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Sunn O)))Monoliths & Dimensions

Label:Southern Lord – SUNN100, Southern Lord – sunn100
Format:
CD, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Doom Metal, Experimental, Drone

Tracklist

1Aghartha
Arranged By [Acoustic]Randall Dunn, Stephen O'Malley
Bass GuitarGreg Anderson
ClarinetHans Teuber
Conch [Dung Chen, Conch Shell]Steve Moore (5), Stuart Dempster
Conch [Shell]Julian Priester
Double BassKeith Lowe, Tim Smollens*
Electric GuitarStephen O'Malley
Electronics [Electric Guitar Effects & Oscillator]Oren Ambarchi
Engineer [Assistant]Floyd Reitsma
English HornTaina Karr
French HornJosiah Boothby
Performer [Hydrophone]Mell Dettmer
PianoEric Walton
ViolaEyvind Kang
ViolinTimb Harris
VoiceAttila Csihar
Written ByO'Malley/Anderson/Csihar
Written-ByCsihar*, Anderson*, O'Malley*
17:34
2Big Church [Megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért]
Arranged By [Choir, Brass & String]Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney
Engineer [Assistant]Mark Clem
Soprano Vocals [Lead], Alto Vocals [Lead]Jessika Kenney
Synthesizer [Korg Ms20]Rex Ritter
Trombone, OrganSteve Moore (5)
TrumpetCuong Vu
Tubular BellsMell Dettmer
ViolaEyvind Kang
VoiceAttila Csihar
Written ByO'Malley/Anderson/Csihar
Written-ByCsihar*, Anderson*, O'Malley*
9:43
3Hunting&Gathering (Cydonia)
Arranged By [Brass]Steve Moore (5)
Bass Drum [Concert], PercussionBrad Mowen
Electric GuitarOren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley
Electric Guitar, Bass GuitarGreg Anderson
GongOren Ambarchi
Performer [Wolf Log]Oren Ambarchi
Synthesizer [Moog Voyager]Rex Ritter
Tambura [Electric Tamboura]William Herzog*
Trombone, Synthesizer [Korg Ms20, Roland Juno]Steve Moore (5)
TrumpetTony Moore (10)
VoiceAttila Csihar
Written ByAnderson/O'Malley/Csihar
Written-ByCsihar*, Anderson*, O'Malley*
10:02
4Alice
Arranged By [Ensemble]Eyvind Kang
Bass GuitarGreg Anderson
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute [Alto]Hans Teuber
Electric GuitarStephen O'Malley
Electric Guitar, Cymbal [Motorized], Electronics [Oscillator]Oren Ambarchi
French HornJosiah Boothby
HarpMelissa Walsh
Oboe, English HornTaina Karr
ViolaEyvind Kang
ViolinTimb Harris
Written ByAnderson/O'Malley
Written-ByAnderson*, O'Malley*
16:21
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Notes

Mastered at Sinister Kitchen. Cover is Serra's "out-of-round X" (1999), and was photographed by McKeever. Choir arrangement from Big Church inspired by Dylan Carlson.

All songs mixed at London Bridge, Shoreline Nov 08.
Aghartha recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Jan 08; Aleph, Seattle Jan 08.
Big Church recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Aug 08; Rochuspark, Vienna Aug 08; Aleph, Seattle, Jan 08; Forum Music Village Feb 06.
Hunting&Gathering (Cydonia) recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Nov 08; Aleph, Seattle Jan 08.
Alice recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Jan 08; Aleph, Seattle Jan 08.

Packaged in a jewel case with an extensive booklet and translucent slipcase cover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (On sticker on slipcase): 8 08720 01002 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 1108674 WWW.FURNACECD.COM - SUNN100 02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI LL29
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI QZD1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 1108674 WWW.FURNACECD.COM - SUNN100 02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI LL29
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 7721
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 1108674 WWW.FURNACECD.COM - SUNN100 02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI LL29
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): none

Other Versions (5 of 14)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Monoliths & Dimensions (2×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Album, Promo)Southern LordSUNN100 VINYL PROMO 0509US2009
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Monoliths & Dimensions (CD, Album)Daymare RecordingsDYMC-099Japan2009
Monoliths & Dimensions (2×LP, Album)Southern Lordsunn100US2009
Monoliths & Dimensions (2×LP, Album, Package)Southern LordSUNN100US2009
New Submission
Monoliths & Dimensions (4×File, FLAC, Album, Reissue)Southern LordSUNN100US2013

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Reviews

  • g0bspeeb's avatar
    g0bspeeb
    Repress please Repress please Repress please Repress please Repress please
    • numb3rs1x's avatar
      numb3rs1x
      Testing, but this is seriously a great album. I think it's their best.
        • drillkicker's avatar
          drillkicker
          This is what ancient druids would be listening to if they were alive today.
          • itzmehall's avatar
            itzmehall
            Edited 14 years ago
            This is the pinnacle of Sunn O))). I cannot see how they could ever top this album. It is their most imaginative, well composed, and multi-faceted work to date. The album is an ambitious amalgam of Sunn's guitar drone with chamber ensembles, choirs, and an array of guest musicians.

            Each Sunn album has had a fair share of guest musicians. However, Monoliths & Dimensions is the first to utilize each musician's contribution and flawlessly infuse them to create a greater realization of each piece of music. Oren Ambarchi and Attila Csihar have been consistent members in recent years and are also credited as "key players" on the album. Csihar's contributions are stronger and more coherent than on past albums in my opinion. The lyrics are closer to traditional vocals perhaps than the chants on past albums, but still contain an atmospheric delivery. Dylan Carlson of Earth makes an appearance on the track Big Church. He even receives credit for inspiring the choir arrangement of the track. One of the most surprising appearances is by jazz trombonist Julian Priester, an alumni of Sun Ra's Arkestra, who contributes a beautiful and human sounding melody which finalizes the last moments of the album. The most noticeable contribution however, is by Eyvind Kang and his direction of the chamber ensemble players. These arrangements add the most depth to the album and coax the music into something unique.

            At times, Sunn have been negatively portrayed as a band built by hype. I can't say that I am completely in love with some of their earliest releases, but they have been progressing into more creative and ambitious ventures within the last few years. As I said at the beginning, this is most likely going to be the pinnacle of the group. This is by far the most imaginative music that Sunn has released.

            Even with new found diversity, the slogan still holds true... "Maximum Volume Yields Maximum Results".

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