Sunno))) + Earth, Blå, Oslo - 7. March 2006
- by Catgirl -
We entered BLÅ,
a small club at Grünerløkka, in good time
for the concerts.Save from a few scattered people the
room was empty and the merch stand was busier than the
bar. We were welcomed by the sacral sound of chanting
munks and the expression "quiet before the storm"
came to mind.
One beer later Earth had come on stage playing their
dark Americana with mighty steel guitars and a trombone.
Between songs a quirky voice utters "thank you
folks" in a way that makes you think of old hippies.
Their new album is a very laid back ordeal compared
to earlier stuff like Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars.
Earth has been around since the 90s and was playing
doom metal long before their peers of today. Well, back
to the show... Those lazy steel guitars being lifted
up further by the trombone really makes for a good listening
experience. Though the tension in the music gradually
builds up, it is never quite released. As a big fan
of explosions of sound in a grandeur climax..I am waiting
in vain here. With Earth softened up a bit this is excellent
warm-up before Sunno))) is going to wreck our bodies
and souls. Then after another quirky "thanks"
Earth leaves the stage and everyone runs for a cigarette
break while we run for better spots up front in the
Sun amps and a lot of
The wait for Sunno))) is
a long one. But we take the time to talk about Earth
and what to expect from the oncoming storm. A little
anticipation is only good for you.
Finally something is happening onstage. The sharp hiss
of the smoke machines repeatedly make our heads turn
and the smoke slowly fill the small room. Ssssssss...Good
thing they're not playing a bigger venue - we'd be here
till morning...SSSsssssss... And as I utter "I
feel like I'm stuck in something from Stephen King's
The Mist.." a guttural roar escapes from somewhere
among the 6 large amps towering on stage, and the whole
entourage walks on stage in their munk's robes. The
first wave hits. In a crowd that's 95% male I can enjoy
looking around at big grins as they turn to their fellow
men (and geeks) and share their nods of savoir faire.."yeah...that's
what I'm talking about.."
The vibrations are insane.
It makes your nose tingle, your ears itch and your breath
feels like the air is being sucked out of your mouth
in short quick waves. Soon my entire body is overtaken
by this sick, warped vibrating sensation..like a everlasting
hum. Those of you familiar with Stephen King's The
Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass - f "The Thinny".
The visuals are not as distinct
as their show at Roskilde 2005, but the sound is much
more overwhelming and ground shaking. Though the new
album Black One doesn't kill you on CD..it sure
pose some danger live.
A little note from www.nuclearblast.de
"Metal Kitty wrote:
gorycorpe go to http://www.doom-metal.com and check
the bands lists. They have info about Sunn O))). I read
somewhere the Sunn o))) concert goers where going to
the toilet hahaha.
Supposedly the band hit frequencies so low that it makes
the bowels react violently"
The band played for almost
an hour and throughout that time various attacks are
launched on your internal organs. Not once does the
hum stop. Though constructed pierce through bone and
marrow, the music doesn't seem that loud. The volume
is pretty bearable, but the vibrations and the consistancy
of it are the real assassins. The scene show is quite
ritual and theatrical with all band members raising
their instruments to the sky to hail...the feedback.
Then it's over. Someone's
muffled voice reach my head which feels like someone
stuck me in a padded tin tank. A rather large one too.
Is there anybody out there....?
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