Sunn O))) announce new album, Life Metal, produced by Steve Albini

A second, "more meditative" LP titled, Pyroclasts, follows later this year

Sunn O))), photo by Ronald Dick
Sunn O))), photo by Ronald Dick

Drone metal gods Sunn O))) have two new albums coming in 2019, both of which were produced by the equally legendary Steve Albini.

The first release, Life Metal, is due out in April through Southern Lord Recordings. It will be followed up this fall with a “more meditative” LP titled, Pyroclasts, due out on October 25th.

Update – February 25th: Life Metal will receive its initial release on April 13th in celebration of Record Store Day. A wider vinyl release is set for April 26th.

Sunn O))) co-founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson began working on new music in early 2018. Following an initial pre-production session at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studios in California, they made their way to Chicago to record at Albini’s Electrical Audio.

“An all analogue technique” was used for Life Metal, as the band “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,” according to a press release.

Joining the band on Life Metal is composer and frequent live collaborator Hildur Guðnadóttir, who adds vocals, electric cello, and haldorophone to the track “Novae”. Additionally, Tim Midyett plays aluminium neck bass and baritone guitars throughout the album, while Anthony Pateras contributes pipe organ to “Troubled Air”.

Below, you can listen to a five-minute preview of Life Metal.

Recorded in parallel with Life MetalPyroclasts features contributions from Guðnadóttir, Midyett, and frequent collaborator Tos Nieuwenhuizen, a.k.a. T.O.S. Further details of that album will be revealed in the months ahead.

Sunn O)))’s last full-length album came back in 2015 with Kannon.

Life Metal Artwork:

sunn o life metal artwork

Life Metal Tracklist:
01. Between Sleipnir’s Breaths
02. Troubled Air
03. Aurora
04. Novae

Sunn O))) have also revealed the initial batch of dates supporting their new album. The North American leg of the band’s “Let There Be Drone Tour” kicks off in April. Further US dates for September will be announced soon. In the meantime, see the full schedule below.

Sunn O))) 2019 Tour Dates:
02/28 – Frankfurt, DE @ Mousonturm
03/01 – Graz, AT @ Elevate Festival
03/02 – Prague, CZ @ Divadlo Archa
03/03 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
03/04 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
03/06 – Lyon, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne
03/07 – Nancy, FR @ L’Autre Canal
03/08 – Dijon, FR @ La Vapeur
03/09 – Rouen, FR @ QuasaRites Day/Le 106
03/11 – Tours, FR @ Le Temps Machine
03/12 – Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
03/13 – La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene
03/14 – Bordeaux, FR @ Le Rocher de Palmer
04/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
04/18 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic
04/19 – Chicago, IL @ Rockefeller Chapel
04/20 – Pelham, TN @ The Caverns
04/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
04/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/26 – New Haven, CT @ College Street
04/28 – Washington, DC @ The Howard