Sunn O)))
Flight of the Behemoth


3.5
great

Review

by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
March 30th, 2013 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A journey into desolate soundscapes.

It’s incredibly difficult to describe the appeal of Sunn’s music - not a lot of people will be eager to hear a 50 minute record that’s built around only a handful of songs with riffs that can last up to two minutes at 10BPM. The band - built up of Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley - rarely, if ever, adhere to a traditional rock / metal song structure, often opting instead to ride out many riffs, improvising as they go.

If you’ve listened to other Sunn records before, it’s incredibly similar, but this time the band have upped the atmosphere and the riffs like never before. The guitars sound particularly ominous and huge, and that’s something Sunn do far better than many of their contemporaries. Don’t be fooled though - although riffs are present, it is still incredibly slow and downtuned. At a high volume, the clean (as far as the genre’s standards go, anyway) production of Flight Of The Behemoth results in the extremely minimalist guitars sound suffocating, threatening almost. And that’s where the band score more points. The atmosphere present here is leagues above their previous releases, and indeed many releases within the genre as a whole. The bleakness conveyed throughout these 50 minutes brings about thoughts of trudging through dark forests during winter-time whilst wearing black robes.

The album’s flaws are evident in the middle - the two tracks which feature collaboration with Merzbow are disappointing to say the least. O))) Bow 1 and 2 sees the Japanese musician layer swirling electronic sounds and incredibly disjointed and atonal piano lines which interrupt and wreck the incredibly desolate atmosphere the band has been working towards for the past twenty-something minutes. And it’s not like Merzbow’s contributions are short either - he manages to fill twenty minutes of Sunn’s tracks with this. After this, the album isn’t quite the same. The album finishes on a high note though as the Metallica cover of For Whom The Bell Tolls is an incredibly innovative and sinister spin on the original.

The only flaw to be found seems to be Merzbow's contributions which wreck any chance of "Flight of the Behemoth" being considered a classic among the genre. However, all contempt for the middle two tracks aside, the band have created yet another solid piece of doom influenced drone metal.



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TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 30th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy fucking crap drone is hard to review. Any criticism / feedback on writing a review or reviewing drone (plz) would be rad.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 30th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I misinterpreted it then, assumed flight meant fast, I'll change it when I get chance!

demigod!
March 30th 2013


47050 Comments


i love Sunn, but i haven't checked this one yet. might get on that.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 30th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do it, man! It's their debut LP I think, so it's pretty interesting to see how they've progressed

XGX
March 30th 2013


162 Comments


Sunn has always been fun to listen to while I'm drinking orange juice, tanning at the beach, looking at hot milfs in tight bikinis pass by.



demigod!
March 30th 2013


47050 Comments


no im pretty sure OO Void is their first, i've heard half of that one and it was alright.

got this dl'd, gonna listen soon. good review btw.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 30th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers for the feedback c:

demigod!
March 30th 2013


47050 Comments


lol oh man the final track has the best title ever.

FWTBT (I Dream of Lars Ulrich Being Thrown Through the Bus Window instead of My Mystikal Master Kliff Burton)

TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 30th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Too true though. The cover's kinda cool. Sounds like the original but at like 7bpm

demigod!
March 30th 2013


47050 Comments


is it a cover? hmm thats interesting considering how its 17 minutes

on the first track now, holy ef this is heavy

TwoMonthsInTheCold
March 30th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, it's a cover of For Whom The Bell Tolls :P

Ire
March 30th 2013


41858 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rating is rong

sideburndude
March 30th 2013


2782 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love me some Sunn

SCREAM!
July 24th 2013


10979 Comments


Just got around to listening to this one and those Bow tracks really do ruin the flow of the album. Probably my least favourite out of the Sunn I've heard so far

iamamanfromspace
April 9th 2015


1026 Comments


this album is insane, listened to it for the first time yesterday LOUD and it wrecked me, in a good way of course. i can understand why the band like people to listen to their stuff loud, it's really not the same otherwise; now i feel like i need to revisit some of their other stuff and play it a lot louder than before haha

CaptainDooRight
April 9th 2015


407 Comments


its just aight

TalonsOfFire
April 9th 2015


13017 Comments


I might check this out, I'm having a hard time getting this band to click for me

Digging: Cradle of Filth - Hammer of the Witches

Ocean of Noise
May 9th 2015


1132 Comments


Basically you've got to listen to it loud, with really good headphones or speakers. People say drugs help too but I personally don't find it necessary

Digging: Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals



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