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Altar

Sunn O)))

Type:
Full-length
Release date:
October 31st, 2006
Label:
Southern Lord Recordings
Reviews:
4 reviews (avg. 89%)
1. Etna 09:51  
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2. N.L.T. 03:49  
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3. The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep) 07:37   Show lyrics
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4. Akuma No Kuma 07:52  
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5. Fried Eagle Mind 09:47  
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6. Blood Swamp 14:46  
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Band members
Stephen O'Malley Guitars, Bass, Piano, Synthesizers
Takeshi Guitars, Bass
Wata Guitars (lead), Vocals
Atsuo Drums, Gong
Greg Anderson Guitars, Bass, Synthesizers
Guest/Session
Randall Dunn Synthesizers (Tracks 4, 5)
Mell Dettmer Synthesizer (Track 4)
Eyvind Kang Viola, Violin
Troy Swanson Synthetizers (Tracks 4, 5)
Adrienne Davies Percussion (Track 3)
Steve Moore Trombone (Track 4)
Jesse Sykes Vocals (Track 3)
Kim Thayil Guitars (Track 6)
Joe Preston Vocoder (Track 4)
Bill Herzog Upright Bass (Track 2), Vocals (Track 3), Snare drum (Track 4)
Phil Wandescher Vocals (Track 3)
Rex Ritter Synthesizer (Track 6)
TOS Nieuwenhuizen Synthesizers (Tracks 4, 5, 6)
Miscellaneous staff
Randall Dunn Recording, Engineering, Mixing
Floyd Reitsma Engineering (assistant)
Mell Dettmer Recording, Mixing, Mastering
W.T. Nelson Photography
Aaron Horkey Artwork
Atsuo Mizuno Artwork
Fangsanalsatan Artwork, Art direction
Stephen O'Malley Guitars, Bass, Piano, Synthesizers
Takeshi Guitars, Bass
Wata Guitars (lead), Vocals
Atsuo Drums, Gong
Greg Anderson Guitars, Bass, Synthesizers
Randall Dunn Synthesizers (Tracks 4, 5)
Mell Dettmer Synthesizer (Track 4)
Eyvind Kang Viola, Violin
Troy Swanson Synthetizers (Tracks 4, 5)
Adrienne Davies Percussion (Track 3)
Steve Moore Trombone (Track 4)
Jesse Sykes Vocals (Track 3)
Kim Thayil Guitars (Track 6)
Joe Preston Vocoder (Track 4)
Bill Herzog Upright Bass (Track 2), Vocals (Track 3), Snare drum (Track 4)
Phil Wandescher Vocals (Track 3)
Rex Ritter Synthesizer (Track 6)
TOS Nieuwenhuizen Synthesizers (Tracks 4, 5, 6)
Randall Dunn Recording, Engineering, Mixing
Floyd Reitsma Engineering (assistant)
Mell Dettmer Recording, Mixing, Mastering
W.T. Nelson Photography
Aaron Horkey Artwork
Atsuo Mizuno Artwork
Fangsanalsatan Artwork, Art direction
Read I like this 70% immortalshadow666 January 23rd, 2008
Read No beauty without danger 90% Bertilak August 3rd, 2007
Read Atmospheric and accessible 100% blackoz July 8th, 2007
Read Crushing and Experimental... 95% NonEsDignus April 24th, 2007
The bands claim this is NOT a split album in any way, but a full collaboration of the bands Sunn O))), Boris, and several other artists:

- Jesse Sykes (vocalist: Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) vocals on “Sinking Belle”.
- Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) guitar on “Blood Swamp”.
- Joe Preston (Earth, Thrones, Melvins, High On Fire) vocals on: “Akuma No Kuma”.
- Bill Herzog, Phil Wandescher (Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter), Rex Ritter (Jessamine, Fontanelle), Tos Niewenhuizen (Beaver, GOD) , and Steve Moore (Earth) all make contributions to this album as well.

Artwork is done by illustrator extraordinaire Aaron Horkey of Burlesque Design and Atsuo Mizuno, the drummer of Boris.

Regular jewel case version released in Japan by Inoxia Records with different cover art.

2 CD version limited to 5,000 copies. CD 2: Altar Prelude (SatanOscillateMyMetallicSonatas)
1. Her Lips Were Wet with Venom
(this track is a 28 minute drone piece that features Sunn O))), Boris and Dylan Carlson from Earth)

2CD Japanese edition released by Inoxia Records with different cover art, limited to 1000 copies.
Includes one bonus track: "The Sinking Belle (Black Sheep)".

Released in 2007 on 3xLP black vinyl box set by Daymare Recordings limited to 1000 copies. Comes with a different cover art, a 16-page gold/full color booklet in Japanese and English, and includes a bonus track: "The Sinking Belle (White Sheep) (4:26). Also includes the track "Her Lips Were Wet with Venom", split into 2 tracks (One 15:10, the other 12:50).

Also released in 2007 on 3xLP vinyl by Southern Lord Recordings. Comes with full color 16-page booklet and includes the track "Her Lips Were Wet with Venom", split into 2 tracks. The vinyls come in:
- 2000 copies on opaque blue vinyl (only available through Southern Lord mailorder)
- 2000 copies on opaque green vinyl
- 1500 copies on opaque yellow vinyl
- 1500 copies on brown/red vinyl
- 1000 copies on black vinyl
- 1000 copies on clear vinyl
- 600 copies on white vinyl
- 551 copies on picture disc vinyl
- 500 copies on orange vinyl
- 500 copies on purple vinyl
- Unknown number of copies on dark red vinyl
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Added on: 2006-09-09 20:27:02 Last modified on: 2013-04-06 20:39:09
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