Earth
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II


4.0
excellent

Review

by rmill3r USER (26 Reviews)
February 14th, 2012 | 23 replies | 5,789 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Earth's second volume of the "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light" series is an oasis worth striving toward.

Earth began in the early 90's as the droning musical project of guitarist Dylan Carlson. It was actually an offshoot of doom metal with its elongated guitars and epic runtime. But after Carlson's 1996 release, he disappeared into the drowning ether for personal reasons, only to return in 2005 with a slightly new musical direction. On Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method, Carlson retained the droning aspect, but with less distortion and more twang. Suddenly, Earth had moved toward an old-time "country"--if not even ancient--feel to its grand sweeping hums.

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II is the second part of a series of recordings that only adds, rather than detracts, from the ongoing legacy of Earth's drone doom. But, like Carlson's other work since 2005, what little traces of metal Earth once held has mostly been done away with (except maybe for the deep chords struck on "Waltz (A Multiplicity of Doors)"). Instead, the Angels of Darkness series carries a distinct country twang and a blues-like rumbling bass. Angels I and Angels II were recorded together around the same time, so there really aren't a whole lot of differences between these two albums. II feels like an honest and true continuation of I, but what the first album had that the second doesn't are the stylish crescendos and <i>near</i> bombastic moments, which gave the first album its memorable dissonance. II tends to stick squarely on droning without much fluctuation, which could easily make it ring hollow as it plays unnoticed in the background, or just as easily give a sincere sense of minimalistic comfort that only the most resolute musicians could provide.

Percussionist Adrienne Davies expands to more than just a simple kit. Brushed cymbals, auxiliary rolls, and timpani-like strikes pervade the track straight from the mysterious opener "Sigil of Brass" to the slow fading of funky closer "The Rakehall." Just like on I, strings play a large role alongside Carlson's guitar twangs and slides. Cellist Lori Goldston's melancholy strings bumble along with Carlson in a complimentary fashion, continually rising and falling accordingly. And while there aren't nearly as many crescendos as in the first volume, "Waltz (A Municipality of Doors)" showcases Goldston's hand with free-form jazz in a chaotic whirl of vibrations, which resonates because of how it breaks the mold in the midst of all the droning.

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II feels like a desert---a cool screenshot to a dreary western film. But the album's quiet approach is like an exhale or a continual hum; it's peaceful, yet always mindful of itself. Classically conscious, metallically influenced, and titillatingly built on heartfelt blues and old-time country, Earth's closure to the Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light series is an oasis worth striving toward.



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porch
February 14th 2012


8460 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hmmm i doubt it

didn't like part 1

porch
February 14th 2012


8460 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

: D

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
February 14th 2012


3663 Comments


riffs

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
February 14th 2012


3663 Comments


double riffs

rmill3r
February 14th 2012


167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Boring can be good

BugZoid
February 15th 2012


331 Comments


"Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II is the second part of a series of recordings that only adds, rather than detracts, from the ongoing legacy of Earth's drone doom."

I love ^ that line that you put in there. That's what reviews are all about. None of the "I think" or "probably" stuff. You say WHAT it is and WHAT it is not. Great review man, sincerely.

Motiv3
February 15th 2012


8931 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

got this, haven't listened to it yet. But its Earth so it should be at least good.

Digging: Punch - They Don?t Have To Believe

MO
February 15th 2012


18617 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yea it's not bad

Rastapunk
February 16th 2012


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This a cool relaxing style

Krumkake
February 22nd 2012


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like it more and more

Graveyard
August 4th 2012


5728 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

kool kool and kool

Digging: Sugary Sweet Machines - Controlled Breathing

ViperAces
August 4th 2012


12428 Comments


Wasnt this band the one with Tonny Iommi?

Rastapunk
August 11th 2012


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nope

Rastapunk
August 11th 2012


736 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They chose their name from Black Sabbath original band name though

gbowles
August 13th 2012


70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wouldn't call this "metal" but it's really good

Graveyard
August 13th 2012


5728 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dronnnnnnnnnnne

Ire
August 13th 2012


41762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

poseuuuuuuuur

Relinquished
August 13th 2012


24993 Comments


pizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzza

DarthMann
August 13th 2012


13815 Comments


spaghetti

Relinquished
August 13th 2012


24993 Comments


nah it doesn't work



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