“I listened a little during the sound check earlier,” said a man working at Club INT in New Britain. “It made me sad. I felt like it would take years to get my soul right again.”
That’s about right.
What the man didn’t mention was the bone crunching volume. The waves of pulsing air that SUNN O))) pushed with through untold watts of speaker power. It vibrated you to the core, making it feel as though glasses would fall from your face or, worse, crack. This was the first note.
After a few minutes there is a note change and a new frequency spills through. This one making your vocal chords feel as though they are howling, though you remain silent. A strobe of lightning flashes and another chord sends shivers down your spine. Mist slides away from a cloaked wraith, gurgling a Gregorian chant before creeping back into darkness. This is SUNN O))).
Sulked through an hour and twenty minute
song set, the feeling became progressively more disorienting. It slowly changed from empowering to uncomfortable. Near the 30 minute mark was a fear that the song would never end. With 45 minutes came grim acceptance that this would be a new norm. After an hour, it was impossible to imagine life again. This was all encompassing; a marathon of depression. Loud depression.
A sort of zombism came over the audience. Some were perfectly still while others gently rock to a steady and unnerving beat. They all stare straight ahead, entranced by the cloud of mist enveloping the stage.
Fog machines started pouring out smoke about 20 minutes before the first note of doom. It didn’t stop until the last.
A robed figure turned down the volume knob, and in the silence all the statues returned to life with a round of applause.
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