primitive and deadly
Thick, dense & overdriven, melodically rich & enveloping with distorted heavy riffs, acoustic timbres & expansive country-drone sounds, on their epic 10th album dylan Carlson & adrienne Davies play as a rock band, freed of adornment & embellishment.
Perhaps the largest left turn though, is the prominence of guest vocalists Mark Lanegan & Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) who transform the band's traditionally free ranging meditations into something approaching traditional pop structures. As much as Carlson's guitar has always been the focal point of EARTH's music, it's been surrounded by consistently diverse instrumentation. Here the dialogue between Carlson & Davies' drumming remains pivotal, underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter) & thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) & Jodie Cox (Narrows).
- Torn by the fox of the crescent moon
- There is a serpent coming
- From the zodiacal light
- Even hell has its heroes
- Rooks across the gate
- badgers bane (Vinyl only)