2019 album. Recorded by Steve Albini. Also available on vinyl.
Originally starting out as a side-project in 1998 as a tribute to Earth’s album ‘Earth 2’, Sunn O))) developed into a full time concern for founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson. Now they bring their eighth non-collaboration album, ‘Life Metal’. There will be a companion album ‘Pyroclasts’ to be issued later in 2019.
At the very beginning of 2018 Sunn O))) co-founders O’Malley & Anderson set out on a path toward a new album production. They were both determined to create new music and a new method of working in the studio, without forgetting the long and proud history of production and studio accomplishments forged during their first two decades of existence (and the members’ own musical experiences out of the band’s). One long term goal was completely clear: to record Sunn O))) with Steve Albini in his Electrical Audio studio. Steve took the call, said “Sure, this will be fun. I have no idea what is going to happen.”
Greg and Stephen gathered twice that spring for writing, conceptualising and riff woodshedding in the very building where the band was formed: Downtown Rehearsal in Los Angeles. In early summer a pre-production session with full backline, as a trio with T.O.S. on Moog, was recorded at Dave Grohl’s 606 studios, Northridge, California.
In July 2018 Sunn O))) spent just over two weeks in Chicago at Electrical Audio (Studio A) with Steve Albini at the helm. The results are astounding: there is breadth and luminosity of colour, it sounds vast. The sessions were impeccably recorded, authentically represented and completely accurate. The spectrum cracked the firmament open in clarity. An all analogue technique was used, they recorded and mixed on tape, providing a creative gateway for Sunn O))) to evolve their production methods into stronger, confident, performance based and a more logical executive process.
Sunn O))) were joined by Tim Midyett, on aluminium neck bass and baritone guitars; and Anthony Pateras on pipe organ.