Trio of Stephen O’Malley of American drone duo Sunn O)))
, Vincent de Roguin, the keyboardist and electronics mastermind of dark and trancey Swiss post-rockers Shora
, and Daniel O’Sullivan, multi-instrumentalist behind psychedelic art-rock group Guapo
. Recording together since 2003, Æthenor have released three full-length albums, Deep in Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light
(2006), Betimes Black Cloudmasses
(2008), and the third Faking Gold & Murder
to be released early in 2009.
The project started when Sunn O)))'s guitarist Stephen O'Malley and Vincent de Roguin started making spur-of-the-moment improvisational recordings in hotel rooms and other locations while touring. After the tour was over, the pair convened in de Roguin's home base of Geneva with Guapo's Daniel O'Sullivan (also a touring member of Sunn O))) to shape the tour recordings into a finished project.
Deep in Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light
was the result, released in 2006 on VHF Records, an experimental label around since the early ’90s. Æthenor recorded two follow-up albums during an all-night session in Geneva. Betimes Black Cloudmasses
, released in early 2008, features guest appearances from Ulver
's Kristoffer Rygg
– who made his first live appearance in over a decade when Æthenor played the Roadburn Festival in April 2008 – and free improv drummers Alex Babel and Nicolas Field on its three long, untitled tracks; the third album Faking Gold & Murder
, yet to be released, features lyrics, vocals and instrumental contributions by David Tibet
of Current 93 and by Alexander Tucker
is a guitarist, from Seattle, Washington who has conceptualized and participated in numerous drone doom, death/doom, and experimental bands. Currently, he is involved with Ginnungagap, KTL, and Sunn O))), and composes for the French choreographer/director Gisèle Vienne.
is a multi-instrumentalist/composer from London best known for playing in experimental art-rock bands Guapo, Miasma & the Carousel of Headless Horses, and Mothlite. He is also a floating live member of Sunn O))).
Vincent de Roguin
is the keyboardist and electronics mastermind Swiss post-rockers Shora. He is also responsible for the strong visual identity of the Æthenor releases.
For their concert at CTM.09 Æthenor will consist of Daniel O’Sullivan, Vincent de Roguin, Stephen O’Malley, Kristofer Rygg
drummer Steve Noble
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