White1 is the third album by Sunn O))). It was the most significant departure from their original style to date. Each track was experimental in its own way, with Julian Cope reciting occultic druidist poetry for half of "My Wall", Norwegian lyrics sung by Runhild Gammelsæter of Thorr's Hammer as an intro to a drum machine and stoner metal bass riff in "The Gates of Ballard," and the drone track "A Shaving of the Horn that Speared You."
The lyrics to "The Gates of Ballard" come from "Håvard Hedde", a Norwegianfolk song. Another metal version of "Håvard Hedde" had been recorded in 1995 by Storm.