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Sunn O)))


drone, doom metal, experimental, dark ambient, noise


1998, Seattle

Současný label:

Southern Lord Records


Greg Anderson - Bass, Guitars (1998-present)
Stephen O'Malley - Guitars, Bass (1998-present)


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Sunn O)))



American drone metal band from Seattle, Washington that formed in 1998. The band is primarily known for its synthesis of diverse genres including drone, ambient, noise, extreme metal and for its extremely loud live performances. Supported by a varying cast of collaborators, the band was formed by two core members: Stephen O'Malley (also of Khanate and Burning Witch) and Greg Anderson (of Goatsnake and Engine Kid).

Sunn O))) is named after the Sunn amplifier brand, whose logo includes a circle next to the "SUNN" banner with waves heading off to the right (the band uses this logo in the cover art of many releases). In interviews, Stephen O'Malley stated that the name was also chosen as a play on the name of the band Earth (pioneers of drone music throughout the 1990s), reasoning that Sunn O))) revolved around Earth.

The band's style is characterized by extremely slow tempos, heavily distorted guitars, avoidance of rhythm and melody, and alternate tunings. The guitars are notable for their incredibly low register, frequently utilising tunings as low as drop A. Additionally, the band is known for using resonant feedback to create monolithic soundscapes and eerie atmospheres. Percussion is almost never incorporated, with a lack of any discernible beat. When performing live, the band wears robes, fills the air with fog, and plays at an extremely high volume.

For live performances, Hungarian-born Attila Csihar (Mayhem) has performed as the primary vocalist since 2003.


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