Thursday Sept 6
$20 Mainstage / Doors at 8:00
The massive wave-pools Sunn O))) create are more akin to the precisely oscillating soundscapes of minimalist drone composer Tony Conrad than some flint-fingered pseudo-Sabbath acolytes. Tapping into complex compositional practices without ditching metal's compelling visual aesthetic, the L.A./Paris duo excavates and expands the genre, remaps its coordinates to the lowest frequencies imaginable and in the process transforms sludge drifts into chiropractic chords that strike like thunder cracks. Adding to the sensory overload of the Sunn O))) experience, the duo obscures themselves in clouds of thick fog, dressing in hooded robes, periodically thrusting guitars toward the sky. THIS is metal.