Posted in metal | music | pictures on September 7, 2010

words and photos by BBG, more photos by Samantha Marble

Altar

"Altar is a collaboration album between Japanese doom band Boris and American drone doom duo Sunn O))), released on October 31, 2006 through Southern Lord Records. A limited two-CD edition was released on October 23rd via Southern Lord with a 28 minute bonus track with Sunn O))), Boris, and 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 (Black Sheep)," and also 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, and 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 (White Sheep)."

In addition to major players Sunn O))) and Boris, Altar also boasts an extensive roster of guest musicians/collaborators such as Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Joe Preston (Earth, Thrones, Melvins, High on Fire), Phil Wandscher and Jesse Sykes (both of Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) as well as long time Sunn O))) collaborators TOS Niewenhuizen and Rex Ritter." [Wikipedia]

Going into the Altar set Sunday night, I was admittedly not that excited; of all of the tracks on the LP, only the ethereal and melancholic "The Sinking Belle" featuring Jesse Sykes had left a truly indelible mark on me. Punishing and powerful, sunn o))) and Boris were joined by Sykes, Joe Preston and others, who added Moog, trombone, upright bass, and much more to the jet engine roar. Their set at Kutsher's, much like Sonic Youth the night before, was the single greatest show that I have ever seen sunn o))) or Boris be a part of.

And they do it again, in Brooklyn, TONIGHT (9/7). More pictures from the ATP show, below...

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pics by BBG...

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pics by Samantha...

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and in NYC:

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Comments (31)

can't fucking wait for tonight...

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:31 PM

Anyone know set times for tonight?

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:33 PM

Wata!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:35 PM

Sunno))) play at midnight...

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:36 PM

you can't really hate on that as it looks pretty badass.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:37 PM

Three minutes into the loudest set I've ever attended a bass frequency kicked in that caused everyone around me to buckle. Every single fiber in my body rattled. True masters of volume. Bowels shifted.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:46 PM

doombone

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:48 PM

Sunn MEH)))

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:50 PM

I don't mind sunn o))) but I think that I could get bored with it after a while...standing, standing standing. Yeah, you stand at every show but it's a little different when the music is droning. They should have couches in the pit area.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 12:53 PM

^^+1

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:05 PM

This was a visually and sonically amazing to watch. People that had been to other shows of theirs said this was the best set they had ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:21 PM

Dilemma! Tonight in Philly....

SLEEP
or
Dungen/ Wooden Shjips

Keep going back and forth and can't decide! I know this is probably my only time to see Sleep but I've never seen WS either.

SUGGESTIONS?

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 1:40 PM

1:40

SLEEP

Posted by venison | September 7, 2010 1:52 PM

Taking the train to Philly can be a arduous task. My advice is to bring an iPod, a book, and some pita triangles for hummus dipping to make the ride more enjoyable.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 2:30 PM

@ 2:30...thanks f--kwad, but I live here. It's really time for you to STFU with your inane comments.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 2:42 PM

^ well follow these tips next time you take the train to NY...
Then you will find my comment to be rather helpful and you may even thank me and arrive in good spirits. :)

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 2:46 PM

are they really going on at 12? the show starts at 8 so i'm thinking they're going on at 11 the latest

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 4:04 PM

he should take the advice now and get back to philly by show time. that way he can keep his blood sugar up with some nice pita bread and hummus during gimmickO)))))

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 4:09 PM

4:04

I just took a double look at that myself, I would say 11:00 latest--has to be...I ain't an old timer, but midnight on a Tuesday is just a pain in the ass.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 4:10 PM

is there any way to see Shellac & Altar tonight? and somehow squeeze in BXI!??!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 4:16 PM

saw sunno))) last year, same spot, they went on at twelve... that's why i'm taking tomorrow off... plus i want to get some rest for the Sleep show... two nights of heavy metal pleasure...

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 4:19 PM

Adam from the Blackened Music Series says that the first band goes on at 8:30.

But, sunn O))) played until after 2am last year...

Posted by Venison | September 7, 2010 4:32 PM

it takes them a half hour to fill the room with smoke...

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 4:56 PM

Remember - no volume restrictions @ Brooklyn Masonic. everyone can play as LOUD and as LONG as they want

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 4:56 PM

the Sleep show last night was probably the loudest concert I've been to. Wonder how this one will fare tonight

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 5:16 PM

cant see then going on any later then 11.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2010 5:37 PM

they're having "power problems" FYI

Posted by beeeeeve | September 8, 2010 12:08 AM

they're actually playing - quick put your earplugs back in! #doommetalfail

Posted by beeeeeve | September 8, 2010 12:18 AM

power cut out after 1st song so they took a long break to fix it and went back on with no lights

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 2:31 AM

Boris is great...I love Jesse Sykes...Dylan Carlson and Joe Preston are greats...but I don't get Sunn O))).
I've seen them 3 times (two shows I worked) and every time an amp broke, then they'd break out the step ladder to fuck around with it...and with those robes they look like Jawas while fixing the shit. It's goddamn hilarious.
We in the know refer to them as Sunn BLO))).
Now...Southern Lord is a great label with great bands, charges a fair price while pressing beautiful vinyl (instead of the boutique prices a lot of indie labels do now since that's the only place they make money), and Mr. O'Malley does excellent design/artwork.
Greg Anderson...please do a full Goatsnake tour. Goatsnake > Sunn O))).

Posted by Hank | September 8, 2010 3:07 AM

despite the power problems, that set killed last night....also killed my ears (of course).

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2010 9:56 AM

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