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  • Summary: The companion album for the drone metal band's earlier released Life Metal album was recorded at the same sessions with Steve Albini.
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  • Record Label: Southern Lord Records
  • Genre(s): Avant-Garde, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Instrumental Rock, Structured Improvisation
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The Wire
    Nov 20, 2019
    80
    It’s tempting to call these outtakes but their vision is sharp and purposeful, sustained by a consistently monolithic interplay and helped by Steve Albini’s signature traits. It all makes Pyroclasts one of Sunn O)))’s heaviest and most penetrating albums. [Dec 2019, p.55]
  2. Nov 8, 2019
    80
    Pyroclasts oozes with the same bright quality of Life Metal.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 23, 2019
    80
    The results may comprise the most finely distilled example of Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson's deconstruction of heavy riffage, with each of these tracks demonstrating the infinite varieties of fuzz and rumble that exist within a single mighty note. [Nov 2019, p.33]
  4. Nov 14, 2019
    80
    The recorded experience of the band is entirely different to that of seeing them live of course, but these last two albums are perhaps about as close to the bone shaking, mind expanding, air shifting onslaught as has yet been committed to tape. Somehow, Pyroclasts is more stripped back than Life Metal, but that merely adds to its live and immediate feel.
  5. 75
    While effective on its own, the LP offers an even more intriguing journey when played as a continuation to the band’s previous album. That said, each of the four tracks offers meditative instrumentation, allowing listeners to soak in the atmospheric vibes that make up Pyroclasts.
  6. Oct 23, 2019
    70
    The forward evolution of Life Metal has been balanced and extended into a mercurial spirit through formless, receptive interaction on Pyroclasts.
  7. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 23, 2019
    30
    Four 11-minute "Improvised modal drones." [Nov 2019, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 30, 2019
    8
    This is definitely a record for the open minded. Sunn O))) have made some incredible records over the years and I believe there is a lot toThis is definitely a record for the open minded. Sunn O))) have made some incredible records over the years and I believe there is a lot to take away from what they do. Although I wouldn’t suggest new listeners go straight here, this is is still a sterling example of drone at its most primal and raw. ‘Pyroclasts‘ allows your head to be taken over and filled with pools of thick, warm washes of guitar driven noise and the result is glorious levels of transcendence. Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2019
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If you left an electric guitar in open tuning, turned it up, left the amp on, and hit record, you’d end up with “Pyroclasts” - a ‘record’ of droning notes masquerading as high art. It’s a struggle to even call this music - music implies thought, creativity, effort and composition. This album sounds like someone recorded feedback for forty five minutes, realized they needed to pay for the studio time, and released this mess to try and pay for it. Your better off listening to radio static. At least that way you might actually hear something interesting. An insult to music, musicians and music lovers everywhere, “Pyroclasts” is an affront to art. Expand