Earth is guitarist-composer-conceptualist Dylan Carlson with subsidiary musicians, like a sun with three tiny planets orbiting. In 1991 he changed heavy metal by reconceptualising it, filtering it through minimalism; he made it food for thought instead of headbanging. After nine years off, he returned in 2005, altered but undeterred in minimalism.
Angels of Darkness is Earth’s fourth post-break album and change continues, very slowly, like the music. Textures – its essence – formerly derived from sheer volume are now constructed from more sources. Metal riffs have gradually morphed into blues lines.
The addition of cellist Lori Goldston replacing organ-horn player Steve Moore is significant: he augmented; she adds. New bassist Karl Blau is a stronger flavour in the recipe. Earth music is like evolution: minutely slow, deeply fascinating to watch.
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II release date: Feb 13, 2011