Monday, 3 February 2014

Earth - Phase 3: Thrones And Dominions

'Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions'
Earth
1995

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Drone, Stoner/Doom Metal
For Fans Of: Om, Sunn O))), Melvins

Formed in the late 80s in Seattle, Earth is a quintessential- or even plausibly the quintessential drone band, which could be easily argued after hearing “Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions”. Sunn O))) have cited them as a major influence on their music and it's easy to see why with their repeated use of extremely slow, heavy guitars that demand to be blared at an extremely high volume (while you're also extremely high). However unlike their titan of drone metal influences, Earth comes at their flavour of drone from a much more melodic perspective, dishing out a rather clean brand of the genre with simplistic yet amazingly addictive riffs best exemplified in “Tibetan Quaaludes” and “Song 4”. Although this is only one side of Earth, after pressing further into the album on tracks like “Phase 3: Agni Detonating Over the That Desert...” and “Thrones and Dominions” it's much easier to see where Sunn O))) found their inspiration. All in all, Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions is a must for any self respecting drone, doom, or stoner metal fan.


TRACKLISTING:
1. Harvey
2. Tibetan Quaaludes
3. Lullaby (Take 2: How Dry I Am)
4. Song 4
5. Site Specific Carnivorous Occurrence
6. Phase 3: Agni Detonating Over The Thar Desert...
7. Thrones and Dominions
8. Song 6 (Chime)

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