It‚Äôs been over 20 years since Washington quartet Earth
began to drift over the music world like a thundering cloud. Inspiring and influencing bands such as Sunn O
))), this group has always pioneered the dark and experimental side of the metal and rock scene with their sluggish and hypnotic tunes. As the years passed, as Earth
has released famed records such as ‚ÄúEarth
2- Special Low Frequency
Version‚ÄĚ in 1993, ‚ÄúPentastar: in the Style of Demons
‚ÄĚ in 1996 and ‚ÄúThe Bees Made Honey in the Lion
‚ÄĚ in 2008, the quartet continued to stir up a large crowd. Finally, in early 2012
has set off a new album entitled ‚ÄúAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
I,‚ÄĚ the obvious sequel to their previous record back in 2011. Marching on from where this quartet left off from the past year, Earth
adds another album to their enormous collection of some of the most enticing experimental music the music scene has ever had to offer.
‚Äôs fans witnessed the band‚Äôs reunion back in 2003, it seems like the quartet has started to change their sound a bit, and this is confirmed in the sequel. They‚Äôve chilled their sound out compared to their regular buzzing distorted guitar soundscapes before they temporarily split up in 1997, and since they got back together, they've tuned down to a more relaxed, somewhat acoustic feel for their music. The second track, ‚ÄúHis Teeth Did Brightly Shine,‚ÄĚ is probably the most solid piece of evidence of that shift the band has taken. The track‚Äôs 9-minute-long march begins with a simple bass strumming, before the second guitar then follows with a bluesy-like tone. Afterwards, the guitar starts to get a little experimental, with its riffs slowly growing more complex and bending. It gives the listener a mental picture of a large army taking a slow and dreary march over the snowy mountains or some distant, barren plain. This is especially fitting for the album artwork, created by Stacey Rozich, which shows the picture of some odd-looking creatures marching on with their pitchforks, and banners.
However, that‚Äôs not as deep as this band gets into the trenches in ‚ÄúAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
I.‚ÄĚ The darkest track of them all would probably be ‚ÄúA Multiplicity of Doors.‚ÄĚ As stated earlier, ‚ÄúHis Teeth Did Brightly Shine‚ÄĚ gives the listener the picture of an army slowly marching to their next destination. As for ‚ÄúA Multiplicity of Doors,‚ÄĚ it gives the listener the picture of a broken army slowly marching away in total defeat. The echoing drums, the silently weeping cello, and the depressive guitars paint this saddening picture greatly, and may very well be the greatest highlight of the album. Tracks in this record, such as the ones mentioned earlier, prove that bands sometimes don‚Äôt even need vocals or lyrics to tell their dark and tragic tales; Earth
lets the music speak for itself, and it really demonstrates the high levels of musicianship the band members take in this record.
On the other hand, the last track that ‚ÄúAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
I‚ÄĚ has to offer, ‚ÄúThe Rakehell,‚ÄĚ doesn‚Äôt exactly give the same dark and brooding vibe as the previous tracks. In fact, while the country-bluesy influence is still lingering, ‚ÄúThe Rakehell‚ÄĚ has a rather groovy and jazzy feel to it, especially the easy drums. This track is quite sluggish like the rest, but it‚Äôs somewhat more lighthearted and the greatest out of all the tracks for relaxation and meditation. Next to ‚ÄúA Multiplicity of Doors,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThe Rakehell‚ÄĚ is also another candidate as one of the album‚Äôs greatest hits. ‚ÄúSigil of Brass,‚ÄĚ while still sharing the same dark theme as the other tracks, also fits in the same category as ‚ÄúThe Rakehell‚ÄĚ as one of the album‚Äôs more meditative and chilled tracks, with its simple structure of guitar and bass plucking with a touch of cello and cymbals roaming in the background.
‚ÄúAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
I‚ÄĚ is yet another fine addition to Earth
‚Äôs collection of chilled and dark drone. Overall, there are only a couple real drawbacks to this record. First, about half of the tracks in ‚ÄúAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
I‚ÄĚ somewhat lack the interesting and experimental music buildup that was found in ‚ÄúThe Bees Made Honey in the Lion
,‚ÄĚ their best record thus far. Secondly, if you‚Äôre looking for some exciting music that will get your adrenaline pumping like crazy, or the same buzzing drone that they played back in their early years, you‚Äôll want to steer away from this record. ‚ÄúAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
I‚ÄĚ is still a great record nonetheless, and it shouldn‚Äôt disappoint fans of their works since they rejoined in 2003. If you‚Äôre looking for some relaxing, subtly psychedelic, and intriguing music that also stirs deep thought and meditation in your head, this album is highly recommended. Earth
has created the soundtrack for a good and long march to the next world.