Boomkat Product Review:
Sunn 0))) rise again with the arch doom metal of Kannon, their crushing follow-up to respective 2014 collaborations with Scott Walker and Ulver, and the first Sunn 0))) LP proper since Monoliths & Dimensions in 2009. Aye, crack out the ales, it’s worthy of a celebration.
By their own admissions, “It’s possibly the most figurative album Sunn 0))) has created” but, conversely, it’s also their “most outright “metal” in years”. Amassing a classic band line-up of core duo Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, shoulder-to-shoulder with long term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, Steve Moore and more, it’s a glowering, physical testament to a band-as-organism achieving the peak of their powers.
Literally, Kannon is a polysemous representation of an aspect of Buddha as “goddess of mercy” or “Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World”, which ties farther back into the group’s readings of Asian belief systems, and is depicted in captivating artwork from Swiss designer/artist Angela LaFont Bollinger.
To experience Kannon is an overwhelming sensation, divided in three parts over 36-minutes, and one which we recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who has ever felt a shiver from the void, or is willing to submit themselves to one of 21st century music’s most elemental, powerful groups.