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WATCH: Sunn O))) Exclusive Album Preview
Christian Eede , February 5th, 2019 10:59

Sunn O)))'s first album in four years is due in April, while another will follow later in the year

Sunn O))) have announced details of Life Metal, their first studio album in four years. Above, you can watch an exclusive video preview for the album.

Co-founders Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson begun production on the record at the start of 2018 with a determination to create new music and a new method of working inside the studio without forgetting their production history over the course of the group's first two decades.

They set out with one specific goal: to work on the album with Steve Albini in his Electrical Audio studio. In spring of last year, O'Malley and Anderson gathered at Downtown Rehearsal in Los Angeles, the building in which the band was formed, to begin writing and conceptualising the new LP. They followed these early sessions in summer with a pre-production session at Dave Grohl’s 606 studios in California alongside longtime collaborator T.O.S..

They then spent two weeks at Electrical Audio with Albini. A press release explains: "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 a more logical executive process."

It has also been revealed that a second "more meditative" LP titled Pyroclasts, which was recorded by Albini alongside Life Metal, will arrive in the autumn of this year.

Sometime live collaborator of Sunn O)))'s and film composer Hildur Guðnadóttir contributed to Life Metal, adding vocals, electric cello and haldorophone to proceedings on the track 'Novæ'. Tim Midyett, a close friend of O'Malley and Anderson, added aluminium neck bass and baritone guitars to other tracks. Midyett, Guðnadóttir and T.O.S. have all contributed to the second album due later this year too, alongside O'Malley and Anderson.

Composer Anthony Pateras also features on Life Metal, contributing pipe organ to a piece titled 'Troubled Air'. Visual artist Samantha Keely Smith is responsible for the album's cover art, which you can see below. The art, a press release explains, combines "ideas of 19th century romanticism and late 20th abstract expressionism (mysticism) with Sunn O)))'s approach to metal (via reference points of Arbo, Turner, Delville, Richter, Turrel, Wou-Ki)."

The band will tour Europe through March ahead of the release of Life Metal via Southern Lord in April. You can find a list of tour dates here. Dates in London and other cities are also in the works.