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Page online: March 30, 2013
Last update/review: July 5, 2019

Earth

In addition to being the former monicker of none other than Black Sabbath, Earth is one of those truly underground cult bands that is often spoken of in hushed, reverential tones. Often less a proper band and more a loose project led by Dylan Carlson, the group has existed in various forms since around 1990 (with a definite dormant gap between 1997 and 2003) and while their bread and butter is drone, they've meandered through several style changes throughout the years. Reviewed here are 1996's Pentastar and 2011's Angels Of Darkenss, Demons Of Light I. Pentastar is one of the more conventionally metallic albums, relatively speaking, that the band has ever done, a mostly instrumental foray into some softer doom moments with hints of stoner metal here and there, and some nods to their more ambient past. Nothing here is remotely upbeat or even mid-paced, and there's an awful lot of repetition within each song, but there are some cool fuzzed-out guitar riffs like the opening "Introduction" and its related reprise "Coda Maestoso", as well as some odder moments like the seven-plus minutes of two simple piano chords that is the entirety of "Sonar And Depth Charge". By contrast, Angels is a bit more ambient, a bit more relaxed, and decidedly less metallic, often instead resembling a form of wandering alternative rock/metal, also virtually entirely instrumental. With songs ranging from seven to over twenty minutes in length, the band clearly isn't in a hurry to go anywhere, whcih allow the songs to subtlely wash over the listener. Like most bands in this select subgenre, Earth is not meant for traditional headbanging in the slightest, but given the proper frame of mind, their songs can set a fine background mood.

Recent album: Full Upon Her Burning Lips, released on May 24, 2019.

Current Members

Dylan Carlson

guitars/vocals

Adrienne Davies

drums

Former Members/Guests

Tommy Hansen

guitars

Ian Dickson

guitars/bass

Sean McElligot

guitars

James Plotkin

bass (ex-Khanate, Khlyst, ex-Old)

Dan Tyack

guitars

Brett Netson

guitars

Jodie Cox

guitars

Dave Harwell

bass

Don McGreevy

bass

Greg Anderson

bass (Goatsnake, Sunn O))), Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine)

Karl Blau

bass

Bill Herzog

bass

Mike Deming

keyboards

Steve Moore

keyboards (ex-Dungeon, guest for Ghost)

Lori Goldston

cello

Joe Preston

drums (ex-High On Fire, ex-Melvins)

Michael McDaniel

drums



Discography



Extra-Capsular Extraction  EP
1991 Sub Pop
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Dave Harwell
  • Joe Preston



Earth 2 - Special Low Frequency Version  
1993 Sub Pop
  1. Seven Angels
  2. Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine
  3. Like Gold and Faceted
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Dave Harwell



Phase 3: Thrones And Dominions  
1995 Sub Pop
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Tommy Hansen



Sunn Amps And Smashed Guitars Live  LIVE
1995
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Dave Harwell
  • Joe Preston



Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons  
1996 Sub Pop
  1. Introduction
  2. High Command
  3. Crooked Axis for String Quartet
  4. Tallahassee
  5. Charioteer (Temple Song)
  6. Peace in Mississippi (Jimi Hendrix cover)
  7. Sonar and Depth Charge
  8. Coda Maestoso in F(Flat) Minor
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Ian Dickson
  • Sean McElligot
  • Mike Deming
  • Michael McDaniel



0707967LIVE  LIVE
2001
  1. 070796
  2. Dissolution III (Oversaturated Intervallic Collisions)
  3. Dexamyl
  4. 070796 (Reconstruction by James Plotkin)
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Ian Dickson
  • James Plotkin
  • Adrienne Davies



Living In The Gleam Of An Unsheathed Sword  LIVE
2005
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Adrienne Davies



Hex: Or Printing In The Infernal Method  
2005 Southern Lord
  1. Mirage
  2. Land of Some Other Order
  3. The Dire and Ever Circling Wolves
  4. Left in the Desert
  5. Lens of Unrectified Night
  6. An Inquest Concerning Teeth
  7. Raiford (The Felon Wind)
  8. The Dry Lake
  9. Tethered to the Polestar
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Dan Tyack
  • Steve Moore
  • Adrienne Davies



Live Hex: In A Large City On The NA Continent  LIVE
2006
  1. A Plague of Angels
  2. Ouroboros Is Broken / Coda Maestoso in FB Minor
  3. Raiford
  4. Inquest Concerning Teeth
  5. Lens of Unrectified Night
  6. Other Ghost Like Symptoms
  7. Land of Some Other Order
  8. Dire and Ever Circling Wolves
  9. Divine and Bright



Live Europe 2006  LIVE
2007 Southern Lord



Hibernaculum  EP
2007 Southern Lord
  1. Ouroboros Is Broken
  2. Coda Maestoso in F (Flat) Minor
  3. Miami Morning Coming Down
  4. A Plague of Angels
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Don McGreevy
  • Greg Anderson
  • Steve Moore
  • Adrienne Davies



Radio Earth  LIVE
2008 Southern Lord



The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull  
2008 Southern Lord
  1. Omens and Portents I: The Driver
  2. Rise to Glory
  3. Miami Morning Coming Down II (Shine)
  4. Engine of Ruin
  5. Omens and Portents II: Carrion Crow
  6. Hung from the Moon
  7. The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Don McGreevy
  • Steve Moore
  • Adrienne Davies



Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I  
2011 Southern Lord
  1. Old Black
  2. Father Midnight
  3. Descent to the Zenith
  4. Hell's Winter
  5. Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Karl Blau
  • Lori Goldston
  • Adrienne Davies



Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II  
2012 Southern Lord
  1. Sigil of Brass
  2. His Teeth Did Brightly Shine
  3. Multiplicity of Doors
  4. The Corascene Dog
  5. The Rakehell
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Karl Blau
  • Lori Goldston
  • Adrienne Davies



Primitve & Deadly  
2014 Southern Lord
  1. Torn By The Fox Of The Crescent Moon
  2. There Is A Serpent Coming
  3. From The Zodiacal Light
  4. Even Hell Has Its Heroes
  5. Rooks Across The Gate
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Brett Netson
  • Jodie Cox
  • Bill Herzog
  • Adrienne Davies



Live At Third Man Records  LIVE
2017



Full Upon Her Burning Lips  
2019
  1. Datura's Crimson Veils
  2. Exaltation of Larks
  3. Cats on the Briar
  4. The Colour of Poison
  5. Descending Belladonna
  6. She Rides an Air of Malevolence
  7. Maidens Catafalque
  8. An Unnatural Carousel
  9. The Mandrake’s Hymn
  • Dylan Carlson
  • Adrienne Davies




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