30 07 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany


TICKETS

CTM Festival is proud to present the return of Sunn O))) to Berlin.

For over twenty years, Sunn O))) have been challenging the way we think about music. In that relatively brief time, core members Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson have forged connections between the worlds of metal, drone, contemporary composition, jazz, and minimalism with startling results, all while remaining true to the eternal principles of volume, density, and weight. This spring and summer 2019 they return to Berlin twice for the first time since 2015, in support of Life Metal, their first studio album in four years, which is to be released worldwide on 26 April 2019 via Southern Lord. Two special Sunn O))) live performances will descend on Festsaal Kreuzberg on 30 and 31 July, respectively. Supporting both shows will be the singular Berlin guitarist Caspar Brötzmann. A series of his eternally grinding guitar works is currently being reissued by Southern Lord.

At the very beginning of 2018, Sunn O))) co-founders Stephen O'Malley and 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, but without forgetting the accomplishments forged during their first two decades of existence.

After gathering twice last spring to write, conceptualise, and jam, in addition to holding a pre-production session at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios together with T.O.S. on Moog, the band spent just over two weeks working at Chicago’s famed Electrical Audio Studio with Steve Albini at the helm. The results are astounding; the breadth of colour and sound are vast, impeccably recorded, and completely accurate in their representation. The spectrum cracked the firmament open in clarity. An all analogue technique was used: they recorded and mixed on tape, providing a creative gateway for Sunn O))) to evolve their production methods into stronger, confident, performance-based, and more logical executive process.

The album took shape through collaborative explorations with Hildur Guðnadóttir, the renowned cellist, film music composer, and former member of the bands Múm, Pan Sonic, and Angel; Tim Midyett, a close friend of Greg and Stephen since the Seattle days of the early 90s (and member of Silkworm, Bottomless Pit and Mint Mile), who occupied a foundational role by tying earth to sound with wicked performances on aluminium neck bass and baritone guitars; and prolific new music composer Anthony Pateras, who arranged and recorded an incredible contribution of pipe organ for a piece titled "Troubled Air."

Since Anderson and O'Malley formed the band in 1998, they have developed a formidable reputation for their ability to create massive wave-pools of sound that are truly livid and powerful in magnitudes of amplitude, though rarely harsh. The sounds of Sunn O))) start low and intensify incrementally until they've transformed the entire listening area into a vibrating chamber teeming with elegant sustain. Adding to the timeless sensory overload of the Sunn O))) experience, the band members obscure themselves in clouds of thick fog, dressing in hooded robes, periodically thrusting guitars toward the sky as they lead us into the lowest frequencies imaginable.

Both Berlin shows will be supported by solo performances of Caspar Brötzmann, one of the most unique and innovative guitarists of the last forty years. With his Berlin-based trio Massaker, he evolved a whole new autonomous approach to writing rock songs, starting from sounds that were widely considered ornamental, if not detrimental “sonic waste,” such as shrieking feedback and droning overtones. Ultra-heavy riffs, unhinged beats, ominous tribal chants, and raw physical force are conjured by sinister, thrilling minds. Even today, as the art of noise has reached a level of sophistication that no one could have imagined thirty years ago, Caspar Brötzmann’s music is resoundingly singular. Starting with Brötzmann’s 1988 debut album The Tribe and its 1989 follow-up Black Axis, Southern Lord will reissue 5 of the remarkable guitarist’s albums throughout 2019.

Sunn O)))'s live shows will be preceded by a Life Metal listening session at Berghain's Säule on 3 April. Southern Lord Records (co-founded by O’Malley and Anderson themselves) collaborate with Editions Mego sub-label Ideologic Organ (run by O’Malley) to present the evening, showcasing Life Metal in its ideal listening setting.

31 07 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany


TICKETS

CTM Festival is proud to present the return of Sunn O))) to Berlin.

For over twenty years, Sunn O))) have been challenging the way we think about music. In that relatively brief time, core members Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson have forged connections between the worlds of metal, drone, contemporary composition, jazz, and minimalism with startling results, all while remaining true to the eternal principles of volume, density, and weight. This spring and summer 2019 they return to Berlin twice for the first time since 2015, in support of Life Metal, their first studio album in four years, which is to be released worldwide on 26 April 2019 via Southern Lord. Two special Sunn O))) live performances will descend on Festsaal Kreuzberg on 30 and 31 July, respectively. Supporting both shows will be the singular Berlin guitarist Caspar Brötzmann. A series of his eternally grinding guitar works is currently being reissued by Southern Lord.

At the very beginning of 2018, Sunn O))) co-founders Stephen O'Malley and 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, but without forgetting the accomplishments forged during their first two decades of existence.

After gathering twice last spring to write, conceptualise, and jam, in addition to holding a pre-production session at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios together with T.O.S. on Moog, the band spent just over two weeks working at Chicago’s famed Electrical Audio Studio with Steve Albini at the helm. The results are astounding; the breadth of colour and sound are vast, impeccably recorded, and completely accurate in their representation. The spectrum cracked the firmament open in clarity. An all analogue technique was used: they recorded and mixed on tape, providing a creative gateway for Sunn O))) to evolve their production methods into stronger, confident, performance-based, and more logical executive process.

The album took shape through collaborative explorations with Hildur Guðnadóttir, the renowned cellist, film music composer, and former member of the bands Múm, Pan Sonic, and Angel; Tim Midyett, a close friend of Greg and Stephen since the Seattle days of the early 90s (and member of Silkworm, Bottomless Pit and Mint Mile), who occupied a foundational role by tying earth to sound with wicked performances on aluminium neck bass and baritone guitars; and prolific new music composer Anthony Pateras, who arranged and recorded an incredible contribution of pipe organ for a piece titled "Troubled Air."

Since Anderson and O'Malley formed the band in 1998, they have developed a formidable reputation for their ability to create massive wave-pools of sound that are truly livid and powerful in magnitudes of amplitude, though rarely harsh. The sounds of Sunn O))) start low and intensify incrementally until they've transformed the entire listening area into a vibrating chamber teeming with elegant sustain. Adding to the timeless sensory overload of the Sunn O))) experience, the band members obscure themselves in clouds of thick fog, dressing in hooded robes, periodically thrusting guitars toward the sky as they lead us into the lowest frequencies imaginable.

Both Berlin shows will be supported by solo performances of Caspar Brötzmann, one of the most unique and innovative guitarists of the last forty years. With his Berlin-based trio Massaker, he evolved a whole new autonomous approach to writing rock songs, starting from sounds that were widely considered ornamental, if not detrimental “sonic waste,” such as shrieking feedback and droning overtones. Ultra-heavy riffs, unhinged beats, ominous tribal chants, and raw physical force are conjured by sinister, thrilling minds. Even today, as the art of noise has reached a level of sophistication that no one could have imagined thirty years ago, Caspar Brötzmann’s music is resoundingly singular. Starting with Brötzmann’s 1988 debut album The Tribe and its 1989 follow-up Black Axis, Southern Lord will reissue 5 of the remarkable guitarist’s albums throughout 2019.

Sunn O)))'s live shows will be preceded by a Life Metal listening session at Berghain's Säule on 3 April. Southern Lord Records (co-founded by O’Malley and Anderson themselves) collaborate with Editions Mego sub-label Ideologic Organ (run by O’Malley) to present the evening, showcasing Life Metal in its ideal listening setting.

01 08 2019
[ICAL]

Sunn O)))

Dekmantel Festival / Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands

23 08 2019
[ICAL]

François J. Bonnet & Stephen O'Malley (Cylene duo)

De Nor, Antwerp, Belgium

23 09 2019
[ICAL]

Gravetemple (Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley)

Avant Arte Festiwal, Wroclaw, Poland

07 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Backstage Werk, Munich , Germany


Mon 07/10/2019 DE, Munich Backstage Werk with Caspar Brötzmann

08 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

HfG / ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany


Tue 08/10/2019 DE, Karlsruhe HfG / ZKM with Caspar Brötzmann

09 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Kaserne, Basel, Switzerland


Wed 09/10/2019 CH, Basel Kaserne with Caspar Brötzmann

10 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Felsenkeller , Leipzig , Germany


Thu 10/10/2019 DE, Leipzig Felsenkeller with Caspar Brötzmann

11 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Teatr Łaźnia Nowa / Unsound festival, Krakow, Poland


Fri 11/10/2019 PL, Krakow Unsound festival

13 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Kablys, Vilnius, Lithuania


Sun 13/10/2019 LT, Vilnius Kablys with Caspar Brötzmann

14 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Vene Theatre , Tallinn, Estonia


Mon 14/10/2019 EE, Tallinn Vene Theatre with Caspar Brötzmann

15 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland


Tue 15/10/2019 FIN, Helsinki Kulttuuritalo with Caspar Brötzmann

17 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Kraken, Stockholm, Sweden


Thu 17/10/2019 SE, Stockholm Kraken  w/ Carl Michael Von Hausswolff

18 10 2019
[ICAL]

Sunn O)))

Kulturkirken Jakob, Oslo, Norway


Fri 18/10/2019 NO, Oslo Kulturkirken Jakob

19 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O))) Shoshin (初心) duo

Blä, Oslo, Norway


Sat 19/10/2019 NO, Oslo Blä, Shoshin (初心) duo 

21 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark


Mon 21/10/2019 DK, Copenhagen Koncerthuset w/ Puce Mary

22 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands


Tue 22/10/2019 NL, Nijmegen Doornroosje

24 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

SWX, Bristol, UK

25 10 2019
[ICAL]

SUNN O)))

SCO QMU, Glasgow, UK


https://www.qmunion.org.uk/listings

w/ Anna Von Hausswolff

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