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Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord, 2009)


…it’s called Monoliths & Dimensions.

Nick: ho ho

4 songs in 54 minutes.

long songs…


I’m sure the lyrics are significant but I can’t hear them, it’s just a rumble.

all it’s missing is a horror film to go along with it.

because it’s not music, it’s a soundtrack.

again, it’s somebody who is either trying to have everybody on or is taking himself too seriously.

doesn’t scare me!

might scare an 11 year old in the dark in his bedroom…

though it’s quite tiring to listen to.

obviously based on droning aeroplanes.

how much longer did you say this is going to last?

ehm, hold on…..another 20 minutes or so.

ok, I don’t know if I’ll be able to hold out.

actually it’s 30 minutes, I did my maths wrong.

not surprising, with that in your ears, your whole life could go wrong.

this is phony, pretentious, terrible terrible stuff.

it’s actually a great relief when it stops.

has he got a day job?

yeah he works in a creche.

does he?


well I was about to say he doesn’t seem in any way dangerous.

he sounds like a little pussycat with a tiny mickey.


so he tries to compensate by making this ‘scary’ ‘masculine’ ‘dark’ rubbish.

you’d only have to walk up to him and say BOO!

it’s a little bit Darth Vader-y too isn’t it?

to me it depicts a sad lack of…. everything

musicality, intelligence, sensitivity, creativity mainly creativity.

you name it, it lacks it.

I’m sad to say whoever made this doesn’t have a creative bone their body.

you made it to the end.

not willingly, that is one of the worst attempts at…..being original and all that….

absolute crap!

it’s just…..nothing.

You know Sunn O))). Even if you’ve never heard them you know them. They’re the guys who wear cloaks and have beards and play low and slow in front of 870 amps. Some of their songs are ridiculously, unintentionally silly (like the first 3 here) and others are strangely, massively beautiful (like the last one here).



Earth – Hex: Or Printing In The Infernal Method (Southern Lord, 2005)


Nick: are these people popular?

kind of, they’re not Beatles big but they’re certainly very influential.

I find that hard to believe, to me this music has no merit whatsoever.

I’m surprised the people playing it haven’t fallen asleep already, it’s so boring.

dictatorial governments worldwide should be using this for torture.

what do they call this?

well, they started of as drone metal I guess, but this is something different, it’s got more in common with country than metal don’t you think? very slow and dark country music.

country? what country? Albania during it’s worst historical time?

drone metal? emperors new clothes!

”this is so bad we have to give it a cool name or no one will like it”

maybe if a short snippet of it was used to score a scene in a movie it would be alright but stretched this far it’s unbearable, does it change at any point?

it always reminds me of one of your favorite authors.

and who’s that?

do you not pick up a heavy Cormac McCarthy vibe from this? Blood Meridian in particular?

well, if that were the case…I mean, that could be true if Cormac McCarthy’s books only contained six words each, this doesn’t show different vistas, it just goes relentlessly on saying the same thing.

the only thing connecting them is gloom.

glue or gloom?


(track 6 – An Inquest Concerning Teeth)

this one’s a little different than the ones that came before it.

I don’t hear it.

well in the middle it gets kind of, just barely hopeful.

(record ends)

oh good.

that had very few redeeming features.

so it did have some?


The legendary Earth, will be returning to Whelans in Dublin on the 21st of April thanks to the mighty men of U:MACK. Last time they played I got way too stoned, then minutes before they came on I got a call telling me a guy I knew had just died, the situation would’ve been highly comical had it not been so tragic.