Speakers Push Air

Album Of The Year #21
December 11, 2011, 8:30 am
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Earth – Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light Pt1

(Southern Lord)

mp3: Earth – Father Midnight

Some critics are rating this the best album of Dylan Carlson’s long and troubled career. For me, that’s still easily The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull, with its blasted desert feel. But this is definitely up there. The same basic Earth elements are here – sparse but smart drums, deep bass, and some of the finest guitar riffs you’ll ever hear, augmented with some minimal keyboards, some cello (which really adds something special). You don’t go to Earth for a radical reinvention, you go for beautifully bleak soundscapes to lose yourself in. It’s a wonder to me how the more left-field end of the metal scene became Wire magazine approved (with all the bizarre jazz and classical collaborations and such that followed) but if anyone is responsible for taking the riff and making it into something like art, it’s Earth.

Apparently Pt 2 is imminent, which pleases me no end.
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