AVANT METAL

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

Hi­ber­nac­u­lum Earth South­ern Lord/ Stomp AF­TER in­spir­ing a gen­er­a­tion of doom metal bands with his 1993 album Earth 2 , Dylan Carl­son has re- emerged from near ter­mi­nal nar­cotic ex­cess as an even more in­no­va­tive force. Her­alded by 2005’ s Hex: Or Print­ing in the In­fer­nal Method , Earth’s re­turn to form con­tin­ues with Hi­ber­nac­u­lum , a re- record­ing of three songs from pre­vi­ous re­leases and a reis­sue of a rare tour- only sin­gle. Yes, the pro­tracted min­i­mal­ist riffs re­main mono­lith­i­cally heavy and men­ac­ingly dark, but their rein­ter­pre­ta­tion with coun­try gothic fin­ger- pick­ing and the com­ple­ment of brass and key­boards breathes star­tling new life into th­ese in­stru­men­tals from the mid1990s. Al­though only 36 min­utes of mu­sic, ac­com­pa­ny­ing this re­lease is a DVD doc­u­ment­ing Earth’s 2006 tour of Europe. Made by Sel­don Hunt, Within the Drone con­tains en­gross­ing live footage of Earth play­ing as a quar­tet, as well as nu­mer­ous in­ter­views with Carl­son. His po­etic ex­pla­na­tions of his muse, and his post- re­hab re­la­tion­ship to the mu­sic busi­ness, con­firm the sin­cere artis­tic im­pe­tus be­hind this metal pi­o­neer.

Sean Rabin

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