Altar is a collaboration album between experimental music groups Boris and Sunn O))), released on October 31, 2006 through Southern Lord Records. A limited two-CD edition was released on October 23 via Southern Lord with a 28-minute bonus track with Sunn O))), Dylan Carlson, titled "Her Lips Were Wet with Venom". Inoxia Records released their own two-CD version in 2006 which features a bonus track on the first disc, "The Sinking Belle", features "Her Lips Were Wet with Venom" on disc 2; the triple-vinyl edition by Southern Lord contains all of the songs from their two-CD edition, additional pictures, liner notes by Kim Thayil. The Daymare 3LP version was released March 23, 2007 and features a bonus track not found on any other version of this release: "The Sinking Belle". In addition to major players Sunn O))) and Boris, Altar boasts an extensive roster of guest musicians/collaborators such as Kim Thayil, Joe Preston, Phil Wandscher and Jesse Sykes as well as long time Sunn O))) collaborators TOS Niewenhuizen and Rex Ritter.
On December 10, 2007, the bands collaborated at the Forum in London along with a number of the guests featured on Altar for a live performance. A 3LP picture disc version of the album, limited to 500 copies, was sold at this London show. "Etna" – 9:51 Greg Anderson: guitar Atsuo: drums Stephen O'Malley: guitar Takeshi: guitar & bass Wata: lead guitar "N. L. T." – 3:49 Atsuo: bowed cymbal & gong Bill Herzog: upright bass "The Sinking Belle" – 7:37 Jesse Sykes: vocals Takeshi: guitar Wata: guitar, space echo Stephen O'Malley: piano Greg Anderson: bass guitar Atsuo: traps Bill Herzog & Phil Wandscher: vocals Adrienne Davies: percussion "Akuma no Kuma" – 7:52 Atsuo: lead drums Joe Preston: vocoder Greg Anderson:Moog Rogue Stephen O'Malley: Korg MS-20 Bill Herzog: snare Steve Moore: trombone TOS Nieuwenhuizen: oberheim Troy Swanson: oberheim Randall Dunn: Korg MS-20, sherman filter bank, echoplex Mell Dettmer: Roland SH-101 "Fried Eagle Mind" – 9:47 Wata: vocals & space guitar Stephen O'Malley: clandestine guitar, califone Takeshi: bottle lead guitar Greg Anderson: bass guitar TOS Nieuwenhuizen: Moog Taurus Troy Swanson: oberheim 4 voice Randall Dunn: Korg MS-20 & natural trouble "The Sinking Belle" - 5:05 Wata: space echo guitar Eyvind Kang: viola, violin TOS Nieuwenhuizen: Moog Taurus Randall Dunn: Korg MS-20 "The Sinking Belle" - 4:36 Takeshi: guitar Wata: guitar, space echo Stephen O'Malley: piano Greg Anderson: bass Atsuo: traps Eyvind Kang: viola, violin Tos Nieuwenhuizen: moog taurus Randall Dunn: korg MS-20 "Blood Swamp" – 14:46 Atsuo: gong Greg Anderson: guitar Stephen O'Malley: guitar Wata: guitar Takeshi: guitar & bass Kim Thayil: guitar Rex Ritter: Moog Taurus TOS Nieuwenhuizen: Moog Rogue "Her Lips Were Wet With Venom" – 28:14 Atsuo - drums Greg Anderson - guitar Stephen O'Malley - guitar Wata - lead guitar Takeshi - guitar & bass Dylan Carlson - guitar Tos Nieuwenhuizen - Korg MS-20 Rex Ritter - Moog Taurus Produced By Sunn O))) Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Randall Dunn Mastered By Mell Dettmer
Thorr's Hammer was an American-Norwegian death-doom band. Thorr's Hammer was formed in Ballard, Washington by Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley during winter 1994-1995. Soon after, Runhild Gammelsæter a 17-year-old Norwegian exchange student, joined the band as vocalist/lyricist; the band reached its final form. The band was active only for six weeks during which it played two gigs and recorded a demo and an EP entitled Dommedagsnatt. In 1997 the song Troll, from their EP Dommedagsnatt, was released on The Awakening - Females in Extreme Music, a compilation from Dwell records; the band disbanded after Gammelsæter's return to Norway. Burning Witch was formed from the ashes of Thorr's Hammer and Gammelsæter has teamed up with James Plotkin to form Khlyst. Thorr's Hammer reunited in 2009 to play at the Supersonic Festival in Birmingham and again in 2010 for The Roadburn Festival in Tilburg. In an interview with Rock-A-Rolla magazine, Runhild Gammelsæter said the band "might make some new music" in the future.
Runhild Gammelsæter - vocals and lyrics Greg Anderson - electric guitar Stephen O'Malley - electric guitar James Hale - bass guitar Jamie Sykes - drums Sannhet i Blodet Dommedagsnatt Awakening - Females In Extreme Music Thorr's Hammer at the website of Southern Lord Records Thorr's Hammer at Encyclopaedia Metallum
Goatsnake is an American doom metal band from Los Angeles, California. They have released three studio albums, the first being 1999's Goatsnake Vol. 1. Goatsnake was formed in 1996 after the disbanding of The Obsessed. After The Obsessed's disbanding, the rhythm section consisting of bassist Guy Pinhas and drummer Greg Rogers began jamming with guitarist Greg Anderson ))), they soon found a vocalist in Pete Stahl. Goatsnake released two 7" EPs in 1998 and were featured on several metal compilations, they released 1, in 1999 on Man's Ruin Records/Rise Above Records. Goatsnake toured Europe in support of their debut album and played with bands such as Unida, Fatso Jetson, Electric Wizard, they returned in 2000 for a U. K. tour with Orange Goblin and Sunn O))), another Anderson project. In 2000 Pinhas left Goatsnake to join Acid King and was replaced by Stuart Dahlquist of Burning Witch; that year Goatsnake released a split album with Burning Witch on Hydra Head Records. They released the Dog Days EP on Anderson's Southern Lord Records that same year.
They went on to release their second album, Flower of Disease on Man's Ruin Records/Rise Above Records. The band split up in 2001 and Anderson continued with Sunn O))) and played in Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine. In 2004 the band reformed with Anderson and Stahl being joined by bassist Scott Reeder and drummer JR, they recorded three songs which were released on the Trampled Under Hoof EP along with two vinyl-only tracks. This same year saw the release of the compilation 1 + Dog Days by Southern Lord Records, which combines the first album and the Dog Days EP as well as a track from the Man of Light EP. Goatsnake reunited in 2010 with the original line up to headlining the Roadburn Festival on Thursday April 15. To coincide with the reunion a re-issue of Flower of Disease came out around the same time. On June 16, 2011 the band played another rare reunion show as special guests to Godflesh at The Forum in London, England. Original members Anderson and Rogers, along with new bassist Scott Renner, acclaimed record producer Nick Raskulinecz began working on a new full-length album, Black Age Blues, released in 2015.
The current Goatsnake line up played shows in October 2014 including the Southern Lord Records showcase in Los Angeles and the Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona. Goatsnake Vol. 1 CD Flower of Disease CD Black Age Blues CD IV 7" Man of Light 7" Goatsnake/Burning Witch split CD Dog Days CD Trampled Under Hoof CD 1 + Dog Days CD "Hot Rod" on Rise 13: Magick Rock, Vol. 1 Pete Stahl – vocals, harmonica Greg Anderson – guitar Scott Renner – bass Greg Rogers – drums Guy Pinhas – bass Scott Reeder – bass G. Stuart Dahlquist – bass Joey Castillo – drums JR – drums Southern Lord band page Encyclopaedia Metallum
Doom metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that uses slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much "thicker" or "heavier" sound than other heavy metal genres. Both the music and the lyrics intend to evoke a sense of despair and impending doom; the genre is influenced by the early work of Black Sabbath, who formed a prototype for doom metal with songs such as "Black Sabbath", "Children of the Grave", "Electric Funeral" and "Into the Void". During the first half of the 1980s, a number of bands from England, the United States and Sweden defined doom metal as a distinct genre; the electric guitar, bass guitar and drum kit are the most common instruments used to play doom metal, but its structures are rooted in the same scales as in blues. Guitarists and bassists downtune their instruments to low notes and make use of large amounts of distortion, thus producing a "thick" or "heavy" guitar tone, one of the defining characteristics of the genre. Along with the usual heavy metal compositional technique of guitars and bass playing the same riff in unison, this creates an impressively loud and bass-heavy wall of sound.
Another defining characteristic is the consistent focus on slow tempos, minor tonality with much use of dissonance. Traditional doom metal vocalists favour clean vocals, which are performed with a sense of despair, desperation or pain. So-called "epic doom" vocalists take it a step further, singing in an operatic style. Doom metal bands influenced by other extreme metal genres use growled or screamed vocals, as is the case of death-doom, black-doom, funeral doom. Lyrics in doom metal play a key role. Influenced by notable blues musicians like Robert Johnson and Son House they are gloomy and pessimistic, including themes such as: suffering, fear, dread and anger. While some bands write lyrics in introspective and personal ways, others convey their themes using symbolism – which may be inspired by occult arts and literature; some doom metal bands use religious themes in their music. Trouble, one of the genre's pioneers, were among the first to incorporate Christian imagery. Others have incorporated pagan imagery.
For many bands, the use of religious themes is for symbolic purposes only. Examples include lyrics/imagery about the Last Judgment to invoke dread, or the use of crucifixes and cross-shaped headstones to symbolize death. Furthermore, some doom metal bands write lyrics about drugs or drug addiction; this is most common among stoner doom bands, who describe hallucinogenic or psychedelic experiences. Doom metal is rooted in the music of early Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath's music is itself stylistically rooted in blues, but with the deliberately doomy and loud guitar playing of Tony Iommi, the then-uncommon dark and pessimistic lyrics and atmosphere, they set the standards of early heavy metal and inspired various doom metal bands. In the early 1970s both Black Sabbath and Pentagram composed and performed this heavy and dark music, which would in the 1980s begin to be known and referred to as doom metal by subsequent musicians and fans. Aside from Pentagram and Black Sabbath, other groups from the 70s would influence the genre's development.
Blue Cheer is hailed as one of the first stoner metal bands. Through the use of loud amplifiers and guitar feedback, their debut Vincebus Eruptum created a template for other artists to follow. Though lacking the pessimistic lyrical content of their contemporaries, Welsh heavy metal band Budgie would produce heavy songs which were amongst the loudest of their day, stylistically influencing various doom metal acts. Early doom metal was influenced by Japan's Flower Travellin' Band their albums Kirikyogen and Satori. Other notable groups include Sir Lord Baltimore, Bang, Lucifer's Friend, Iron Claw and Leaf Hound. During the early-mid-1980s, bands from England and the United States contributed much to the formation of doom metal as a distinct genre. In 1982, English pioneers Witchfinder General released their debut album Death Penalty. During 1984 and 1985, three American pioneers released their debuts; the Swedish Candlemass would prove influential with their first record Epicus Doomicus Metallicus in 1986, from which the genre takes its name.
Some doom metal bands were influenced by the underground gothic rock and post-punk scene of the 1980s, showing similarities with the dark themes addressed through lyrics and the music atmosphere, both music styles deal with. A doom metal band like Mindrot was described as a cross-over between death metal and gothic rock. Like other extreme metal genres, doom metal has regionally based scenes, with their own particular characteristics: In one of the greatest doom metal outputs, Finnish groups focus more on the depressive mood of the genre, evoking an intense grieving feeling; the bands play with slow tempos and melodic tones, creating an atmosphere of darkness and melancholia. This scene was kick-started by the band Rigor Mortis, which originated in 1987. Notable bands include Reverend Bizarre, Dolorian, Shape of Despair, Skeptici
Dømkirke is a live album by Sunn O))), recorded at Bergen Cathedral in Bergen, during the Borealis Festival. The album was pressed only on vinyl, but it was made available in digital-download formats; the album is available for streaming on Spotify. It is a double album; the packaging of Dømkirke features artwork by the Norwegian visual artist Tania Stene. The D-side is etched with "Fantoft, don't you wanna?" Grutle Kjellson of the band Enslaved was a member of the audience during this show. All pressings are on 180g vinyl. Baby blue marble vinyl Clear vinyl with black swirls Red vinyl Black vinyl 2nd Press: all on grey vinyl Stephen O'Malley Greg Anderson Attila Csihar Steve Moore Lasse Marhaug T. O. S
London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans; the City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of the London Assembly. London is considered to be one of the world's most important global cities and has been termed the world's most powerful, most desirable, most influential, most visited, most expensive, sustainable, most investment friendly, most popular for work, the most vegetarian friendly city in the world. London exerts a considerable impact upon the arts, education, fashion, healthcare, professional services and development, tourism and transportation.
London ranks 26 out of 300 major cities for economic performance. It is one of the largest financial centres and has either the fifth or sixth largest metropolitan area GDP, it is the most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the busiest city airport system as measured by passenger traffic. It is the leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. London's universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games. London has a diverse range of people and cultures, more than 300 languages are spoken in the region, its estimated mid-2016 municipal population was 8,787,892, the most populous of any city in the European Union and accounting for 13.4% of the UK population. London's urban area is the second most populous in the EU, after Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census.
The population within the London commuter belt is the most populous in the EU with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016. London was the world's most populous city from c. 1831 to 1925. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and The Shard. London has numerous museums, galleries and sporting events; these include the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. "London" is an ancient name, attested in the first century AD in the Latinised form Londinium. Over the years, the name has attracted many mythicising explanations; the earliest attested appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written around 1136. This had it that the name originated from a supposed King Lud, who had taken over the city and named it Kaerlud.
Modern scientific analyses of the name must account for the origins of the different forms found in early sources Latin, Old English, Welsh, with reference to the known developments over time of sounds in those different languages. It is agreed; this was adapted into Latin as Londinium and borrowed into Old English, the ancestor-language of English. The toponymy of the Common Brythonic form is much debated. A prominent explanation was Richard Coates's 1998 argument that the name derived from pre-Celtic Old European *lowonida, meaning "river too wide to ford". Coates suggested that this was a name given to the part of the River Thames which flows through London. However, most work has accepted a Celtic origin for the name, recent studies have favoured an explanation along the lines of a Celtic derivative of a proto-Indo-European root *lendh-, combined with the Celtic suffix *-injo- or *-onjo-. Peter Schrijver has suggested, on these grounds, that the name meant'place that floods'; until 1889, the name "London" applied to the City of London, but since it has referred to the County of London and Greater London.
"London" is sometimes written informally as "LDN". In 1993, the remains of a Bronze Age bridge were found on the south foreshore, upstream of Vauxhall Bridge; this bridge either reached a now lost island in it. Two of those timbers were radiocarbon dated to between 1750 BC and 1285 BC. In 2010 the foundations of a large timber structure, dated to between 4800 BC and 4500 BC, were found on the Thames's south foreshore, downstream of Vauxhall Bridge; the function of the mesolithic structure is not known. Both structures are on the south bank. Although there is evidence of scattered Brythonic settlements in the area, the first major settlement was founded by the Romans about four years after the invasion
Angel Coma is a split album by Sunn O))) and Earth featuring material reminiscent of the Black One and Hex sessions. It was released on a respective tour of theirs in 2005, limited to 2000 copies; the Earth track "A Plague of Angels" appeared on its album Hibernaculum