Earth- Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II (2012)

I have been complaining the quality and quantity of this summer’s new albums, but I just now noticed that Earth put out a new album in February on Southern Lord Records, so I have to check it out since I was complaining.
Earth has been around since 1990 playing down-tuned sludge/doom/drone… sort of, their sound has progressed over time and drug addictions changing with every album, possessing their distinct “Earth” sound, but moving around from sludge and doom and metal to radio-pop and drone dominating different releases. A post metal/ post rock sound are apparent in this album, which I didn’t like real well at first, but after listening to it again it is growing on me.
Earth is a band that is a bit timeless, with a sound that isn’t tied to an era but rather a mind-set, like the Violent Femmes and how their music speaks to 15 year olds, Earth has a mellow quality that speaks to burn outs in their twenties and thirties.
This album is the second in a two part series, the first being released last year, which brings up the question about why everyone is putting out these mulit-part albums? Bunt Aus Nord did the same thing (with their third part being released later this month I think) and a few others I believe. It seems like one album dominates and the others are more or less filler material. Weird. Anyway, I am going to do a post next week about the first part and of the series overall.
Maybe I will understand the whole series thing after I listen to the first, I don’t know. I also saw The Two Towers first, then Return of the King, so I guess I have a habit of doing things BassAckwards so whatevesies. Speaking of which the first YouTube video is from one of their older albums and the one below is from this year’s album. (I like the first one better that’s why it is on top)