Earth
The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull


3.5
great

Review

by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
January 19th, 2008 | 148 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Earth make a flawed but enjoyable album.

Ah, I remember how it was way back in the good old days. Not only did I discover music but I also discovered the sights and sounds that shrouded me. My main musical preference was fast pop-punk. In fact, I enjoyed anything as long as it was based on speed and electric guitars. If I were an innocent, young child looking into my future, I would wonder why in the world I’d be listening to this album. If the point hasn’t been put across, this is a slow dark record. The slow-moving euphoria of it builds up to create a sparse, intense atmosphere. Now, Earth are known for being a drone metal band but this throws the label away and tramps on it mainly by using less drones and parts that seem to border on psychedelics.

The tone of the band is one similar to a desert. The bare, derelict approach of this is something more compared to Kyuss or some other desert rock band than fellow bands such as Sunn O))). With this record, Earth has moved into an even more proper approach to their writing. This is more than just a few guys playing about with some crazy drones, no this is planned out extremely well. The guitar work is full of gracious melodies that make the listener’s attention stay at an all-time high while the drum work here is definitely admirable. Adrienne Davies has to keep the beat very slowly and this would be hard if there was an incompetent drummer playing but she pulls the drumming off perfectly. A nice surprise is also of the piano playing (especially on “Hung From The Moon”) which shows how far the band has come from it’s roots. The only instrument that doesn’t blow it’s peers out of the water is the bass guitar which is used for more of a monotonous mechanism and in some cases is completely unobtrusive.

While this album is amazing in many ways, there is still a lot of room to complain. For one, the same “slow nine minute” song structure starts to get weary and may cause people to stop listening halfway through. This could be solved by adding more parts in the pieces rather that using the same fragment for minutes on end which seem to be the main gripe. Listening through this provides disappointment to the listener since changes to the song pattern are a no-go and very bare. There are no vocals here so that may turn a few people off but those who enjoy musical landscapes will be coming back to this again and again.

Right off the bat, “Omens And Portents IL The Driver” shows the direction the band are going. With it’s deserted qualities and doused wah guitar, there couldn’t be a better opener that illustrates what they set out to do. The song encroaches steadily until it’s over even though the track after it is possibly better in every way. “Rise To Glory” would be my nomination for best track on here. Though it follows the same pattern of it’s predecessor, the guitar lines are much more appealing and fascinating. In conclusion, this is one of the band’s best records and continues on the style of Hex, if large soundscapes interest you and you consider yourself a drone/doom fan with a habit of listening to new albums then you owe yourself to give this a listen however there are a few number of flaws which make this “okay”.



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Zebra
Moderator
January 19th 2008


2647 Comments


I was never a big fan of Earth 2 but this is probably different since there are no 30 minute songs.

Ire
January 19th 2008


41820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Earfin hard

cbmartinez
January 19th 2008


2525 Comments


Nice review, definitely wanna pick this up.

any14doomsday
January 21st 2008


679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think you rated it a little low, but that was a pretty good review. I really like this album, and hex, but I wish they would turn the guitars up and do the drone thing for another record.

poopwrangler
January 21st 2008


2 Comments


Decent review. Ultimate album to have blasting while riding through the desert heat with a dead body in the trunk of your car.This Message Edited On 01.21.08

Justanothernimrod
January 22nd 2008


478 Comments


listening to this actually fucked me up a bit today. I enjoyed it but, I felt so drained/low afterwards.

At Least Pelican and Baroness and that are a bit more hopeful about it

Neoteric
March 4th 2008


3243 Comments


what do you think of it?

kuporos
March 4th 2008


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm boring when i'm listening to Earth. It' not too interesting. I regret to say i don't like last Earth's album.This Message Edited On 03.04.08

Eliminator
March 8th 2008


2067 Comments


"Miami Morning Come Down II (Shine)" and "The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull" are pretty much the only good songs on dis

Neoteric
March 8th 2008


3243 Comments


i rate the first two as the best tbh

Eliminator
March 8th 2008


2067 Comments


rise to glory is annoying

Neoteric
March 8th 2008


3243 Comments


nah it's pretty sweet

60053
March 8th 2008


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I fell asleep to this album this morning, good review. This is great background music.

Muikuli
January 4th 2009


187 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a very good album. Someone could claim that it's boring, but if you really pay attention, there is a lot of cool shit going on within these slow-paced tracks.

shablaman54
December 1st 2009


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

2 songs in and this is really cool so far, though i can see how it may bore me later on if all the songs have the same structure

Ulsufyring
December 1st 2009


1724 Comments


yo county
would i like this

Ulsufyring
December 1st 2009


1724 Comments


yes ma'am mr. countorus lady

Bleekill
January 18th 2010


832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't see this album as dark at all, or draining. It's sounds very uplifting to me. I mean, do you guys listen to Sunn O)))? There is the darkness.

shindip
March 10th 2010


3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just got this. its a little too repetitive but the songwriting itself is pretty awesome

goron72
April 19th 2010


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like it a lot, this is definitely not an album to listen to all the way through though like a lot of you said. It lost me on the 4th song, so I picked it up later to finish. This is like a nice western landscape, not really dusty or gritty, but all pretty.



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