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White1 is the third album by Sunn O))). It was the most significant departure from their original style to date. Each track was experimental in its own way, with Julian Cope reciting occultic druidist poetry for half of "My Wall", Norwegian lyrics sung by Runhild Gammelsæter of Thorr's Hammer as an intro to a drum machine and stoner metal bass riff in "The Gates of Ballard," and the drone track "A Shaving of the Horn that Speared You."

Studio album by
ReleasedApril 22, 2003
Recorded1996-Dec 2002
GenreDrone metal
LabelSouthern Lord Records (SUNN25)
ProducerSunn O))) & Rex Ritter
Sunn O))) chronology
Flight of the Behemoth
Live Action Sampler
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media(9/10)[2]

The lyrics to "The Gates of Ballard" come from "Håvard Hedde", a Norwegian folk song. Another metal version of "Håvard Hedde" had been recorded in 1995 by Storm.

In Q magazine's August issue (named the loud issue), they named White1 as the 18th loudest album of all time, just above AC/DC's Back in Black and below the Jimi Hendrix Experience's album Are You Experienced?[3]


Track listingEdit

1."My Wall"25:16
2."The Gates of Ballard"15:32
3."A Shaving of the Horn that Speared You"17:52
4."Cut Wooded (vinyl bonus track)"15:21

Guest musiciansEdit


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. White1 review Retrieved on 2010-01-27.
  2. ^ Bryant, Andrew. White1 review 2003-06-30. Retrieved on 2010-01-27.
  3. ^ "The 20 Loudest Albums Of All Time". Q Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-07-01.

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