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Betimes Black Cloudmasses [Digipak]
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  • Aethenor: Stephen O'Malley (guitar); Daniel O'Sullivan (electric piano); Vincent De Roguin (keyboards, electronics).
  • Recording information: Geneva, Switzerland (2005-2007); London, England (2005-2007); Oslo, Norway (2005-2007).
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Nicolas Field; Stephen O'Malley.
  • Yet another of Sunn O))) impresario Stephen O'Malley's myriad side projects, Aethenor is perhaps the most purely atmospheric of the lot. A little over a half hour, but split into three suites, BETIMES BLACK CLOUDMASSES is not for the impatient. It unfolds at its own haunting, deliberate pace, with ambient tones and textures skittering in and out of the palpable sonic space. Metalheads expecting Sunn O)))'s doom-laden drones will be confounded unless they enter with an open mind, but the attentive will find worlds of breathtaking beauty, sometimes empty as a white room, sometimes crowded as an anthill.
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The Wire (p.43) - "The sound is deep and colourful....Overall this is more delicate and experimental than we have any right to expect..."
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