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Earth

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 recordings in 1991 as Extra-Capsular Extraction. The following year, Carlson and Preston recorded Earth 2 with producer Stewert Hallerman, but Preston left soon after the album's release.

Sub Pop was unhappy with Earth's lackadaisical recording tendencies, and the label pulled the plug on 1993 sessions for the third album. Recording resumed the following year with producer Ian Dickson (who would become a permanent member just one year later), engineer Scott Benson, and drummer Rick Cambern. Phase 3 was finally released in April 1995. A live album taken from a Blast First label concert was released the same year as Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars. Sub Pop surprisingly re-signed Earth for three more albums early in 1996, and Carlson recorded a new album, Pentastar: In the Style of Demons. The album showed a more stabilized band, with the addition of guitarist Shawn McElligot and drummer Mike McDaniels. After a small series of live performances following the release, Earth quietly disbanded with virtually no public acknowledgment of the split. A live album appeared in 2000, followed the next year by a series of demos (one including a vocal from the deceased Kurt Cobain) issued with a CD version of the Sunn Amps EP. An Earth video titled A Bureaucratic Desire for Revenge was also available from Sub Pop.

Earth returned in 2002 for a series of live shows in the U.S. and Europe, this time as a two-piece with Carlson and drummer Adrienne Davies. That lineup was featured on 2005's Living in the Gleam of an Unsheathed Sword. The album was recorded live, with its title cut lasting nearly an hour. Earth returned that September with the more ambitious Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method, which suggested the sound of a drone metal band covering Giant Sand or Scenic. The year 2008 saw the release of Hibernaculum, which offered four long songs, three of which originally appeared on earlier recordings but were performed on this set via the new Earth sonic aesthetic. It also contained a DVD featuring concert and interview footage from the Hex tour. The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull appeared in 2009, and took the latter-day Earth sound into even more hauntingly abstract and cinematic directions.

In 2010, Southern Lord released A Bureaucratic Desire for Extra-Capsular Extraction, a remastered compilation containing the complete 1990 Smegma Studios sessions -- their earliest recordings -- that were previously only available separately on Extra-Capsular Extraction and Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars. Carlson resumed the experiments he began back on Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method with the first part of a projected trilogy entitled Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light, Vol. 1 arriving via Southern Lord in 2011. Somewhat different in approach, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light, Vol. 2 arrived in early 2012. The equally diverse Primitive and Deadly, which featured the talents of guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows), dropped in late summer 2014. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Track List: Living In The Gleam Of An Unsheathed Sword

Comments

dnowlini
Long live sludge!
Anyone with a smooth jazz station doesn't get to call drone metal boring
Any band that is called drone heavy means that they lack the musical creativity to write melodies and instead count on boring, repetitious and electronical l y assisted noise making to fill out a song.
romanferrer
that guitar tone is sick. is there a distorted organ in there or is that the cello? either way, this song has great textures.
I wonder what would happen if Neil Young and Dylan Carlson were to make an album? Think about it, the King of Distortion and the King of Drone meeting up for a jam session. I think it would be incredible.
bobhendon1
Right On Elicoor
Stoners music, but so relaxing
Ahhh, I remember Dylan more blonde and greasy.
martinipirat e
@ ninrobmon666 ..you are seeing Dylan Carlson, Angelina Baldoz, Lori Goldston and Adrienne Davies in that photo...the current members of the band Earth.
That's an interesting photo of a band that isn't Earth...
I used to listen to Earth 2 to help me get to sleep in the morning when I worked night shifts. :)
the new one which is really their first one is son addictive so monstrous you get enveloped in its drone trance and it f**king wont let you go-your lost in its crazy grip !!!
pentastar -is still my fave-but you know they are all great...
wow-chuzz-we finally agree on something-al s o try hex-its amazing.
is there a new album out-i think i ran into something on you tube-am i correct ?
i like listening to living/unshe a t h e d sword. and listening to it. and listening to it. and listening to it.
I like the new stuff quite a bit, too. Hex is great, Hibernaculum is great, the bees made honey is great. They're just a great band...Yes, they're even great sober..
Great band for smoking weed to. Or for doing opiates to.
love it
Oh my god... I can imagine Earth being slower... but what about sunn O)))?
Earth and Earthless should play a show together. Trippy man trippy...
If they would just slow down the songs a little, I could enjoy them.
I must say this...
What would happen if half way through dissolution three Earth broke out into some upbeat fast paced punk song?
I would laugh my a** off, but that is just me...
I love this band.
I am glad I found this band..the Bee Made Honey In the Lion's Skull.
Earth is mind-blowing !
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wierd
KIND OF A SABBATH ALMAN BROTHERS AND BLUE GRASS TYPE MIX.

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