Sunn O))) announce new LP + U.S. tour dates

Sunn O))) by Ronald Dick

Drone/doom metal favorites Sunn O))) have announced Life Metal, their first new studio full-length record in four years (the follow-up to 2015’s Kannon), slated for release this April via Southern Lord.

A press release reads:

At the very beginning of 2018, Sunn O))) co-founders Stephen O’Malley & Greg Anderson set out on a path toward a new album production. They were both determined to create new music and a new method of working in the studio, without forgetting the long and proud history of production and studio accomplishments forged during their first two decades of existence (and the members’ own musical experiences out of the band’s). One long term goal was completely clear: to record Sunn O))) with Steve Albini in his Electrical Audio studio. Steve took the call, said “Sure, this will be fun. I have no idea what is going to happen.”

Also worth noting:

There is a second more meditative LP titled Pyroclasts, also recorded by Steve Albini in parallel, and which will be revealed in the autumn 2019 (more later) with all music performed by Stephen, Greg, T.O.S., Tim Midyett, and Hildur Guðnadóttir.

The new album will be supported by European and U.S. tours this winter and spring, marking the band’s first American trek since 2017 (did you catch them at Knockdown Center?), and kicking off the start of their 2019-2020 touring season.

As part of the stateside crusade (ft. support from Papa M), the outing hits the Tri-state area for the following stops:

April 24 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
April 25 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
April 26 New Haven, CT @ College Street

Additionally, more European shows, plus UK dates will be announced for the fall.

All upcoming shows, Life Metal‘s cover art, track listing and audio preview, plus more info can be accessed below.

Related: Sunn O)))‘s Stephen O’Malley‘s other drone/dark ambient project KTL (also with Peter Rehberg of Pita fame) have booked a rare show at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge for March 27 [TIX].



March 2019 – Europe:
February 28 DE Frankfurt Mousonturm
March 1 AT Graz Elevate festival/Orpheum
March 2 CZ Prague Divadlo Archa
March 3 E Hamburg Kampnagel
March 4 NL Amsterdam Paradiso
March 6 FR Lyon L’Epicerie Moderne
March 7 FR Nancy L’Autre Canal
March 8 FR Dijon La Vapeur
March 9 FR Rouen QuasaRites Day/Le 106
March 11 FR Tours Le Temps Machine
March 12 FR Nantes Stereolux
March 13 FR La Rochelle La Sirene
March 14 FR Bordeaux Le Rocher de Palmer

April 2019 – North America (support: Papa M):
April 17 Cleveland, OH @ Agora
April 18 Detroit, MI @ Masonic
April 19 Chicago, IL @ Rockefeller Chapel
April 20 Pelham, TN @ The Caverns
April 24 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
April 25 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
April 26 New Haven, CT @ College Street
April 28 Washington, DC @ The Howard


Sunn O)))Life Metal track listing:

1. Between Sleipnir’s Breaths
2. Troubled Air
3. Aurora
4. Novae


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