Metal outfit Sunn O))) will be releasing a new album called Kannon. Named after the goddess of mercy in the Buddhist pantheon, the brand new project will feature just three tracks titled Kannon 1, 2, and 3, – "three parts of a triadic whole" says the press release – and arrives as their first album since 2009's Monoliths & Dimensions.

The band commissioned "critical theorist" Aliza Shvartz to write liner notes for the album based around Kannon. The press release explains further (somewhat):

"She also explores the relations and perceptions to their approach to these ideas via the metonym of music and SUNN O)))’s place/approach within the framework of music and metal overall."

Kannon is out 4th December via Southern Lord.