Earth
Earth 2


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mart0001 USER (9 Reviews)
August 11th, 2007 | 151 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you can imagine Black Sabbath without drums and vocals, while the riffs are being played much slower, heavier and lower and are repeated over and over again, then you’ll get a good picture of this album.

Earth 2 by Earth is a very strange album. This is the only album from Earth I know, but it’s really superb. Earth consists of one guitarist (Dylan Carlson) and one bassist (Dave Harwell). What kind of music do they make then? Well, they make drone doom. And what is that, some of you may ask? Well, drone doom is a subgenre of doom metal. Doom metal is very slow, dark, heavy music, like Black Sabbath. But Earth goes even further than that. Imagine Black Sabbath WITHOUT drums and vocals. There you go, you have drone doom. Only one guitar and a bass guitar, which are both very down-tuned and use a lot of feedback. Sounds boring? Well, read on further…

I can’t really do a track-by-track review with an album like this, but I’ll try anyway and I’ll do my best to describe it.
The album kicks off with Seven Angels, which begins with some guitar/bass noise and feedback. After a while, a guitar riff starts playing (that’s right, there are riffs on this album, not just noise). It’s really heavy, sloooooooow (turtle speed, it sounds like it’s thrash metal being played at a much slower tempo) and low (the album is sometimes called Earth 2: Special Low Frequency Version because of that). But that same riff is repeated over and over and over and over again, for FIFTEEN minutes! And while the riff is being played, the bass makes use of a lot of feedback in the background. All this without vocals, drums or keyboards, and there’s not even a slight pause. Well, luckily there’s some variety. After 2 minutes, the riff is being played slightly faster, and about halfway through the ‘song’ (I hate using that word here) the riff is played much slower than normal. It may sounds boring, but when you actually listen to it, you’ll get into a trance and the slow, low and heavy riffs will get rammed into your head. I sometimes get the feeling there’s an earthquake coming (so their band name seems pretty appropriate) or that the end of the world is nearby while listening to it.

The song doesn’t really have an end (like all songs on this album), as it fades into Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine (which is also the name of another drone doom band). This one is similar to the previous ‘song’, but it’s twelve minutes longer! It begins with some guitar and bass noise, which sounds like the previous song is flushed away and that they begin over new. Then after a while there comes a riff which is repeated through the entire song and that way gets rammed into your head. It is also played differently as the song progresses, similar to the previous song. So there’s really not much to say about this one.

After a while, the song fades into Like Gold And Faceted, which begins with guitar/bass noise with some quiet drumming in the background. You can also hear a gong somewhere in the song. Great variety, huh? The song is less riff-based than the two previous ones, it has more guitar noise, yet it still works meditating (although some people may get a headache from it). Also, the song is slightly longer, it’s thirty minutes long. The song eventually fades out and the album has ended.

In fact, the whole album consists of one song which is divided in three parts, as all songs blend into each other and create a whole. This album is just one big, slow, sludgy monster clocking at 1 hour and 13 minutes. It’s slow, repetitive and hypnotising and it will drone on to you, so it’ll put you into a trance. You can’t really call it music, it’s more like a sound experience.

Earth 2 is definitely one of the strangest albums I’ve ever heard. That way it was also damn hard to review for me. This was the first drone doom album ever made, and it influenced many other drone doom and doom metal bands, like Sunn O))), Boris and Sleep (listen to the first three minutes of Dopesmoker, that could’ve fit on this album pretty well). You may think the album sucks the way I described it, but in fact I love the album. It works great when you’ve had a hard working day or want to relax. I sometimes put it on when I can’t sleep, and that works great. I once was on a bus trip to Venice (Italy), and I couldn’t sleep. When I put this album on, I fell asleep and I slept for three hours straight.

On the back of the album, there are some descriptions of the album by other people, which are very funny and appropriate, like: “A physical presence in the room… I can almost touch the sounds”, “When I got up, I could swear I was a few inches off the ground!”, “Forget drugs and alcohol... I am now very, very mellow!“, “Always had trouble relaxing… After auditioning Earth 2, had an incredibly deep sleep” and “I feel alert yet very calm…Wonderful after a hard day”.
The slow, low and heavy sound of the album will put you in a trance once you’re listening to it. It also manages to create a very dark atmosphere (as you can read earlier in this review, I sometimes have the feeling there’s an earthquake coming or that the end of the world is nearby while listening to this album). And Earth manages to create that atmosphere without vocals, keyboards or drums, only a guitar and a bass guitar! Nicely done.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
cbmartinez
August 11th 2007


2525 Comments


I'm ashamed to say that although Sunn is one of my favorite bands, I have never heard an Earth album. I've seen this on vinyl at the record store around me, I'm thinking about picking it up.

Mart0001
August 11th 2007


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You'd better do. This was the album that influenced Sunn O)) and started the whole drone doom genre ;)

cbmartinez
August 11th 2007


2525 Comments


I know word. Good review too man.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2007


2680 Comments


Yeah, this was a really good review, you described this really well. The descriptions at the end of the review were pretty amusing, heh. I'm not very big on Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, both the artist and the song on this album, though.

any14doomsday
August 12th 2007


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to this album puts me iin a real good mood for some reason.

I love this album, But I like pretty much everthing Earth has out. Except Phase 3. They played a new song of the new album called "The Bee Made Honey in The Lions Skull". And they jammed the shit out of it.

Neoteric
December 14th 2007


3243 Comments


This album rules.

Relinquished
September 12th 2009


25097 Comments


Amazing stuff.

Two-Headed Boy
October 27th 2009


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dopesmoker? My ass.

Good review.

Jebull
May 27th 2010


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Monolithic, crushing, slow, just plain epic.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 27th 2010


4950 Comments


anyone dig earthless?

Jebull
May 27th 2010


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What is that?

Dryden
May 27th 2010


12928 Comments



hmm

Urinetrouble
May 27th 2010


5761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album slays ballz

Jebull
May 28th 2010


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's soo good with some good heavy bass headphones, relaxing in the dark. =)

Dryden
May 28th 2010


12928 Comments


me too


robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


15040 Comments


goddammit my copy of this has the tiniest of breaks between the tracks and it's annoying

eternium
August 31st 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I bet. This cannot be interrupted in any way or else it completely kills the mood.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2010


15040 Comments


yeah anyone got a v0 or flac (i dont actually care about flac; just something that either is v0/320 or
can be converted to such) or something or can point me in a good direction

i got a flac rip from holyfuckingshit40000 which i converted to v0 but i guess it has tha tproblem
laaaameeee


Ire
November 14th 2010


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

sup



WeepingBanana
January 31st 2011


10159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

finally giving this a go... god damn...



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