For over twenty years, Sunn O))) have been challenging the way we think about music. In that relatively brief time, core members Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson have forged connections between the worlds of metal, drone, contemporary composition, jazz, and minimalism with startling results, all while remaining true to the eternal principles of volume, density, and weight.
This spring and summer 2019 they return to Berlin twice for the first time since 2015, in support of Life Metal, their first studio album in four years, which is to be released worldwide on 26 April 2019 via Southern Lord.
Two special Sunn O))) live performances will descend on Festsaal Kreuzberg July 30 and 31. Both Berlin shows will be supported by solo performances of Caspar Brötzmann, one of the most unique and innovative guitarists of the last forty years.
With his Berlin-based trio Massaker, he evolved a whole new autonomous approach to writing rock songs, starting from sounds that were widely considered ornamental, if not detrimental “sonic waste,” such as shrieking feedback and droning overtones. Ultra-heavy riffs, unhinged beats, ominous tribal chants, and raw physical force are conjured by sinister, thrilling minds.
Even today, as the art of noise has reached a level of sophistication that no one could have imagined thirty years ago, Caspar Brötzmann’s music is resoundingly singular. Starting with Brötzmann’s 1988 debut album The Tribe and its 1989 follow-up Black Axis, Southern Lord will reissue 5 of the remarkable guitarist’s albums throughout 2019.
Sunn O)))’s live shows will be preceded by a Life Metal listening session at Berghain’s Säule on 3 April. Southern Lord Records (co-founded by O’Malley and Anderson themselves) collaborate with Editions Mego sub-label Ideologic Organ (run by O’Malley) to present the evening, showcasing Life Metal in its ideal listening setting.