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4.67 | 5 ratings
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4.26 | 13 ratings
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BORIS Boris at Last: -Feedbacker- Album Cover Boris at Last: -Feedbacker-
BORIS
4.06 | 17 ratings
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SUNN O))) White2 Album Cover White2
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4.08 | 9 ratings
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BORIS Amplifier Worship Album Cover Amplifier Worship
BORIS
4.00 | 17 ratings
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BORIS
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SUNN O))) Oracle Album Cover Oracle
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SUNN O))) White1 Album Cover White1
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3.80 | 13 ratings
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SUNN O))) White2

Album · 2004 · Drone Metal
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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.

SUNN O))) Oracle

Album · 2007 · Drone Metal
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At points Sunn O)))'s schtick has made them seem a bit like a joke band - like they aren't quite entirely serious about what they are doing. Not so on the deeply sinister Oracle, a slice of drone metal from Hell which in either its shorter EP version (lacking Helio)))sophist) or its 80 minute monster version represents some of the most genuinely disturbing sounds Sunn O))) have ever made. Atilla Csihar guests on the first track to take his contributions to Black One just that extra step further into total, haunting depravity. Apparently this was made for an art installation, which I guess explains the somewhat more serious tone.

MOSS Sub Templum

Album · 2008 · Drone Metal
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Now for something completely not different. Moss is a band hailing from the weirder side of doom metal- the occultist side. This area of doom has created some pretty weird and admittedly disturbing material, and UK's Moss is no exception.

If you've heard slow doom metal, you've never heard it like this. Most of the band's second album Sub Tempulum's monolithic 73 minute LP is devoted to the low rippling guitar screeches of Dominic Finbow with the slow cymbal crash on occasion. What I presume to be "vocals" of Olly Pearson's are distant, hoarse screams with indiscernible lyrics (not a big surprise). Honestly even with your basic "doom metal tools" laid perfectly out there for them Moss just seems to make a below-average album. Something I noticed is that Sub Templum is rather similar to Sleep's Dopesmoker, except just more repetitive, lower quality, and less fun. I myself as a fan of doom metal should know better than to expect much more from an obscure occult metal band, especially one from the doom genre, but I was nonetheless disappointing. This was even after I saw the decent album art. I'll pass on this one.

SUNN O))) White1

Album · 2003 · Drone Metal
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Sunn O))) are not the droniest of the drone metal bands, nor the doomiest of the doom metallers. They aren't even the droniest doomers or doomiest droners, at that. Moreover, weaving through their music is this constant impression that it might all just be some huge joke; see, for instance, the way they brought in eccentric British esotericist-musician Julian Cope to provide the vocals on My Wall, which ranges in between being a genuinely sincere-sounding evocation of Odin and self-referential "heavy metal forever, long live my guitar" nonsense of the Manowar variety. But there's just something about it that hooks you, despite all.

BORIS Amplifier Worship

Album · 1998 · Drone Metal
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Boris tend to vary a bit in releases between more purist drone and drone metal - the distinction being in how much in the way they lean on their post-rock and ambient influences and how many meaty Black Sabbath-on-valium riffs they work into their music. To my ears, the balance on Amplifier Worship is very much towards drone metal; take, for instance, album closer vomitself, which begins in slow doom metal territory and then somehow degrades into a grumbling earth tremor of a track. Goodness knows what the frog on the cover is supposed to represent, but ultimately what metalhead could go far wrong with an album called Amplifier Worship?

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