🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Sunn O)))

Get yer cloak, you’ve pulled.

Frightened Rabbit get a decent score after a memorable thread:

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Scott Walker 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Fugazi 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Jason Molina 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Slowdive 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
The Roots 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Frightened Rabbit 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Sigur Rós 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Hüsker Dü 3.74
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The Walkmen 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
British Sea Power 3.56
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
The Go! Team 3.36
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
Foals 2.76
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
KISS 1.73
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

We move on, then;


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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • ØØ Void
  • Flight Of The Behemoth
  • White1
  • White2
  • Black One
  • Monoliths & Dimensions
  • Kannon
  • Life Metal
  • Pyroclasts

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Brave brave choice. Anyway, I like sunn, but I don’t really listen to them. Monoliths is their best imo, but I like that collab they did with Boris. Don’t know what I’ll score them yet


More like a ‘we’re starting to run out of artists’ choice!


Oh yes! I am here for this HGATR!

I like Sunn. :raised_hands: A band I listen to often enough, have been able to see live a few times and certainly have thoughts on. I’ve just woke up so I’m gonna have a coffee, ponder and return with a score and some more comments which are more (hopefully) interesting.


Once paid about £20 (for context, in about 2006) for a copy of Black One because i’d heard all about this challenging drone band that can make you shit yourself. Then spent 5 minutes explaining to record shop guy what ‘brown sound’ was purported to be.

Anyway, as far as the music goes, don’t mind Black One and Monoliths but I’m afraid it all sounds basically the same to me.

Enjoy the drama and mythos around them. Have never seen live but would 100% watch them if at a festival (no idea how they’ve not played any festivals I’ve been to yet).

3 from me


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I just can’t imagine ever putting them on for a listen round the house or not being bored after 10 minutes of seeing them

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Oh so Peter Gabriel’s finally on the horizon then? Thank fuck.


Voted Life Metal as best album because it’s got the best cover. I kind of think of them as more an art project than a band. I enjoy the vibe, love the concept and all the trappings, very rarely feel the need to actually listen to them.


I’m quite happy to go through the “who do we want” thread and turn it into a simple list for you if you like. These threads are the best thing about this site and I don’t ever want them to stop, not even when we’re down to arguing which is the best of the two demo tapes made by some bunch of Lithuanian shoegazers who broke up before they ever released a proper record.


liked it that one time when the guy dressed as a tree had lazer fingers.

but yes. great band. taking music to its logical conclusion. when Im in the mood it does something no other music does.

this is a fantastic song. the way the sound has that pull and atmosphere to it along with the vocals. perfect.


Been listening to Melt quite a lot recently

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When it works and you’re in the zone they are outstanding but equally it can be pretty dull when you’re not in the mood. First time i saw them was in a little theatre in the custard factory brum in 2004 i think and it was amazing. It was a small room with comfy chairs which was a real plus, had a nice smoke beforehand then settled down - unsure what to expect beyond “it sounds like earth 2”. Then the dry ice came with the robed figures and the slow throb into auditory overload began. IT was devastating, transcending and brilliant. I was entranced for the whole show and it still remains the best time i’ve seen them by a mile.

They’ve been louder since, and good on occasion - the show with earth was great, and as a 90s BM nerd seeing Atilla live when he was still somewhat of a mystery was exciting but never quite captured the magic again. Sometimes it’s due to timing - appearing at festivals late/in the middle of the night at party o’clock is never going to work and sometimes it doesn’t seem to click - either with them or me. I did enjoy them fighting at ATP though, and the smoke alarms :smiley:

The record they did in the church in Norway (Domkirke) is well worth a listen and sounds great with the organ, but again, it’s not often i’m in the mood for a sunn o))) record in the lounge. I thought Kannon was a really nice album to listen to though.

Shout out for the artwork/records also. It can be a stinker that they cost a lot but the effort and presentation that goes into the art is pretty special, and they can be beautiful. The whole aesthetic is something i can get on board with. The Domkirke record for instance is lovely.

Think i’ll probably go for a 4 on balance - when the universe aligns for them and the listener it can be pretty special (just a shame that more often than not that doesn’t happen!)


gonna be a real shame that no one is gonna have one of those replies where they reveal they got married walking down the aisle to Sunn o))) etc.


Can’t beat this if you’re in the mood for some overblown pomposity

A band I should like in theory a lot more than I do in practice - 3

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I’ve gone for a 4 because a perfect score seems a bit too much of a reach, but I do like me some Sunn and the o)))s



I’m giving them a 5 because I listened to Life Metal in full whilst doing the washing up and it was properly transcendent.

This sounds really pretentious but drone metal done right can be primal and meditative in a way, say, Brian Eno can’t. Ear-splitting ambient.


Straight 5. It’s not music I would just stick on around the house really but then it doesn’t pretend to be so I’m not gonna judge it that way. When I’m in the mood there’s not a lot that comes close.

Didn’t walk down the aisle to Sunn but did get drunk and tell my then girlfriend that we were gonna get married one day after a Sunn show. She dumped me <6 months later.