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After a five-year absence, Earth is back with the two-chaptered album Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light. And it sounds as though in the half-decade between 2008’s The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull and this recording, Dylan Carlson may have hocked much of his distortion pedal collection. But even as twangy guitars resonate with Ennio Morricone–style tones, the opening song, “Old Black,” is still heavy and sluggish, thanks in part to tension between drummer Adrienne Davies and new bassist Karl Blau. The following “Father Midnight” exercises even more restraint. Its scales seem tipped toward the negative space that make the plodding rhythms here incredibly suspenseful, with Lori Goldston’s cello adding palpable texture. Vamping on minor-chord blues, “Descent to the Zenith” proves that you don’t need blown-out Black Sabbath–derived sludge to sound sinister. And this one plays with such brooding moods that it would make a perfect score to a remake of an old horror-western film like Haunted Range.

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Hex meets bees. This album is amazing. The addition of strings to Carlson's guitar sounds perfect. Highly recommended.

A High Water Mark

Love this album, Love Earth, I just love this band, I love the addition of the violin & other sounds which gives this album an added depth & texture. I Even love the fact that the release date is Feb 22, 2011 & it's Feb 15th today. So my question is, am i in the past looking into the future or in the future looking into the past. Either way, if your a fan of this genre, & there have been many labels used to describe this genre, this will certainly go down as a landmark of this style of music, a must have.

Better than ever

Huge, huge Earth fan, now even more.
I heard a preview of this on NPR and could not wait until the release. A brilliant mix of Hex and Penstar, it sends you to another realm.


Formed: 1990 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Earth's drone-heavy experimentation is largely the result of its one lasting member, guitarist Dylan Carlson. The band was originally formed in 1990 in Olympia, Washington by Carlson, Slim Moon (who later founded the Kill Rock Stars label), and Greg Babior. Moon and Babior left soon after and were replaced by Joe Preston. Earth played a few live shows and then recorded some material with Mike Lastra. After opening for L7 in Seattle, the group was approached by Sub Pop Records, which released the...
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