Earth
Primitive and Deadly


4.5
superb

Review

by Brendan Nixon USER (39 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2014 | 93 replies


Release Date: 09/09/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It sounds like the cover.

When it comes to drone music, it would be a sin to leave Earth out of the conversation. I think it would be safe to say that had they only put out their debut, Earth 2, and dissolved suddenly, they would still be considered pioneers of their genre. Of course, Carlson and co. kept experimenting with results that were always at the very least, interesting. They had the raw drones of their debut, the metal-leaning Phase 3, the pure stoner metal Pentastar, and the country-leaning drones of Hex and Bees. But lately, they’ve seemed to be getting quieter and quieter with each release, almost invoking the ambience of Brian Eno without the fuzz. The Angels of Darkness albums are prime examples of this newfound feel, and they’ve definitely proven that there are many different ways to craft drone music. Those two records made anticipation for this record rather interesting, since the new Earth is much different than the old Earth. But, our calls for another masterpiece of drone were answered.

Dylan Carlson has always called Earth’s music ambient metal, and Primitive and Deadly is probably the best example of this he has done yet. While it definitely culminates every release they’ve done, there is a new atmosphere that Earth had yet to achieve up to this point. The biggest difference between this and their past releases would definitely lie in the more traditional structures that they’ve never really used before. The drones still seem to form into melodies overtime, but they are easily at their most dissonant since Earth 2. They definitely recall the gloominess of Black Sabbath, but at the same time the way they execute the atmosphere is completely different than anything Sabbath ever did. On “There Is a Serpent Coming” for instance, the whole song has a surprisingly poppy structure for Earth complete with choruses, verses, an intro, and Mark Lanegan’s vocals that bring back the atmosphere of a western storyteller. If you ever thought Earth couldn’t write a more traditional drone-rock type song, this album will prove you wrong.

Truthfully, this is the best reunion album Earth have done so far. They sound completely comfortable with their sound at this point, but they are still evolving at a rapid rate. By culminating all of their releases into one, whilst pushing the boundaries of what a drone band can do, they’ve simultaneously crafted their most satisfying work yet. The repetition is always going to turn people off that simply don’t understand drone or ambient music, but this is the closest since Pentastar that they have come to writing straightforward metal. But, even with the more traditional song structures, this is still quite similar to their other reunion releases. Don’t expect another Angels of Darkness or Hex though, Earth are yet again entering a new chapter.



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BMDrummer
September 2nd 2014


12645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

came out today, loving this release so far. feedback welcome as always

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2014


3420 Comments


sweet review BM, keep em coming

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
September 2nd 2014


4260 Comments


Never heard of these guys. Might check. Nice review btw

laughingman22
September 2nd 2014


2267 Comments


cool

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2014


6727 Comments


Album stream: http://earthsl.bandcamp.com/album/primitive-and-deadly

Good review, pos.

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BMDrummer
September 2nd 2014


12645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh yeah forgot to put that, thanks though

demigod!
September 2nd 2014


47076 Comments


good review, need to check this out asap

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Supercoolguy64
September 2nd 2014


5512 Comments


That's a cool cover

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emester
September 2nd 2014


5952 Comments


Nice review man.
Checked this earlier last week. Pretty good stuff

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Let
September 2nd 2014


1491 Comments


I'll probly give this a spin soon, considering I dig Boris and I've been neglecting to check these guys out. Decent review, but it seems to be lacking in substance. Won't pos or neg.

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EasyModeDX
September 2nd 2014


137 Comments


I really need to check these guys' material since they've been on my radar but for some reason haven't tried them out.

RosaParks
September 2nd 2014


16295 Comments


bet this fucking rules

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icatchthirtythree
September 2nd 2014


460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's really good. love that they brought back the heaviness while still keeping a similar feel to their recent work. vocals are taking a bit to get used to but they've already grown on me as well

Frippertronics
September 2nd 2014


5113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

atta boy

BMDrummer
September 2nd 2014


12645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

trying to get some new releases lately, as well as reviewing my old stuff

Inveigh
September 2nd 2014


25547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoa need this now. nice review man, from your take it sounds like they took this album precisely in the direction i was hoping

ShadowRemains
September 2nd 2014


22455 Comments


that cover is all kinds of awesome

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jtswope
September 2nd 2014


2826 Comments


Dying to check this.

Frippertronics
September 2nd 2014


5113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Bretty gud so far, around the 4-4.3 range.

SCREAM!
September 3rd 2014


11171 Comments


While it definitely culminates every release they’ve done, there is a new atmosphere that Earth has never really used before. The biggest difference between this and their past releases would definitely lie in the more traditional structures that they’ve never really used before.


Other than this little nitpick, very nice review. Will have to check this out soon



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