Sunn O))) has this remarkable ability to sound gorgeous and menacing at once. “Monoliths & Dimensions” (Southern Lord), the band’s seventh full-length, offers four tracks, each exceptionally long and patient, treacherously heavy and, somehow, lucidly psychotic. Brooding, powerful, haunting—Sunn O))), the most inventive band in drone metal working today, terrorizes without scaring you away, and the new record is a massive accomplishment. Closing track “Alice,” which clocks in at more than sixteen minutes, will pummel you into submission if you allow it, and you should. (The duo behind the band, Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley, welcome a whole family of contributors to help out with the doom.) There’s a demented glee found in the music of Sunn O))), which reflects off the faces of the band’s audience members during its sets. Frightening, yes, but also deeply emotional. It’s unstoppable, this darkness, especially at this volume. Bring earplugs and body armor. (Tom Lynch)
July 2 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, (773)276-3600, at 9:30pm. $15.