SUNN O))) presents their first new album in four years, the Steve Albini-engineered Life Metal. Following the Record Store Day release of Life Metal last week, Southern Lord and the band have made the album available through their direct stores on CD and LP today, ahead of the official retail street date for all formats, next Friday, April 26th.
Also following Mary-Anne Hobbs’ BBC 6 Music morning show world exclusive first play of “Between Sleipnir’s Breaths,” another track has been shared today from the record. Listen to “Troubled Air” via Spotify, Itunes, Apple Music, and Bandcamp.
NPR is exclusively streaming Life Metal through a First Listen feature HERE.
Life Metal is being supported by SUNN O)))‘s first North American tour since 2017. With Cleveland and Detroit shows now past, the tour is in Chicago tonight, Pelham tomorrow, back in Chicago for a by-demand second performance, followed by shows in Philadelphia, New York City, New Haven, and Pittsburgh before the final show in Washington on April 28th. Support for all shows will be provided by Papa M, with David Pajo (Slint, Interpol).
SUNN O))) Let There Be Drone (Multiple Gains Stages) w/ Papa M:
4/19/2019 Rockefeller Chapel – Chicago, IL [info]
4/20/2019 The Caverns – Pelham, TN [info]
4/22/2019 Rockefeller Chapel – Chicago, IL
4/24/2019 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA [info]
4/25/2019 Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY [info]
4/26/2019 College Street – New Haven, CT [info]
4/27/2019 Carnegie Homestead Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA [info]
4/28/2019 The Howard – Washington, DC [info]
Summer European Shows:
7/30/2019 Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann
7/31/2019 Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE w/ Caspar Brötzmann
8/01/2019 Dekmantel Festival – Amsterdam, NL
10/24/2019 SWX – Bristol, UK [info]
10/25/2019 QMU – Glasgow, UK [info]
10/26/2019 The Crossing – Birmingham, UK [info]
10/27/2019 Albert Hall – Manchester, UK [info]
10/28/2019 Roundhouse – London, UK [info]
SUNN O))) co-founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson set out on a path toward a new album production for Life Metal. Following pre-production sessions as a trio with T.O.S. on Moog at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios in Northridge, California, in July 2018, SUNN O))) spent just over two weeks in Chicago at Electrical Audio (Studio A) with Albini at the helm. The album was mastered and the lacquers cut from tape in October by SUNN O))) ally Matt Colton at Alchemy in London. The LP version is a AAA album, recorded and mixed on tape via a completely analogue production, from the input of the band’s amplifiers and the air coming off the speakers in front of the microphones to needle touching the pressed vinyl on your turntable.
Life Metal features guest contributions from composer/musician/vocalist Hildur Guðnadóttir, longtime friend Tim Midyett (Silkworm, Bottomless Pit, Mint Mile), composer Anthony Pateras, and more. The album is wrapped in amazing, Renaissance style paintings by visual artist Samantha Keely Smith, and bold, imaginative photography from Ronald Dick.