Sunn O))), Eagle Twin, Chord | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., July 2, 9:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $15
All-ruling doom duo Sunn 0))) have thrown down the gauntlet with their seventh studio album, Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord)—and it’s less a glove than an armored fist that tunnels straight down to the center of the planet. Though core members Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson can make a mesmerizing record with just guitars and basses, they’ve long used collaborators to give their massive drones extra layers of color and texture, and here they’ve invited literally dozens—among the extra instruments are harp, flute, conch shell, hydrophone, and tubular bells. The album’s impressive horn section includes trumpeter Cuong Vu and trombonist Julian Priester; Eyvind Kang, playing viola, contributes a perversely macro form of microtonality; a women’s choir led by Jessika Kenney, who specializes in Persian classical music and has worked with Wolves in the Throne Room, adds a pulsing, ethereal chant; and other guests include guitarists Dylan Carlson (from Earth) and Oren Ambarchi and vocalist Attila Csihar (from Mayhem and Tormentor). Ambarchi and Csihar are both members of Anderson’s side project the Burial Chamber Trio, and Csihar has sung (if that’s the word) with Sunn 0))) before; he turns in commanding performances on three of the four epic tracks on Monoliths & Dimensions. Every time I think these guys have topped out and can’t surprise me anymore, they stomp on my certainty and make charnel-house sculpture out of its broken bones, God bless ’em. The touring lineup is O’Malley, Anderson, Csihar, and Steve Moore, who plays keyboards and trombone on the album. Eagle Twin and Chord open. —Monica Kendrick



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