The Bees Made Honey In the Lions Skull
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||Omens and Portents 1: The Driver||Earth||9:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Rise to Glory||Earth||5:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Miami Morning Coming Down II||Earth||8:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Engine of Ruin||Earth||6:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Omens and Portents II: Carrion Crow||Earth||8:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hung from the Moon||Earth||7:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Bee Made Honey In the Lions Skull||Earth||8:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Earth’s fifth studio album sounds less like a hive of bees buzzing inside the skull of a lion and more like a band of giant mountain wizards playing heavy instrumental drone-rock to accompany the shifting of tectonic plates. The ending title-track is one of the most strangely beautiful compositions here — it starts with Eastern drones that give way to melodic arpeggios picked on the low strings of an electric guitar before slowly building on layers of noise while maintaining head-nodding tempos. Then, one-by-one, the sonic layers are reduced until we’re left with the opening drones. Six-string luminary Bill Frisell joins Earth on the first cut, “Omens and Portents I: The Driver,” a nine-minute epic that begins with a wah-wah pedal bending notes in slow motion over death-march rhythms. “Hung from the Moon” nicely contrasts doomy distortion with lilting piano.
Formed: 1990 in Seattle, WA
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s