Sunn O))) - Life Metal 2-LP (Black vinyl)
The soundscapes on this album are incredible to hear and experience: dramatic, jagged, with drones soaring majestically to the firmament with peaks of shrill guitar feedback and diving to scoop out huge slabs of densely bristling sound, leaving large valleys and gulfs behind. The music is rich and gritty yet it moves and flows very easily, with the assurance of over 20 years' worth of drone doom exploration and discovery. The attitude behind the album is positive and uplifting, and radiant light abounds in all four tracks in spite of the melancholy of the spoken lyrics in the first track. I think in the years to come, "Life Metal" will be seen as one of Sunn0)))'s best recordings.