Filling the Hall with clouds of smoke and noise, doom-metallers Sunn O))) head to the Barbican as part of Convergence 2017.
Taking heavy metal and boiling it down to its core components, Sunn O)))’s self-described ‘power ambient’ music eschews rhythm and melody to explore drone and texture. Heavily distorted guitars, throbbing subterranean bass and a swamp of feedback create a bewildering and entrancing live experience. Icelandic singer and cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir opens the concert, blending elements of classical composition with elements drawn from an eclectic pool of experimental styles.
Suitably taking their name from amplifier manufacturer Sunn, Sunn O))) was formed by Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson in mid 90s Seattle. Over scores of releases, plus collaborations with artists including Scott Walker, Julian Cope and Boris, Sunn O))) have pioneered drone metal as a genre, finding resonances in the wider alternative and experimental music worlds – their music is just as at home in an art gallery as it is a heavy metal festival.