Monday, February 18, 2013

Earth "Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull" LP Review

Earth “Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull” LP
     I’ve been taking quite a fondness to a lot of doom and drone lately, and one particular band that has really grabbed my attention was Seattle Washington drone titans, "Earth”. The band is led by guitarist, Dylan Carlson-also the founding/ original member and primary songwriter for the band.  Here's a man who can paint pictures with sounds.  I can actually visualize and get the desert vibe off their 2008 opus, “Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull”. The songs on the album itself give off a very peaceful and serene vibe which is very different opposed to their early feedback driven albums like “Earth 2 Special Low Frequency Version”. The vibe of the songs is both repetitive and meditative, and will either take you on a journey down a long road to freedom or face you with another challenge. I almost see the songs on these albums being used in a Wild West flick or John Carpenters “Vampires” to name a few. The slow paced drums and atmospheric keyboards, followed by simplistic melodious guitar and bass lines, will leave the listener in an almost peaceful and serene state. I love instrumental music also because it gives the listener their own interpretation of what the song is about. One thing I will say about Earth is not only are they good musicians, but they take minimalism to a whole new level which in turn enables them to create great songs.

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