Sunn O))) & Ulver: Terrestrials (Southern Lord) - album review | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Sunn O)))Ulver

Terrestrials

Southern Lord

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Sunn O)))'s compositions sound delicate despite carrying the weight of a Mack Truck. It's not until eight minutes into Terrestrials' opening trackwhen quiet rumblings give way to a foreboding horn blastis Ulver's presence truly felt. Sunn O))) started this collaboration with the Norwegian group following a performance at Øya in 2008; the spontaneous jam was embellished via scattershot recording sessions over the next five years. The three tracksstretching 35 minutesbring together both units' sensibilities, but closer "Eternal Return" does it best. Building from prolonged bass notes and strings with swells of hushed feedback, Ulver permeate the mix with spacey synthesizer accoutrement and Kristoffer Rygg's sonorous vocal work; the soundscape feels like a terrifying Philip Glass composition. Terrestrials bolsters both bands' oeuvres. (www.sunn.southernlord.com)

Author rating: 7/10

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