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Stephen O’Malley – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroAmerican musician
Is Musician 
Guitarist 
From United States of America 
Type Music 
Gendermale
Birth 15 July 1974, Seattle
Age:46 years

Stephen O’Malley (sometimes referred to as SOMA) is a guitarist, producer, composer, and visual artist from Seattle, Washington who has conceptualized and participated in numerous drone doom, death/doom, and experimental music groups (the most notable of which is Sunn O)))).

Biography

O’Malley is a founding member of several groups including Sunn O))) (1998–present), Burning Witch (1995–1998), KTL (2005–present), and Khanate (2000–2006). Within these groups and alone, he has collaborated with a variety of artists including Greg Anderson, Merzbow, Eyvind Kang, Alan Moore, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram, F.M. Einheit, Randall Dunn, James Plotkin, Julian Cope, Joe Preston, Attila Csihar, Stuart Dempster, Peter Rehberg aka PITA, Lee Dorrian, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nurse With Wound, the Japanese metal band Boris & Michio Kurihara, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, Daniel O’Sullivan & Kristoffer Rygg (in the free improvisation act Æthenor together with Steve Noble), Aaron Turner, Oren Ambarchi, Alexander Tucker, and percussionist Z’EV.

O’Malley also produced work together with the French choreographer and theatre director Gisèle Vienne (the pieces “Kindertotenlieder” (2007), “Jerk” (2008), “Eternelle Idole” (2009), This Is How You Will Disappear (2010)), Last Spring: A Prequel (2011), American sculptor Banks Violette (various projects between 2005–2009), the Italian performance artist Nico Vascellari (2007–2011), Swiss art collective KLAT (2009), and the Belgian film maker Alexis Destoop (“Kairos” (2010), with Oren Ambarchi).

O’Malley has directed and produced album cover art and design since the early 1990s for groups including Earth, Burzum, Emperor, Melvins and Boris. He has also worked as a rock/metal music journalist & published a black metal fanzine called Descent in the nineties. He was involved with creation of both the Southern Lord label and the experimental/neofolk/black metal label The Ajna Offensive. In 2011 he began curating and art directing the Ideologic Organ record label, in association with the Viennese Editions Mego.

Although he is originally from Seattle, O’Malley’s Web site indicates that he lives in Paris, France.

Discography

with Sunn O)))

  • The Grimmrobe Demos (demo 1998, CD 2000, 2xPLP 2003, 2xLP 2004, 3xPLP 2008)
  • ØØ Void (CD 2000, 2xLP 2003, CD & 2LP 2011)
  • Flight of the Behemoth (CD & 2xLP 2002)
  • White1 (CD & 2xLP 2003)
  • Veils It White (12″ 2003)
  • The Libations of Samhain (live CD 2003)
  • Live Action Sampler (promotional mix 2xCD 2004)
  • Live White (live 2xCD 2004)
  • White2 (CD & 2xLP 2004)
  • Cro-Monolithic Remixes for an Iron Age (12″ 2004)
  • Candlewolf of the Golden Chalice (12″ 2005)
  • Black One & Solstitium Fulminate (2xCD 2005)
  • Black One (CD 2005, 2xLP 2006)
  • AngelComa (split LP 2006)
  • La Mort Noir dans Esch/Alzette (CD 2006)
  • WHITEbox (4xLP Box 2006)
  • Altar (CD 2006)
  • Oracle (12″ 2007)
  • Dømkirke (live 2xLP 2008)
  • Che (with Pan Sonic) (10″ 2009)
  • (初心) Grimmrobes Live 101008 (Cassette 2009)
  • Monoliths & Dimensions (CD & 2xLP 2009)
  • Agharthi Live 09-10 (LP + 7″ 2011)
  • The Iron Soul of Nothing (with Nurse With Wound) (2xLP 2011)
  • Terrestrials (collaboration with Ulver, February 2014)
  • Soused (collaboration with Scott Walker, October 2014)
  • Kannon (CD & LP 2015)
  • v/a The Beast of Attila Csihar “Decay: The Symptoms of Kali Yuga” (CD 2003)
  • v/a Let There Be Doom II “Hell-O)))-Ween” (demo) (CD 2004)
  • v/a Darkness Hath No Boundaries “It Took The Night To believe” (CD 2006)
  • v/a Darkness Knows No Boundaries “Etna” (as Sunn O))) & Boris) (CD 2006)
  • v/a Jukebox Buddha “BP//Simple” (CD 2006)
  • v/a Within The Church of Thee Overlords “Orakulum (edit)” (CD 2007)
  • v/a VISIONARE 53 SOUND “Ultra Orthodox Caveman” (4xPictureLP & 2xCD magazine 2007)
  • v/a Does Your Cat Know My Dog? “Isengard (Chopped & Screwed)” (LP 2009)

with Khanate

  • Khanate (CD & 12″ 2001)
  • Live WFMU 91.1 (CD 2002)
  • No Joy (12″ 2003)
  • Things Viral (CD & 12″ 2003)
  • Let Loose the Lambs (DVD 2004)
  • KHNT vs. Stockholm (CD 2004)
  • Live Aktion Sampler 2004 (CD 2004)
  • Capture & Release (CD, 12″, picture disc 2005)
  • Dead/Live Aktions (DVD 2005)
  • It’s Cold When Birds Fall from the Sky (CD 2005)
  • Clean Hands Go Foul (LP & PLP 2008, CD Japan & CD+live DVD 2009)

with Burning Witch

  • Demo (cassette 1996)
  • Rift.Canyon.Dreams (12″ 1998)
  • Towers… (12″ 1998)
  • Crippled Lucifer (CD 1998, cassette 1999, 2CD 2008)
  • Burning Witch/Goatsnake split (CD 2000)
  • Burning Witch/Asva split (12″ picture disc 2004)
  • Burning Witch (4xLP + DVD boxset 2012)

with Ginnungagap

  • 1000% Downer (CD & 12″ 2004)
  • Return to Nothing (CD 2004, 12″ 2008)
  • Remeindre (CD & 12″ 2005)
  • Crashed like Wretched Moth (12″ 2006)

with Lotus Eaters

  • Alienist on a Pale Horse (CD & 12″ 2001)
  • Four Demonstrations (CD 2001)
  • Mind Control for Infants (CD 2002, 2xLP 2009)
  • DR-55 (7″ 2002)
  • Wurmwulv (CD 2007, 2xLP 2011)

with KTL

  • KTL (CD & LP 2006 on Aurora Borealis)
  • KTL 2 (CD & LP 2007 on Thrill Jockey)
  • KTL 3 (CD & LP 2007)
  • Eine eiserne Faust in einem Samthandschuh (CD 2007 on Editions Mego) – limited to 300 copies
  • KTL – Live in Krems (LP released in December ’07 by Editions Mego)
  • IKKI (CD 2008 on Editions Mego)
  • Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage: KTL Edition (DVD 2008, USA DVD 2011)
  • KTL IV Paris Demos (CDR 2008)
  • KTL 4 (CD 2009, 2×12″ & 7″ Japan 2009, CD Japan 2009)
  • KTL V (CD 2012, 2xLP 2012)
  • KTL V INA GRM Studies (12″ 2012)

solo works

  • Fungal Hex (CD 2001, 2×12″ picture disc 2005)
  • Caveman Skull 1&2 (2xMP3CD 2004)
  • Devolution/Evolution: Stephen O’Malley interviews Dylan Carlson (MP3 2005)
  • Press Conference/Panel at Roskilde Festival 010705 (MP3 2006)
  • Magistral (with Z’EV) (CD 2007)
  • Salt (CD 2008)
  • 6 °F Skyquake (with Attila Csihar) (CD 2008, Book & LP 2008)
  • Keep An Eye Out (12″ 2009)
  • Petite Géante (Cassette 2009)
  • Cocon & Oiseau de Nuit (Cassette 2010, LP 2012)
  • רומיאו (Cassette 2011, LP 2012)
  • obscurantisme (2xCD & 2xLP 2012)
  • “Epipsychidion” on the compilation Songs of Decadence: A Soundtrack to the Writings of Stanisław Przybyszewski (2013)
  • Gruidés (LP DDS DDS013 2015)
  • Eternelle Idole (2xLP 2015 Shelter Press)
  • Fuck Fundamentalist Pigs (2xLP 2015 Ideologic Organ)
  • Dread Live (LP 2016 Ideologic Organ)
  • End Ground (LP 2016 Ideologic Organ)

with Grave Temple

  • The Holy Down (CD 2007)
  • Ambient/Ruin (demo CD 2008)
  • Le Vampire de Paris (CD 2009)

with Æthenor

  • Deep in Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light (CD & LP 2007)
  • Betimes Black Cloudmasses (CD & LP 2008)
  • Faking Gold & Murder (CD & LP 2009)
  • En Form for Blå (CD & 2xLP 2011)

various

  • Sarin – Nihilist (cassette 1996)
  • Thorr’s Hammer – Dommedagsnatt (cassette 1996, CD 1998, CD reissue 2004, picture disc 2004, gatefold LP 2009)
  • Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine – Rampton (CD 2002)
  • Pentemple – Sunn O))) Presents (CD & LP 2008)
  • Brain Donor – Wasted Fuzz Excessive (CD 2009)
  • Spaceship – Spaceship (CD 2009)
  • Peeesseye – Robust Commercial Fucking Scream (Cassette 2009)
  • Stephen O’Malley & Steve Noble – St Francis Duo’ (CD & 2xLP 2012)
  • Nazoranai – なぞらない (CD & 2xLP 2012)
  • ÄÄNIPÄÄ – Through A Pre-Memory (CD & LP 2013)