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Black One is the fifth album by Sunn O))). It is a combination of both experimental and traditional Sunn O))), utilizing many guest musicians, including black metal musicians Malefic and Wrest from Xasthur and Leviathan, respectively. The band supposedly also went so far as to lock the claustrophobic Malefic in a casket to record the vocals on "Báthory Erzsébet".[6]

Black One
Studio album by
Released17 October 2005
RecordedMay 2005
105:34 (Limited Edition)
LabelSouthern Lord
Sunn O))) chronology
Black One
Angel Coma
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media(8.9/10)[3]
Stylus MagazineA[5]

2,000 copies included a bonus disc titled Solstitium Fulminate, containing a mix of live performances recorded at Roskilde Festival in 2005 and the immediately preceding European tour.

"Orthodox Caveman", previously known as "Caveman Salad", is based on live material from the White (see Live White) tour. "Báthory Erzsébet" was recorded as a tribute to Quorthon (as well as the countess who inspired Bathory's name) and, according to an interview with Terrorizer magazine, is loosely built "around a really slowed down riff from 'A Fine Day to Die'".[citation needed]

The album is not a continuation of the White1 and White2 style. As the band has repeatedly stated, the title is written as the word "one", not the digit.


Track listingEdit

Black OneEdit

  1. "Sin Nanna" – 2:19
    • Oren Ambarchi: vocals, bowed cymbals, flies, drums, el. guitars, atmos
  2. "It Took the Night to Believe" – 5:56
  3. "Cursed Realms (Of the Winterdemons)" (Immortal Cover) – 10:10
  4. "Orthodox Caveman" – 10:02
  5. "CandleGoat" – 8:04
  6. "Cry for the Weeper" – 14:38
  7. "Báthory Erzsébet" – 16:00

Solstitium Fulminate (Limited Edition Bonus Disc)Edit

  1. "Wine & Fog" – 21:29
  2. "Vlad Tepes" – 16:43
    • Guitar L: Greg Anderson
    • Guitar R: Stephen O'Malley
    • Vocals: Attila Csihar
    • Guitar/electronics: Oren Ambarchi
    • Analog synths: TOS Nieuwenhuizen

Black One musiciansEdit


  1. ^ "THE BEST METAL ALBUMS FROM 40 SUBGENRES". Loudwire. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Black One review Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  3. ^ Stosuy, Brandon. review 2005-12-14. Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  4. ^ Begrand, Adrien. Black One review 2005-11-11. Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  5. ^ Voegtlin, Stewart. Black One review Archived May 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine 2005-10-31. Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  6. ^ sunn0)))- Black One