Albums to watch


Sunn O)))


Ninth album and and second of 2019 from the Seattle drone metal merchants led by Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson

ADM rating[?]


Southern Lord
UK Release date
US Release date
  1. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Pyroclasts is an invitation to openness and stillness in a genre that is not often associated with these qualities
    Read Review

  2. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Pyroclasts is a fittingly accomplished conclusion to a monumental year for Sunn O)))
    Read Review

  3. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The companion piece to Sunn O)))'s masterful Life Metal completes the most organic and minimal chapter in the drone masters' journey
    Read Review

  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    While with this release the current chapter of Sunn O))) comes to a close, it’ll be interesting to see what their next evolutionary step is. Naturally, most of us will want to take that step into an unknown future with them
    Read Review

  5. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Pyroclasts is a sharp reminder that Sunn O))) can go deep but is nowhere near the bottom of their creative well. Just the opposite; Pyroclasts sounds like a new light breaking forth from below
    Read Review

  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The results may comprise the most finely distilled example of Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson's deconstruction of heavy riffage, with each of these tracks demonstrating the infinite varieties of fuzz and rumble that exist within a single mighty note. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The 405

    Their second album of the year, an accompanying body of work to the wondrous Life Metal, Pyroclasts is possibly the record that is the purest manifestation of Sunn O)))'s longstanding mantra: "maximum volume yields maximum results"
    Read Review

  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Recorded in the same sessions as April’s excellent Life Metal, the drone metal band’s new album is a rich, fundamentally life-affirming experience
    Read Review

  9. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Each of the four tracks offers meditative instrumentation, allowing listeners to soak in the atmospheric vibes that make up Pyroclasts
    Read Review

  10. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    An album as much about blowing off steam as it is about prolonging Sunn O)))’s infernal project
    Read Review

  11. 7.0 |   Crack

    On Pyroclasts, Sunn O))) gives us something that sounds like creation itself: joyous, turbulent and enduring
    Read Review

  12. 7.0 |   All Music

    The forward evolution of Life Metal has been balanced and extended into a mercurial spirit through formless, receptive interaction on Pyroclasts
    Read Review

  13. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    It's necessary to note that Pyroclasts, their second full-length album in 2019, is essentially a practice session disguised as a cleverly-packaged companion piece
    Read Review

  14. 6.0 |   Mojo

    This sounds raw and mighty, but somewhat same-old. Print edition only

blog comments powered by Disqus

Watch it

Roll over video for more options

Hear it

Latest Reviews

More reviews