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Earth announce upcoming live events including Necronomicon Con

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 5:26 PM (PST)

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Currently listening to DRCARLSONALBION’s Gold as I write this, stretched out notes rounding the curve of my mind to carry some desert light to the backmost reaches of persona. Hot day crawling to a close and reading a Jack Reacher book from a pile of stuff my dad gave me before he died.Thinking about how anything Dylan Carlson is involved in seems to really resonate on the same frequency as the rugged, underground American spirit of freedom.

Carlson’s band EARTH are a favorite and I’m pleased to announce they have a slew of good events coming up, including Project Pabst Presents in Portland, Oregon on July 18th, a show in Olympia, Washington on the 19th, and a hometown Seattle performance on July 22nd. According to their PR:

EARTH has also confirmed their return to the East Coast, based around their participation in Necronomicon Convention in Providence, Rhode Island on August 22nd, at the upcoming city-wide tribute to H.P. Lovecraft in the famed writer’s hometown. September will see EARTH taking part in this year’s installment of the massive Ellnora Guitar Festival in Urbana, Illinois. Additional live performances will be announced in the weeks ahead.

 Dates below and links to get Primitive and Deadly.

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Earth Day 2015 Metal Riot playlist

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 4:29 PM (PST)

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If you don’t know that our planet is one of gazillions in a multi-dimensional, interconnected energy continuum that is easy to reconcile with almost any faith system AND science (as long as you aren’t a bigot, homophobe or in willful denial because you REALLY like Monsanto foods and Wal-Mart USA), I feel bad for you. I will send good vibes your way when I meditate between repeat plays of Earth’s Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 & 2.

Sharks are dying, glaciers are frying and if the bees go we’ll all start crying. Let’s get real here and stop having our music mainly be about distraction. Of war and peace, war might seem more metal but peace is more tenable and requires a stronger spirit to manifest in the world. I grew up in Woodstock, NY so the bands from my scene and myself knew we had like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Band to live up to…so half assed art was not really an option. It kills me to see how dispassionate, ADD and apathetic some people are today, and in society as a whole. Go drink some wheat grass and read a book! And of course, listen to metal.

Just don’t let the bastards grind you down. #propeace #worldmetalunity #preservehumanity #healtheworld #keepmoshingthough #testament #gospelofthewitches #cattledecapitation #stratovarius #earthcrisis

Below are 5 songs for today’s Metal Riot EARTH DAY playlist 2015. Check ’em HERE.

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Earth European Winter Tour dates announced

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM (PST)

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Earth‘s latest album Primitive And Deadly is on heavy rotation in my house. A record that defies easy categorization, the album finds Dylan Carlson and company at ease with whatever they handle, be it uneasy dreams or dessert stoner psalms. EARTH has now announced a European tour for January and February 2015. EARTH will be joined by Black Spirituals and Don McGreevy & Rogier Smal Duo on nearly all of the confirmed dates, and additional performances are being added to the routing.

Primitive And Deadly is out now via Southern Lord. The entire album is now streaming AT THIS LOCATION. A full live set from EARTH’s recent visit to Brooklyn is playing HERE and an extensive trailer for the album playing RIGHT HERE.

Primitive and Deadly is available direct through the band’s official store HERE, via iTunes HERE, and through Amazon HERE.

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Feeling Earthy? Get back to the primitive and deadly.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM (PST)

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Open-minded music fans the world over have long praised EARTH‘s pioneering and visionary delivery of their slow-motion anthems from the Sub Pop albums of the early 1990s, to their more Americana-inclined direction of the early 2000s and beyond. Their willingness to experiment with different sounds and different musicians has always enabled EARTH to remain consistently interesting and undoubtedly always unique. Now, nearly two-and-a-half decades into their musical evolution, the band prepares to release Primitive And Deadly, a truly epic, very diverse collection of songs which flow seamlessly, and while revisiting some of their earliest works, the album also explores massive new sonic territories for EARTH.

 With Primitive And Deadly, guitarist Dylan Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies, manage to pull off the trick of completing an Ouroborean creative cycle, twenty-five years in the making, whilst exploring new directions in their music. For the first time in their diverse second act, they allow themselves to be a rock band, freed of adornment and embellishment. The dialogue between Carlson and Davies remains pivotal, here underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows).Primitive And Deadly also brings forth the band’s first vocal contributions since 1996’s Pentastar LP, and first in the band’s second incarnation, with guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows), who transform these thundering, organic songs into something approaching traditional pop structures. The foundation of the record was laid in the mystic desert high lands of Joshua Tree, California at Rancho de la Luna where EARTH recorded after hours of meditation on each track’s central theme. Upon returning to Seattle these were edited, arranged and expanded upon at Avast with the help of long-term collaborator Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Eagle Twin). Thick, dense and overdriven, melodically rich and enveloping, Primitive And Deadly isEARTH reaffirming their position as a singular point in the history of rock.

Southern Lord will issue Primitive And Deadly in all deluxe formats in North America on September 2nd. Preorders for the album have just been activated at EARTH’s new official online store which just launched today at THIS LOCATION.

 

The first single from Primitive And Deadly, “From The Zodiacal Light,” was recently unveiled via Pitchfork RIGHT HERE.

Additionally, fans can currently order the vinyl reissues of Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method andThe Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s SkullHex available here and Bees here.

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Pitchfork has unveiled the very first single

“From the Zodiacal Light”

from the latest EARTH release, their 10th proper album.  An early surprise to the band’s incredible international fanbase, this is coolness brownies of them.

 

Open-minded music fans the world over have succumbed to and praised EARTH‘s pioneering, visionary views on delivering their slow-motion anthems since the Sub Pop albums of the early 1990s, and when their revamped lineup returned in the early 2000s with a more Americana-inclined direction, entire new hordes of listeners began paying attention. But if you need just one Earth song, listen to “Ouroboros Is Broken”  on repeat, forever.

 

Rabia Shaheen Qazi is a stunning guest on this trancey track of deep smiles.

 

Now, nearly two-and-a-half decades into their pioneering ways, the band prepares to release Primitive And Deadly, a sprawling and epic, very diverse collection of songs which flow seamlessly, and while revisiting some of their earliest works, explores massive new territories. I’ve been listening to The Golden Grass and Dio lately, so it is nice to hear another band who is so thouroughly in love with rock n roll.

I still have a phone number for some of the band from an interview but don’t call it out of respect, since I don’t know them well. But am a huge fan.

…from Camp Earth:

 

The third of the six movements on the hour-long Primitive And Deadly is today delivered to the masses by way of the sprawling eleven-and-a-half minute “From The Zodiacal Light,” now playing at Pitchfork. “Near the minute mark, EARTH incorporates one of the biggest shocks of their quarter-century: a vocalist, one of the first to lace around their instrumentals since Kurt Cobain. Rabia Shaheen Qazi, who leads the psychedelic Seattle eclectics Rose Windows, becomes a bewitching presence,” the review of the track and first true foretaste of the album states. “And Earth, now a pristine machine of a veteran band, doesn’t falter in fitting her into their mix. They find space for the song, just at the lip of their unwavering rhythm and the riff.”

 

Detach from everything else and tap into “From The Zodiacal Light,” as well as view the striking cover created by Samantha Muljat for the first time via Pitchfork at THIS LOCATION.

 

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Earth get “Primitive And Deadly” on 10th LP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 5:21 AM (PST)

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EARTH‘s career, like its music, has always been a slow, deliberate progression. Each record slightly removed from the last, a constant refinement of a singular vision. Dylan Carlson has remained focused throughout on coaxing moments of strange beauty and reflection from “the riff”. This elemental foundation of rock is refracted, in their earliest recordings, through the prism of sheer volume and feedbacking drone or, in the twin Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light set from 2011 and 2012, via a sparse unraveling take on folk.

 With Primitive And Deadly, EARTH‘s tenth studio collection, Carlson and long term cohort, drummer Adrienne Davies, manage to pull off the trick of completing an Ouroborean creative cycle, twenty-five years in the making, whilst exploring new directions in their music. For the first time in their diverse second act, they allow themselves to be a rock band, freed of adornment and embellishment. 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 dialog between Carlson and Davies drumming remains pivotal, underpinned by the sympathetic bass of Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and thickened by additional layers of guitar from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows). Perhaps the largest left turn on Primitive And Deadly, though, is prominence of guest vocalists Mark Lanegan and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) who transform the traditionally free ranging meditations of EARTH into something approaching traditional pop structures.

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Earth guitarist DYLAN CARLSON proudly announces his first soundtrack work under the name DRCARLSONALBION, to be released as the Summer season begins.

 Gold is the first major soundtrack work from DYLAN CARLSON, composed for a foreign language western of the same name; a story of German pioneers traversing the Canadian West. CARLSON‘s score, which revolves around key guitar motifs and their dialog with drone, repetition and loose improvisation, echoes the vast landscapes and almost existential “otherness” captured in the films juxtaposition of traditional western tropes to places and peoples not normally associated with the genre. This slight remove from genre has been a trademark of CARLSON‘s approach to guitar and songwriting throughout his career. Whether that is applying the writings of La Monte Young to Black Sabbath sized riffing in Earth’s earliest incarnations or his re-appropriations of country, jazz and folk during its second act.

 Across the arc of the album’s twenty-four tracks — designed to be listened to as one suite — CARLSON‘s lyrical playing dissolves structures into abstraction, stretching out each repetition until you’re left with only the sound of buzzing or scraped strings. It is an inversion of the work of Earth; stripping away where they would layer. It’s an immersive experience. For the first time CARLSON‘s guitar is presented, bare, alone, with only minimal percussion, fore-fronting his evocative, lyrical control of the instrument in a language that transcends tired “cinematic” adjectives and places you directly into the landscape.

 The lead track from this tranquil opus is now playing at Pitchfork, stating that the song “begins much like latter-day Earth, Carlson pristinely picking the lead against tinkling cymbals. But nothing else arrives. Instead, he wrestles with the theme alone, bending the notes but occasionally letting them bend back on him, shaping webs of distortion that hover like presiding anxiety.”

 Tune in to “Gold I” by DRCARLSONALBION at THIS LOCATION.

…And Click HERE for more about Gold.

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Cover Art Battle: Demons, Shamans, & Warriors

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:11 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

This week is a large, sexy, and diverse metal release week . Not only are the covers awesome but so are the band and album names: Beneath the Massacre, Blood Ceremony, The Devastated, Earth, Goatwhore, Iron Mask, Lillian Axe, Macabra, Orange Goblin, Pilgrim, Witchaven.

Go here to vote and declare this week’s best damn cover art!

***UPDATE*** Witchaven’s Terrorstorm is this week’s winner!

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Interview: Earth – Earth Angel, Earth Demon?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 11:03 AM (PST)

Earth are a band that it feels senseless to “pitch” to new fans in any sort of contrived marketing descriptive sense, as their legendary track record and career is nothing short of ritual. One of my favorite quotes ever that I often cite and probably paraphrase (and I don’t know who to accredit it to) is in the sleeve of the underrated post Acid Bath Dax Riggs’ project Agents Of Oblivion. It says, “Making an album is like living or dying.” Let’s just say that sometimes it is both and that Earth manages to encompass that level of simple complexity nearly every album, with a true sense of pioneering and adventurous clairvoyance.

Listening to Earth’s new Southern Lord release, ANGELS OF DARKNESS, DEMONS OF LIGHT 1 is to be invited into the full fledged world of a band with nothing to prove and thus removed from insecurity, leaving the focus solely on their brooding (or often blissfully resigned) compositions. Lifer artist Dylan Carlson along with Adrienne Davies (of course) and friends have created a masterpiece of transformative music that is far from simple escapism, a monument to deeply reflective emotion and release. With heady and great releases from Earth, Subrosa and Dark Castle (on the horizon) 2011 is already shaping up to be a rock solid year for forward thinking “metal”.

Read a discussion with Adrienne Davies about the powerful record here

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