Just found out that Southern Lord is doing another limited pressing of this album.  So here’s a go on this one as well, in case you missed out on the first batch (or if you need’em all..)!  The limited first run went OOP pretty quick, and this one seems no different. About 150 Silver and 500 Gold copies left after a few hours.

Sunn.Ulver.Gold

These two mastodonts joined forces back in 2008, and the 11th of February we finally saw the birth of their cooperative album “Terrestrials”. Very dark, brooding songs these, yet oh so beautiful… Guaranteed to haunt you for a long time, these are not for the faint of heart.

There’s also a second pressing of the limited Red Vinyl, limited to 300 copies! These seems Identical to the first 1000 Red ones pressed, though.  All three versions can be found (while available) if you scroll down on the product page, through the “Buy Now”-button!

“Terrestrials is three movements which are fluid like the flow of magma beneath the Earth’s crust, sonically uninhibited, unpredictably cosmic, haunting and stirring yet simultaneously ceremonious and beautiful.”

The Details

SUNN O))) & ULVER Terrestrials LP (Silver vinyl)
180 gram Silver vinyl (limited to 500 pressed)
Thick Stoughton style tip-on jacket

SUNN O))) & ULVER Terrestrials LP (Gold vinyl)
180 gram GOLD vinyl (limited to 1,000 pressed)
Thick Stoughton style tip-on jacket

SUNN O))) & ULVER Terrestrials

Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008. Following their 200th gig, playing before 2000 people at the Øya festival, SUNN O))) teamed up with Norwegian legends ULVER at their Oslo studio, Crystal Canyon. They recorded three "live in improvisation" pieces, starting that evening and ending at dawn, as Northern sunlight seeped in through the windows.

"We were sitting in the console room, early in the morning, listening to the takes. Someone said, 'ah, sunrise over Crystal Canyon,' as if the night had been a dark one. We all laughed and Greg proposed it as a title. In that setting it sounded perfect. The boys had mentioned wanting the music to orient towards the light, like some lost pilgrim stretching before the sun. We kept that mental picture for the processing." – Kristoffer Rygg

That take became the album's opening piece, "Let there be light," which builds up from silence and darkness and proceeds – ceremoniously, coruscating – O'Malley and O'Sullivan creating the backdrop for Rygg's Basso Profondo chants. The music unfolds over eight minutes before reaching a crescendo of bass and brass, introducing both Anderson and ULVER as we know them. The Sunn has risen.

"Western horn" accelerates on a single and austere note of sustained bass and low end, evolving gradually into a haunted soundscape. Crying violins, clusters of Fender Rhodes, guitar pickups, and metal plate drones are gradually layered beneath Anderson's augmented bass feedback.

"Eternal return" introduces Rygg singing a lyric evoking ancient Greece, Egypt and the Biblical lands. The song is palindromic, echoing the lyric, beginning and ending with the same bass line and musical pattern, though the guitars are ultimately reversed as the song implodes upon itself.

Terrestrials is three movements which are fluid like the flow of magma beneath the Earth's crust, sonically uninhibited, unpredictably cosmic, haunting and stirring yet simultaneously ceremonious and beautiful.

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