Sunn O))) ‎– Black One

Southern Lord ‎– SUNN50, Southern Lord ‎– sunn50
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1 Sin Nanna
Vocals, Cymbal [Bowed Cymbals], Noises [Flies, Atmos], Drums, Electric Guitar – Oren Ambarchi
2 It Took The Night To Believe
Guitar [Axe], Effects [Subs] – Mystik Fogg InvokatorLead Guitar, Effects [Subs] – TaoiseachVocals, Lyrics By – Wrest
3 Cursed Realms (Of The Winterdemons)
Bass [Icy Inverted Crosswinds Upon Four String Zamboni] – Mystik Fogg InvokatorLyrics By – AbbathNoises [Glacial Winds] – Mathias SchneebergerNoises [Whiteout] – John WiesePerformer [Grail, Eclipse], Lead Guitar – MK Ultra BlizzardVocals – Malefic (2)
4 Orthodox Caveman
Drums [Caveman Drums] – Oren AmbarchiGuitar, Bass, Effects [Feedback] – Caveman SkillzGuitar, Guitar [Riffs] – Mystik Fogg Invokator
5 CandleGoat
Bass [Decimator Bass], Vocals [Crypt Calls] – MK Ultra BlizzardElectronics [Casket Electronics] – John WieseGuitar [Tundra Guitar] – Malefic (2)Guitar, Pedalboard [Taurus] – Mystik Fogg InvokatorLyrics By – Dead
6 Cry For The Weeper
Electric Guitar, Horns, Woodwind [Wood] – Oren AmbarchiGuitar, Keyboards – Malefic (2), Mystik Fogg InvokatorGuitar, Synthesizer [Virus] – SOMA*
7 Báthory Erzsébet
Bass – Drone Slut, Mystik Fogg InvokatorElectric Guitar, Tubular Bells, Cymbal [Cymbals], Gong – Oren AmbarchiSynthesizer [Virus] – Count Von Schneeberger*Vocals [Calls From Beyond The Grave], Lyrics By – Malefic (2)

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Initial tracks recorded 09/04 & 11/04 at the Sanctuary.
Primary tracks recorded 05/05 at Donner-Blitzen, mixed 05/05 at Donner-Blitzen.
Ambarchi pieces recorded at Jerker House, overdubs and mixing at BigJesusBurger 06/05.
Assembled at Donner-Blitzen 07/05.
Additional 1-tracking on Wrest & Malefic's machines early 05.

Track 3 originally recorded by Immortal.
"It Took The Night To Believe" lyrics written 2003.
"Cursed Realms (Of The Winterdemons)" lyrics written 1996.
"CandleGoat" lyrics written 1991.
"Báthory Erzsébet" lyrics written 2003.

Track times on sleeve are slightly out.

First catalog number on spine, second catalog number on disc.
The "50" in the catalog number is raised above the baseline of "SUNN", both on spine and on disk.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker on jewel case): 8 08720 00502 8
  • Matrix / Runout: CA SUNN50 @@@@ 09/14/05 01/05/19 PM
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L036
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 122D

Other Versions (5 of 21) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SUNN50 Sunn O))) Black One(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE) Southern Lord SUNN50 US 2013 Sell This Version
SUNN50 Sunn O))) Black One(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Swi) Southern Lord SUNN50 US 2005 Sell This Version
SUNN50 Sunn O))) Black One(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gre) Southern Lord SUNN50 US 2013 Sell This Version
DYMC-028, TGCS-4114/4115 Sunn O))) Black One(CD, Album + CD + RE, Gat) Daymare Recordings, Daymare Recordings DYMC-028, TGCS-4114/4115 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
sunn50 Sunn O))) Black One(CDr, Album, Promo) Southern Lord sunn50 UK 2005 Sell This Version


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February 3, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
Love hate relationships demark an indisoluble conflict of self interests, when some things are likeable but at the same time undesirable, when this happens there are only two options, to deal with the difficulty implied in the ambiguity or else to retire altogether from trying it. That's where Sunn o))) exists. In a difficult relationship with the listener. Whereas these listeners represent the judging minority, not the fanatic majority.

Sunn O))) base it's fame in two basic premises, technology and snobism.
Technological freaks adore their use for multiple exotic amps, pedal effects, preamps, filters and so on while snobs love to simply talk shit about how unique their music or low frequencies are.

The truth lies somewhere else.
Sunn O))) didn't invent or revolted anything. All they have done is a great marketing of well studied logo brand, graphic art designs, Guinea pig experiments with sound engineering and combination with other recognized bands. Beyond that their music in general and this album in particular are superfluous.

Black one is an album that is not new in any regard and it's absolutely overrated.
When comparing this to a drone classic such as Earth 2 - special low frequency version no one can't deny the purity and superiority from such album in comparison to this.

In Black One the drones never truly become more than a lost conundrum of guitar noise, broken riffs and nasty vocals that obliterate in perpetual motion the rather insipidity each track delivers.
I'm comparing this album with Earth's classic debut because on Earth you can follow the ecstatic quality from pure drone with no further combustion, the violence of the low frequency manifesting its dominance and thickness.

Sunn O))) have never achieved anything like this, and in this particular album that is abundantly clear again. This album qualities get lost in the love hate synergy delivered for its receptor. For one expecting the brutal vibration of viscera, black one only deliver that as a mild quality because as the feedback noise and the reverberation mudds the low frequencies the delight from the drone power lose its continuity and thus never truly appreciated.
Added vocals are simply put, regurgitations from boring black metal that add nothing but dull cacophonies to the experience.

I heard some hipster praying on this album something like: "Black one" is made to feel more than anything. Yeah, people into noise makes similar statements, though that doesn't change it is music limited for else the divertment of discerning technologies employed or circumvent the inanity with empty discourse as only a diletant does.

Sunn O))) in general and this album in particular has something that is never likeable, or when it is appealing rapidly lose its charm. That's a a quality that I have heard in many people that criticise the band. There is something that continously breaks and spins out, rather erupts and transform the epic drone submersion ecstasy into constant coitus interruptus kind of experience.
A pleasure that never fully develops and realizes. Press the eject and abort.


December 27, 2015
Above and beyond their best work. Dark, twisted, and anxious especially for a Drone record. A good entry point into both Drone Metal and Sunn O)))s discography.