SUNNO))) Life Metal (Gold vinyl exclusive US Version) 2 LP

SUNNO))) Life Metal (Gold vinyl exclusive US Version) 2 LP

Southern Lord

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Sunn O)))
Life Metal

Between Sleipnir’s Breaths
Troubled Air
Aurora
Novæ


Greg Anderson (Guitars L, bass drum)
Stephen O’Malley (Guitars R)

T.O.S. Nieuwenhuizen (moog)
Hildur Guðnadóttir (Haldorophone, Electric Cello, Voice)
Tim Midyett (Bass Guitar, Bass Crotales)
Anthony Pateras (Pipe Organ)

Written & produced by Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson.
Arranged by Sunn O))) in constellations.

Recorded & mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago July 2018.

Mastered & cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, London October 2018.
Pipe Organ on ‘Troubled Air’ arranged, performed, recorded and premixed by Anthony Pateras at Schlosskappelle, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart July 2018.
Life Metal preproduction at 606 studios, Northridge June 2018, engineered by John Lousteau.

Paintings by Samantha Keely Smith. “Manifold” (detail) (2015, cover), “Pulse” (detail) (2016, gatefold left), gatefold right “Amplify” (detail) (2017, gatefold right) & “Beacon” (detail) (2014, back cover).
Portrait photos by Ronald Dick, London 1018. Photo session produced by Sylvia Farago and assisted by Karen Langley.
Vedic Astrologue charts generated by Angel Deradoorian.
Sunn O)))‘s robes by Alexandra Groover.

Sunn O))) art direction : Stephen O’Malley

Hail to Steve for making this great recording experience happen!
Thanks : Sunn O))) hordes worldwide, we wouldn’t be here without you. Lou and all at 606, Edwin, Samantha and Ronald for their efforts and generosity. Attila Csihar for his understanding. Gratitude to our partners & crew David/UTA, Vincent/Odyssey, Liz/Orchard, Guy/SLREU & Southern Lord staff, Lauren Barley, Masco))), Chris "The Candyman" Fullard, Pete Stahl, Anne Weckström, Aleš Meduna, Tomas Zakopal, Chloé Liorzou.

Stephen would like to thank Gisèle Vienne, Alvin Lucier, Iancu Dumitrescu & Phill Niblock for sharing with me their courage & wisdom and dedicates this album to departed & deeply missed: Mika Vainio, Anna-Maria Avram & Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Greg Anderson: My performance on this recording is dedicated to Jennifer, Thora, Orson & Nolan Anderson. Your continual love & support is my life metal.
T.O.S. thanks Lester Polsfuss, Conrad Sundholm & Philip K. Dick for inspiration.

Published by Ideologic Organ (SACEM) & Sabbath Rehash (BMI)

Recorded & mixed on magnetic tape.
LP edition is mastered in a pure analogue chain from tape to cut (AAA), digital editions are mastered from tape to file (AAD).


Not forever on earth; only a little while here.
Be it jade, it shatters.
Be it gold, it breaks.
Be it a quetzal feather, it tears apart.
Not forever on earth; only a little while here.

Like a painting, we will be erased.
Like a flower, we will dry up here on earth.
Like plumed vestments of the precious bird.
That precious bird with the agile neck,
We will come to an end.

He goes his way singing, offering flowers.
And his words rain down
Like jade and quetzal plumes.
Is this what pleases the Giver of Life?
Is that the only truth on earth?

– Poetry by the tlatoani Nezahualcoyōtl (1st & 2nd stanzas)
& the teohua Ayocuan Cuetzpaltzin (3rd stanza), 15th century

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