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O'MALLEY, STEPHEN - End Ground

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: iDEAL Recordings iDEAL135
Release Year: 2017
Note: third and last part of the series with improvised / experimental solo guitar O'MALLEY drones... "End Ground" was recorded live in Paris on 18th October 2013 => "His durational meditations absorb and consume with steady- handed wave after wave of charred, sustained, and sub-harmonised chords casting the mesmerising minimalist practice of La Monte Young into the physicality of Black Sabbaths original, heavy metal die." 2nd pressing, 250 copies
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"End Ground forms the 3rd and final installment in a series of records documenting the solo prowess of Sunn 0)))s Stephen OMalley released on Swedens iDEAL Recordings. It was performed on electric guitar thru Sunn model T amps, and captured on zoom H4 at Centre Cultural Suisse, Bad Bonn Carte Blanche, Paris, France, on 18th October 2013.

In solo mode, stripped of his usual accomplices and collaborators, OMalley is no less than an elemental force. His durational meditations absorb and consume with steady- handed wave after wave of charred, sustained, and sub-harmonised chords casting the mesmerising minimalist practice of La Monte Young into the physicality of Black Sabbaths original, heavy metal die.

The A-side/first half of this 45 minute performance features OMalley tentatively coaxing out languorous riffs which turn the air around him to a pensive, vibrating mush. As the 2nd half dawns he begins to deliver more crushing blows, drawing out and subsiding the chords with a patented, gut-wrenching and vivifying power that transcends rock, avant- garde, minimalism - all of that - to awaken dormant senses not usually experienced with other musics or concise temporality.

As with many of the most affective heavy drone recordings by Sunn 0))), among others, a modicum of patience is required in order to attain the right state for reception, but once your mind and body are malleable, the impact is deliciously visceral, primal and whelming."

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