Earth was formed in Olympia, Wa. In 1989 by Dylan Carlson, with an ever evolving line up including Slim Moon (Kill Rock Stars founder), Joe Preston (Melvins) and many others. After moving to Seattle and signing to Sub Pop in 1990 they would release 3 full lengths and an EP including “Earth 2”. Considered by many a definitive statement of the drone triumphant, others have described it as “the inevitable result of the damage done by downers to perception of time”. Whichever the case, its influence is undeniable. If it wasnt for this album, bands like Sunn 0))) simply would not exist.
Drone-metal syndicate EARTH will stop in The Ballroom at the Taft on November 15th in support of their fabulous album Angles Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II. EARTH will be joined on this leg of the tour by the thunderous two-piece Eagle Twin, and avant-garde jazz composer Stebmo.
Recorded in the same two week session as AODDOL I by Stuart Hallerman at Avast and mastered by Mell Detmer, EARTH’s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II carries on in the freely improvised, folkloric vein of the title track from their last release. Tape was rolled and spontaneous composition occurred.
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II is striking in many ways, not least, in the wildly improvised nature of this particular recording. Earth's songs, Sigil of Brass and The Corascene Dog, perfectly emphasize how the interplay between the foursome becomes even more accomplished as the recording evolves, a testament to the dynamism of this particular line up. Meanwhile, the track, His Teeth Did Brightly Shine, veers further into an entirely other direction, recalling sounds of the great British Acid Folk generation. This new Earth material brings forth some highly original and deeply mesmerizing tones throughout, at times more hopeful and less dark and death oriented than previous work. Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II is ultimately a new, completely unanticipated direction for Earth, and a very welcome one at that.