It's easy to make fun of Sunn O))). First, there's the name, pronounced simply "sun" and borrowed from the Oregon-originated amplifier brand. Then there's their appearance: Live, the doom drone luminaries solemnly wear cultlike black robes without a hint of irony. But none of that distracts once you've been initiated into their world of overwhelming, beautiful noise. Imagine throwing a pile of microphones on top of a bed of amplifiers, and letting their collective energies stew for a few hundred years. That's what this music sounds like — something
unearthed and primeval, tapping into a frequency that has always existed. The group's live act is a deeply physical experience, as their bass radiates through the audience's bodies and expands
to fill any room they play. This, at last, may be an ideal use of the gorgeous and massive Knockdown Center in Queens, a former
door-frame factory that's too big for the majority of bands that play there. But nothing is too grand for this group of dark sorcerers.