Sunn O))) ‎– Life Metal

Southern Lord ‎– sunn300
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition

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A Between Sleipnir's Breaths 12:39
B Troubled Air
Organ [Pipe Organ], Arranged By, Performer, Recorded By, Mixed By [Premixed] – Anthony Pateras
C Aurora 19:07
D Novæ 25:24

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Record Store Day edition, pressing of 4000 copies on black vinyl.
AAA Recorded and mixed on magnetic tape. Mastered and cut on a pure analogue path.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 808720300116
  • Rights Society: SACEM
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • SPARS Code: AAA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): BETWEEN SLEIPNIR'S BREATHS / A2 / 33 RPM / SUNN 300 / AAA = MATT @ ALCHEMY = 32033.1(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): TROUBLED AIR / B2 / 33 RPM / SUNN 300 / AAA 32033.2(3)...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, etched, -49927- P.USA (stamped)): AURORA / C3 / 33 RPM / SUNN 300 / AAA -49927- P.USA = MATT @ ALCHEMY = 32033.3 DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, etched): NOVÆ / D2 / 33 RPM / SUNN 300 / AAA 32033.4(3)...

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
sunn300 Sunn O))) Life Metal(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Yel) Southern Lord sunn300 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
sunn300 Sunn O))) Life Metal(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Pur) Southern Lord sunn300 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
DYMC-321 Sunn O))) Life Metal(CD, Album) Daymare Recordings DYMC-321 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
sunn300 Sunn O))) Life Metal(2xLP, Album, Dlx, Pur) Southern Lord sunn300 US 2019 Sell This Version
sunn300 Sunn O))) Life Metal(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Blu) Southern Lord sunn300 US 2019 Sell This Version


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March 26, 2020
I have the Yellow pressing and the sound is stunning even at a lower volume. No complaints at all. Both heavy and calming in equal measures.


June 8, 2019
Did anyone happen to pick up an extra earplug keychain? Bummed to miss it and would like to pick one up

PM me if you've got an extra!


May 26, 2019

This is a beautiful album, sonically, and visually. The title, the sound, the artwork and design together, all form a perfect presentation. Adding Steve Albini’s input to the recording process only makes it better. I seem to be among the fortunate, because my copy sounds absolutely clean and flawless, with no noticeable surface noise. I look forward to giving this album many more spins.


May 7, 2019
edited about 1 year ago

God damn, what is with the surface noise on this? Especially on side D and the scuffing on it, which seems to be a common issue. For an album with such abrasive walls of static, it feels like an unnatural additional layer of noise atop of it. And for a record produced by engineering legend Steve Albini, AND strictly recorded on magnetic tapes and mastered in analogue, the amount of care put into the actual records is not only a slap in the face to the consumer, but a slap in the face to all the hard work and care into producing such a pristine album.

I'd give it one star except the packaging itself is phenomenal. (And leaves me to think that more care was put into the boxing than the actual pressing, sadly) The obi is a great touch, and the gloss effect is the perfect compliment to the album art. It feels like holding a slab of marble.

Great album, a definite highlight of their career, engineered and produced to perfection on an insultingly crummy and undeserving lacquer cut. The only saving grace of this release is the beautiful packaging. At that, however, this set would be better off as a $30 shelf piece.

EDIT: Did some intense cleaning on side D. No fix whatsoever.


April 29, 2019

I too had a pretty clean copy. Obviously the mastering is phenomenal. The only quality control issue I noticed was the very noisy run in/run out, but those typically aren't my favorite tracks on any given record ;-)



April 27, 2019
Listened to the whole thing last night and heard not a single pop nor click anywhere on any of the four sides -- maybe those commenting on surface noise just happened (unfortunately) to get flawed copies? Whatever the case, the recording and mastering are phenomenal; I'm usually kind of bored by SunnO))) but this is a compelling listen all the way through. It's very nice on the ears.


April 22, 2019
I bought my copy at the cave 4/20 show and its not one here. Mine is Translucent Red.


April 19, 2019
So glad Sunn have put this out to the world, and in AAAA (extra A for Albini)


April 19, 2019
too bad that i still have to wait until april 26, to know how much extra time i will have to wait on amazon


April 15, 2019
Southern Lord does it again. Fantastic work! Albini and Sunn is a match made in heaven! or Hell....