For a band that plays at the speed of death, these dudes sure have been hitting the road pretty fast and furiously lately (at least, for them – remember, only a few shorts years ago this was a band that wouldn't be caught dead on a stage within three years of their last performance). However, in support of their brilliant new album Monoliths & Dimensions (seriously dude, buy that shit. It's got dynamics and everything!) the hooded menace themselves, SUNN O))), have announced a string of West Coast dates kicking off in Seattle, where they will headline two Southern Lord label showcase events.
The first night will be as a duo performing the the Shoshin/GrimmRobe Demos in their entirety! Which means one really really REALLY long, slow, drawn-out, LOUD note, and a whole lotta amplifier love. They will be joined by labelmates The Accüsed (this show serving as a record release show for the Accüsed album The Curse of Martha Splatterhead!), An encore Seattle performance follows the next night, this time alongside labelmates Earth, Pelican and Eagle Twin. After that, SUNN O))) will head south along the coast through California and into Utah and Colorado. (more…)
Chicago grind freaks HARPOON are gearing up for a week-long mini-tour that will see them puncturing their Midwestern safety bubble and taking their intense live show on the road. They'll be starting things off with a bang (or, more likely, a very, very heavy "ohhhhhhhhhm") supporting hooded drone druids SUNN 0))), then continuing eastward towards the coast. Along the way, they'll be supporting the aforementioned SUNN O))) , EAGLE TWIN, THE HUMAN QUENA ORCHESTRA, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, 7000 DYING RATS, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR and more. Don't miss these guys when they hit your city – they're guaranteed to damn near tear your face off with their merciless hypergrind. Dates after the jump… (more…)
Our comrades at MetalSucks recently scored an interview with guitarist GREG ANDERSON of ambient metal droners SUN O))). Anderson, who also co-founded prominent avant-metal label Southern Lord (BORIS, SAINT VITUS, EARTH,) revealed that his band's seventh album will be graces us sometime in the next few months, while spilling the beans on some exciting new Southern Lord releases. The interview reads, in part:
MetalSucks: What's it like to live the dual life of a working musician and a record label owner? Do you ever find those two things to be at odds with each other? How do you balance the needs of the label with life on the road?
Anderson: I actually think that potentially it can be the best way a label is run. As a musician who is running a label I have empathy for other artists/musicians and try to treat bands on the label how I would want a label to treat me. I think many other labels do not have this insight into the minds of their bands. These days I don't do much touring but when I'm out on the road I have a kick ass staff that takes care of business while I'm away.
MetalSucks: What do you think of the state of the overall metal scene today? Any new bands that are impressing you?
Anderson: It is very rare that a new band catches my interest these days. Part of the problem is that there are simply too many bands out there and it becomes harder to separate the wheat from the chaff. EAGLE TWIN and BLACK COBRA are 2 exceptions to this. Both bands' vigilant heaviness resonated immediately with me. Eagle Twin is comprised of one of my favorite guitar players: GENTRY DENSLEY, whom I met in the late eighties, and his work with Iceburn and other groups has always been a favorite of mine. Black Cobra to me embody several elements that a lot of bands lack these days. Their DIY ethos and relentless battering set them apart from many. I have also been enjoying: THOU and BLACK BREATH as of late.
MetalSucks: What's in the near future for both Sunn O))) and Southern Lord?
Anderson: 2009 is going to be an exciting year for both Southern Lord and Sunn O))). Southern Lord has several killer releases coming in the first half of the year. The debut solo album from SCOTT "WINO" WEINRICH (Saint Vitus, OBSESSED, THE HIDDEN HAND) entitled: "Punctuated Equilibrium," [read the MetalSucks review], the debut album from Norwegian black metal band ORCUSTUS (featuring members of ENSLAVED, GORGOROTH). The third studio album from Northwest Black Metal band WOLVES IN THE THROWN ROOM. And the albums from the two bands mentioned above: Eagle Twin and Black Cobra. The seventh Sunn 0))) studio album "Monoliths/Dimensions" will be released in April or May. The second half of the year is also starting to take shape and this may go down as our most prolific and eclectic year as a label yet!
Check out the rest of the interview, which includes Mr. Anderson's takes on CANNIBAL CORPSE, METALLICA, and the "hipster metal" label, right here.