The progression from early Earth to modern Earth makes perfect sense, to me at least. Behind the change from dirty droning guitars to country doom, Earth retain a distinctive quality. The sound has changed, and the lineup has changed around Dylan Carlson, but the quality remains: a slow slow moving riff looping round and round, seemingly going nowhere, and catching you out when you start to think that. The riff is, and always has been, one of the keys to Earth. Where the early sound was as stripped down as possible, often solely consisting of a slow ultra-sparse grunge churn, modern Earth has started the process of building up again.
The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull, and Hex before it, has a much more detailed sound. Earth
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