Terrestrials - Sunn 0)))
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Feb 7, 2014
    90
    As each track unfurls, its glacial pace arrests the listener’s search for novelty, forcing attention to the profundities of the mix and the texture that the interlaced sounds create; and yet it also deepens the desire for what each step forward promises, the crisis that the procession patiently unveils.
  2. Sep 5, 2014
    80
    These two groups disappear into each other as naturally as vapor disappears into the air, and the general atmosphere favors an industrial interpretation rather than a drone or doom-metal one.
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    This 35-minute suite is hypnotically cinematic, skillfully orchestrated. [May 2014, p.119]
  4. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    What keeps this from being a cavernous frightfest is what the members of Ulver bring to the table. [Mar 2014, p.94]
  5. Feb 11, 2014
    80
    The wait has been worth it. [Mar 2014, p.88]
  6. Feb 4, 2014
    80
    Terrestrials should first be seen as a meeting of chameleonic polyglots, and the result is most unexpectedly beautiful and luminescent.
  7. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    It perfectly reflects both Sunn 0)))'s impenetrably emotional dark heart and Ulver's expertly crafted senses of drama and dynamic.
  8. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    Infinite loops and surging crescendos constitute a psychedelic session more about melancholic beauty than foreboding. [Mar 2014, p.83]
  9. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    For Ulver's three-part collaboration with Sunn))), the mood is equally holy, reverential and mysterious. [Feb 2014, p.52]
  10. 80
    Terrestrials sounds surprisingly cohesive considering the project’s improvised roots and slow development.
  11. 80
    36 minutes and three tracks of rich, enveloping, meditative heaviness.
  12. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    It's long, languorous and wonderful in its invention, with Ulver lending emotional heft to Sunn O)))'s wall of tone.
  13. Mar 11, 2014
    70
    Altogether different from normality, and further down the path towards minimalist orchestral experimentation than expected, Terrestrials is a challenging listen yet it retains some weird, mystic ability to attract and transfix its audience.
  14. Feb 14, 2014
    70
    What Terrestrials does reveal about Sunn O))) is their amiability, their unique potential to bring the concept of Sunn O))), if not its distinct sound, to an album that really isn’t quite their own.
  15. Feb 11, 2014
    70
    Terrestrials bolsters both bands' oeuvres.
  16. Jan 30, 2014
    70
    Their least bowel-emptying tremor to date, it does make one anticipate Sunn O)))’s next move with both excitement and anxiety.
  17. Feb 5, 2014
    69
    Ultimately, Terrestrials works as a likable listen, a liminal play concerning the push and pull between dusk and dawn. But it serves as a mere footnote or, at beast, an appealing redundancy for Sunn O))) and Ulver.
  18. 67
    Their collaboration doesn’t quite rival the strongest albums of either band’s catalog, but Sunn O))) and Ulver have produced an ecstatic, beautiful piece of experimental metal that celebrates the strengths of both bands.
  19. Mar 31, 2014
    60
    Anyone feeling the mildest desire to get on with their day may reach for the volume control and reduce the endless drone to background level – hardly the point of the exercise.
  20. 60
    A trio of absorbing driftworks.
  21. Feb 3, 2014
    60
    Good in the dark on headphones, but it's not going to get the party started. [25 Jan 2014, p.54]
  22. Feb 3, 2014
    60
    Even with the missteps and occasional ennui, Terrestrials is a welcome merger between two insuppressible forces in the industry today, which should leave us all curious about what their next cloak-and-dagger collaboration will sound like.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 23, 2014
    6
    Sunn O))) & Ulver come together for a collaborative album that has been in the works since way back in 2008. The album does a pretty good jobSunn O))) & Ulver come together for a collaborative album that has been in the works since way back in 2008. The album does a pretty good job of blending each bands sound evenly and nicely. Overall, it's decent. The biggest thing that hurts this record is its short length. Full Review »