This was inevitable. In a genre where everything was becoming more intense, the band who formed the genre and proceded to intensify it (therefore inspiring other acts to be more abrasive and shocking; see: Khanate, Khlyst) would have to change things up a bit without alienating fans. And boy how did Earth do that to the drone metal genre! Their combination of alternative country, jazz, and instrumetal is spot on, usually trafficking in sustained drones and atmospherics. It's not heavy nor gravely; it's delicate and enchanting. Similarly, it's eclectic and original, thus solidifying it as one of the last decade's best releases.