Earlier this month, Sunn O))) released several “Life Metal” demo collections via Bandcamp for one day only. Now, the band have revealed that the demos ended up generating over $10,000 for the Global FoodBanking Network.

The group commented:

“Thanks to you our great friends and fans, we’ve raised over $10,000 for the Global FoodBanking Network through the LIFE METAL Rehearsal demos Bandcamp fundraiser on May 1st!

Stephen and Greg and all of SUNN O))) would like to send our gratitude and hails to you all for your support, kindness and empathy for this fundraiser.

It’s marvellous to be able to open a channel of support and charity through SUNN O)))’s music and concept in this challenging and strange time.

Please go to The Global FoodBanking Network for more information from the charity.

Stay safe and sane.


Sunn O))) Release Limited Edition “Life Metal” Demo Collections

Sunn O))) are allowing fans to get some “Life Metal” demo collections for one day only (May 1). The band commented:

“Today we are offering 3 previously unreleased O))) recordings. During the writing of the Life Metal album, Greg and Stephen created three rehearsal demos of riffs and production ideas in Greg’s Downtown LA rehearsal studio. They are raw, primordial, translucent, amusing, rough, heavy-as-fuck and paralyzing. We are pleased to offer them via Bandcamp exclusively and only on the 1st of May. Here are the demo links:

All proceeds from the Bandcamp sales shall be going to the Global Food Banking Network, who support food banks affected by COVID-19 crisis. Also all our albums are 50% off on May 1st only!

thanks for your support
stay safe

Sunn O))) Announce January European Dates

Sunn O))) have announced some January European shows. Here’s the dates:

01/24 Rome, ITA – Orion
01/25 Bologna, ITA – TPO
01/26 Trezzo d’Adda, ITA – Live CLub
01/29 Kortrijk, BEL – De Kreun
01/30 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUX – Kulturfabrik

The group will also be playing a “Let There Be Drone” residency at the La Gaité Lyrique in Paris, France on January 31 – February 2.

Sunn O))) To Release New Album “Pyroclasts” In October

Sunn O))) have announced that their new album “Pyroclasts” will be released on October 25. The effort was recorded with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, IL, during the same sessions that yielded the band’s recently released album “Life Metal.” You can find a teaser for “Pyroclasts” below:

A press release offered more info on the album:

‘The ‘Pyroclasts‘ album is the result of a daily practice which was regularly performed each morning, or evening during the two week ‘Life Metal‘ sessions at Electrical Audio during July 2018, when all of the days musical participants would gather and work through a twelve-minute improvised modal drone at the start and or end of the day’s work.

The piece performed was timed with a stopwatch and tracked to two-inch tape, it was an exercise and a chance to dig into a deep opening or closing of the day’s session in a deep musical way with all of the participants. To connect/reconnect, liberate the creative mind a bit and greet each other and the space through the practice of sound immersion. The players across the four pieces of Pyroclasts are Tim Midyett, T.O.S., Hildur Guðnadóttir, and as always Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson’

‘The music on ‘Pyroclasts‘ is inextricably woven to ‘Life Metal‘. It exists on the very same tape reels, was explicitly recorded by Steve Albini. The brightness and vividness of that glorious session glares through these four tracks, the precision and radiance, prismatic lustrousness of the saturation, the elemental sculptural shapes, the abstract renderings. It is a sister, or perhaps a shadow album. Or perhaps the now apparent miasma or aether. But it also exists in a form of a pause, a time space which exist in between and around the compositional structures of Sunn O)))‘s titanic works.’

“Pyroclasts” Track Listing:

Side A:


Side B:


Sunn O))) Announce September West Coast Tour

Sunn O))) have announced a September West Coast tour. Here’s the dates:

09/01 Dallas, TX – Granada (with Papa M & Big|Brave)
09/02 Austin, TX – Emo’s (with Papa M & Big|Brave)
09/04 Denver, CO – The Gothic (with Papa M & Big|Brave)
09/08 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan (with Papa M & Big|Brave)
09/09 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (with Papa M & Big|Brave)
09/11 Seattle, WA – The Showbox (with Papa M)
09/12 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall (with Papa M)

Sunn O))) Stream New Album “Life Metal”

Sunn O))) recently released physical copies of their new album “Life Metal” in independent record stores as part of Record Store Day and now the effort is available to stream in full over at NPR. The record will be released in digital outlets and other retailers on April 26. The group are also planning to release another new album titled “Pyroclasts” in the fall.