SUNN O))) — White2 (review)

SUNN O))) — White2 album cover Album · 2004 · Drone Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Warthur
Sunn O)))'s White2 continues the drone metal explorations of White1 but seems to come from a more serious place. There's nothing on here like the narration of My Wall from White1, for instance, which seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it aspect of that album: rather than walking a tightrope between sincerity and parody, Sunn O))) demonstrate their seriousness.

Opening track Hell-O)))-Ween is a more purist drone metal piece, whilst bassAliens takes us into a trippy space rock realm reminiscent at times of the first Tangerine Dream album. But it's the sickening void of Decay2 (Nihil's Maw), with vocals from Attila Csihár (in his first of several collaborations with the band) that points to the future, providing a sort of appetiser for the terrors of Black One.

Between them, this triptych of tracks puts paid to any suggestion that just because you play drone metal that automatically means all your material sounds the same, and it might well be Sunn O)))'s best album.
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