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.