|12-17-2011, 07:41 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2011
Earth "The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull" (2008)
The 5th studio effort by Seattle, Washington band Earth. Being one of the pioneers of the drone genre, Earth has not had to follow any suit or specific trends with their music. Bees made honey is a refreshing experimental drone album opening with one of Earths most intense build up songs Omens and Portents 1:The Driver. Dylan Carlson's guitar work on this album is absolutely beautiful and mystical. Their songs, although still drone, give me a similar feeling only compared to nostalgia. When listening to Bees made honey, and the songs roll off of each other with those monotonous, unforgiving, repeating guitar sequences, my mind has no choice but to travel out of it's usual shell and explore the realms of my own iniquity. Even as the album plays when I am writing this review I am finding it harder and harder to concentrate on my words as I find myself paying more and more attention to the incredible amount of musicianship it takes to play these songs. It's uncomfortably slow pace is something my ears are not used to hearing in toady's new music. Everything has to be fast and loud. Earth decided to keep the loud portion of that alive; except slow their songs down to a crawl. A crawl that slowly comes at you in three dimensions while you have no choice but to wait for the inevitable end.
The title track on this album The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull is a perfect example for how tight these musicians are. The keyboards playing softly and subtly behind the guitar, the slow rocking back and forth drum beat, the walking bass. Everything that is this song, is perfect, and executed perfectly. Around two and a half minutes into the song a screaming guitar enters the picture and a free flowing keyboard is heard in the background. It's these little hints of nonconformity in their music that make their repetitive albums so worth listening too.
This is an album needing to be listened too from the start of Omens and Portents 1:The Driver to the end of Junkyard Priest. I recommend this album to anybody who enjoys:
-laying in bed
and spacing out.