Earth - Earth 2 (CD)
Imagine how you would feel if the gravity of the earth would be ten times stronger than it is now. Your feet feel as if they are stuck in ten ton concrete. Your hands constantly seem to reach towards the ground. Your shoulders feel so heavy that you feel like laughing at Jesus' painful facial expression while he is carrying something ridiculous like a cross. Even if you make the biggest effort, you can't even take a step forward. Well, if it is possible for you to imagine something like that, then you might have an idea about the sound of Earth.
Improbably slow and heavy guitar riffs and a bass vibe that sounds like an earthquake are exclusively used drenching the listener into an agonising experience, surrounding him with apocalyptic feedback sounds with a particular Sabbathian touch. How can one describe this? It's not possible to speak about music, since Earth makes Winter sound like a speed metal band. Instead it is an experience of never suspected gravity forces holding you captive in their almighty power. Painfully minimalistic, threatening and dark sounds hold you in their grip until you confess that nobody can beat the sound of the planet itself when it comes to heaviness and primitive power. On this album you will find not a single voice, no drums, no keyboards, no special effects: only the pure, primitive forces of the earth making the heaviness worshipper like me bow in awe and greet the mighty planet....
Earth - Hibernaculum (2CD)
The CD consists of three old Earth classics redone in a different, stark and clean tone (akin to the Hex material) plus the track “A Plague of Angels” which was previously available on a rare tour only split 12" with Sunn0)))). The lineup assembled by Dylan for this album compliments the aesthetic and direction perfectly. Adrienne Davies who brought a patient, consistent and complimentary rhythm and percussion to the Hex album is again behind the drum kit. Don Mcgreevy and Jonas Haskins provide bass support. Steve Moore assists on keyboards and horns. Greg Anderson (Sunn0)))) adds subsonics via analog synth on “Ouroboros is Broken” and “Coda Maestoso in F (Flat) Minor. As with the Hex album the present Earth is focused and precise yet the heavy darkness remains unbroken.
The DVD is an Earth documentary filmed by Seldon Hunt. The documentary features many interviews with Dylan Carlson and live footage from the groups 2006 European tour. It is the first time ever that footage of Dylan Carlson and Earth have been released since the resurrection of the group. Detailed insight into the process of the band as well as candid, intimate conversations were captured on the fim.
Earth - Phase 3 - Thrones and Dominions (Re-issue) (CD)
On Phase 3 - Thrones and Dominions, head Earth-man Dylan Carlson forges ahead (mostly alone) on his quest for electric-sound redemption, accompanying himself with multiple overdubs of droning and crushing guitar, guitar, guitar. He trades heavy metal's bombast for a lumbering reticence, constructing a crawling, impressionistic thunder out of multitracked layers of chords that wander off forever. Each song abruptly lurches into being or closes with an end-of-tape clunk - as if it's only a segment of a larger, ongoing rumble. Earth updates 20th-century minimalism and La Monte Young's Theatre of Eternal Music into a sonic system - one that reflects a postindustrial eternity of higher amplitudes at lower frequencies. Yet, amidst the avant-garde guitar-tooling and sonic heave-ho, this is richly textured music as old as polyphony.
Earthen Grave - Self Titled (CD)
Features Trouble's Ron Holzner on bass and Rachel Barton Pine on violin.
“Earthen Grave” contains ten tracks, full of power, fast (!) and aggressive guitars (including two covers in WITCHFINDER GENERAL’s “Burning A Sinner” and PENTAGRAM’s “Relentless” that are a must-include in every EG live show), clocking one hour, able to make you hit the ‘repeat’ button many times. On top of that, Mark Weiner’s vocals carry a personal, mourning timbre, sometimes screaming with agony via the lyrics and others, becoming Chris Cornell’s aggressive Beelzebub-ish alter ego, delivering shivers down my spine. Of course, the twin TROUBLE-esque guitars play a most important role with tons of harmonies, double layers and all the traditional stuff every metalhead loves in a Doom Metal band and please do not forget THE violin, Rachel Barton Pine who adds a distinct and melancholic layer in EARTHEN GRAVE’s music with her violin-expertise, making your neck to break in 3 spots, if you dare to follow her fiery leads.
From the mourning bells of the opening “Earthen Grave” till the Thrash-laden ‘hysteria’ of the closing “Death On The High Seas”, what I loved the most during the endless listening sessions of this album was the massive sound. This album has a granite solid production/mix, making notable every riff, every single note, every dapper melody, with all the instruments becoming one, ready to punch your face and knock you out for good, making you think... wow! The production made by Ron Holzner and the great mixing done by Jason “Jay” Walsh is definitely a path for everyone who wants to say that participates in a Doom / Thrash / Metal band and this is not an excessive statement, it’s just the painful truth.
Earthless - Live at Roadburn (2CD)
Earthless is the cream of the psychedelic rock crop, and while that opinion was solidified well before I heard Live at Roadburn, the San Diego-based band's latest reinforced that feeling tenfold.
If you like the long guitar solos on live versions of Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused", instrumental psychedelic rock with a lot of thermamin, and never ending crescendos, you will love these guys from San Diego.
Earthless - Sonic Prayer (CD)
It’s tough to write a review for a two song album without diving into the minutia of each track. And a minute-by-minute recap is about as interesting as instructions on how to make ice, even if the album is incredible. So the basic details of Earthless’ Sonic Prayer are thus: “Flower Travelin’ Man” is an extended acid rock jam with a drumbeat that’s similar to Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” a bass line like Maiden’s “Wrathchild,” and guitar playing that channels Hendrix. It’s goes on and on, getting better and better. “Lost in the Cold Sun” takes on a more Middle Eastern vibe, yet still maintains the lost in space vibe of the previous track. In both cases, it’s all about the slow evolution of the music. Shifts are subtle, making this as soothing as it is engrossing (and heavy). They’ve got their contemporaries, but it’s not worth naming names. Take my advice and get this fucker. It’s a doozy.
Earthless draw influences from bands such as The Groundhogs, Amon Duul 2, Black Sabbath, Hawkwind and Jimi Hendrix's more freaked out instrumentals. Sonic Prayer is a bombastic stew of bass drone, pulsating rhythmic beats, and brain piercing acid flashback guitar leads within epic 20 - 30 minute long songs.
Earthless - Sonic Prayer Jam (CD)
Recorded Live in San Diego at the Casbah, January 3rd, 2004. Bonus track is a cover of The Groundhogs' "Cherry Red".
Earthless are shown in their most natural, and best form, as a live band. They play thundering, 20 minute, partially improvised, dynamic songs, with ultra-long effected psychedelic leads and relentlessly pounding drum parts, all tied together with a distorted wall of bass. Influenced by the likes of Sleep, Hawkwind, Hendrix, The Groundhogs, and Amon Duul II. Earthless have played with bands such as Blue Cheer, High on Fire, Iron Butterfly, Mountain, Acid Mothers Temple, Om and Saviours.
Earthlings - Human Beans (IMPORT) (CD)
German import with different artwork than the Man's Ruin version.
Spaced-out ambient noise traversing previously unexplored dimensions of the multiverse, stoner/desert psychosis in morse code, synthetic anti-songs to channel and read auras by. This is what Queens of the Stone Age wants to be when they grow up--in fact, Josh Homme appears on this album, as do Dave Grohl and Mark Lanegan.
Surrounded by the vasteness of the desert, earthlings? are mixing up timeless influences from Pink Floyd and Can with the avantgarde electronica of Pierre Henry or Brian Eno, and define their own genre between 70s glam and the evil 80s. Groovy, dark numbers ("Rock Dove", "Vegan Meth") change with mystic minimalism ("Piano Falls And Kills", "Lifeboat") and pop jewels like "Ground Control" or "Moons Over Millenium". Still we´re not able to describe the world of earthlings? appropriate, but with their ambient-neon-rock they push the borders a little bit closer to sub-space for sure. Mysterious, heroic, glamorous.
Earthlings - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD)
German import with different artwork than the Man's Ruin version.
A unique blend of Psychedelic looseness, open grooves layered with vocals and effects...covered with electronic samples up the ying-yang.
Eleven incredibly beautiful cuts of power psychedelia. A truly unique band with an insanely original bend on modern rock music.
Eerie - Self Titled (CD)
Frightening black metal/hard rock hybrid EERIE delivers a lycanthropic lashing with this self-titled debut. 'Eerie' sets the night on fire with traditional black metal and solid and heavy '70s influenced prog.