Earth
Earth 2


4.5
superb

Review

by David Foster Wallace USER (72 Reviews)
July 27th, 2010 | 49 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Earth made drone metal more than a one band, one album experiment. Pioneers in the genre where no one matches them.

Earth could be considered one of the most important bands in musical history. They single-handedly invented a style of music that came to be known as Drone Metal and they released their debut EP on Sub-Pop Records. This is their first official full length album, Earth 2, also known as Special Low Frequency Version. This is drone metal at its natural start, uninhibited by experimentation with other instruments or reverting to cleaner sounds. This is probably the heaviest drone has ever been. The band consisted of two members, Dylan Carlson and Dave Harwell on guitars and bass respectively. Some of you may know the name Dylan Carlson as he was somewhat famous for being Kurt Cobain’s “best friend”. This gave the band some sort of credibility among the waves of countless other Sub-Pop bands. Earth 2 definitely wasn’t a release expected from a major label. In fact, it was probably the least popular thing to put out at the time. They did gain some sort of popularity though, as evidenced by the fact that Sunn O))) formed as an Earth tribute band. Earth also took their name from the original name of Black Sabbath.

Speaking of Black Sabbath, Earth 2 draws a major influence from them. Imagine Sabbath’s first album. Then slow down one of the riffs in the songs and drench it in fuzz and feedback. Then stretch that riff out for 30 minutes. That’s what you’re getting throughout this album. While the songs are lovingly drenched in layers of feedback, sometimes you can make out a riff to a song. Seven Angels has a nice chugging, doom metal riff that maintains a certain level of catchiness throughout the song. It’s buried beneath all of the crushing noise so it takes a good ear or a few listens to make out this riff. The rest of the songs have good doom riffs too, all of them buried beneath feedback. The other parts of this album include some low-tuned bass playing which fits well into the mixture of the guitar sound and can be clearly heard. There is also some minimal percussion and electronic noises scattered throughout. None of the 3 songs really stand out from each other unless you listen closely, but it makes for great calming background music.

The production on this album is suitably raw. It’s not over produced at all and each instrument can be heard clearly. The guitars are cranked up in volume and the bass is lowered for a nice counter-balance. Earth 2 is best listened to with a pair of high quality headphones and the volume up high to hear the crushing blast on your eardrums. This album is essentially the perfect drone metal album. It’s loud, noisy and heavy and it gives you a sense of relaxation and calm after you’re done listening. The only problem is that people who listen to more traditional rock and metal may find this album frustrating for having only 3 songs and being extremely repetitive. A classic album from one of the legends of the metal scene.



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Urinetrouble
July 27th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this needed another review

accompliceofmydeath
July 27th 2010


4267 Comments


I need to dig this out again. I used to play this just to piss my friends off but, I really enjoy it.

Digging: New Found Glory - Resurrection

eternium
July 27th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great description using the Black Sabbath riff. I've only listened to this once, sadly.

dr2den
July 27th 2010


1342 Comments


this rules so much

Jethro42
July 27th 2010


12492 Comments


Added on my 'to listen to' list. Good review dude.

Bitchfork
July 27th 2010


7584 Comments


yyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssss

eternium
July 27th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Okay, listening to this (entirely) again. Sooo good once you can get through the whole thing.

acADHDemy
July 27th 2010


1124 Comments


seriously, who could give half a shit about Marvel vs. Capcom 3 when STREET FIGHTER VS TEKKEN IS GOING TO RIP CONTROLLERS TO SHIT HOLY CRAP HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS FUCK YEA TEKKEN.

Bitchfork
July 27th 2010


7584 Comments


Albums cool guys.

iBosley
July 28th 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album roooools

Relinquished
July 28th 2010


25311 Comments


the best

Ire
July 28th 2010


41805 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

..of you.

love this

Bitchfork
July 28th 2010


7584 Comments


then rate it

Ire
July 28th 2010


41805 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

not finished listening

i'm very anal about that stuff. i know that sounds like bullshit

Bitchfork
July 28th 2010


7584 Comments


Not really. But Hex is better than this.

Ire
July 28th 2010


41805 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

have not heard

Bitchfork
July 28th 2010


7584 Comments


hex is like a 4.7/5.0 while this is like a 4.589/5.0

Rev
March 22nd 2011


9438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Woooh. This is godly

Rev
March 23rd 2011


9438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*awaits Hawk's verdict*

Polymath
March 23rd 2011


3836 Comments


Getting this after Radiance of the Shadows



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