Earth Return with Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1

Earth Return with <i>Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1</i>
Revered as pioneers of the now incredibly popular droning doom metal sub-genre, Seattle, WA natives Earth have been kicking around the scene in some incarnation or other for well over 20 years. Apparently, they're showing no signs of -- pardon the pun -- slowing down either. Recent months have found them hard at work, striving to surpass the grandiose nature and repetitive drive of 2008 release The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull.

According to the band's current label home, Southern Lord Records, it's a feat they have recently accomplished. Hitting up Seattle's Avast Studios back in April and July of this past year, the group, composed of frontman Dylan Carlson, percussionist Adrienne Davies, bassist Karl Blau (yes, the K Records indie dude) and cellist Lori Goldston (who has put into with various legendary acts including Nirvana and David Byrne), blasted out five massive tracks with producer Stuart Hallerman (Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Built to Spill).

The resulting album, dubbed Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1, "promises to be a brand new entity within Earth's already-impressive and constantly progressing lineage," according to the press release, while "continuing to expand on the Americana themes represented on The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull and 2005's Hex (Or Printing the Infernal Method), taking their sound into broad new directions."

The press release goes on to pique curiosity by saying that with this sixth full-length, the band cite "inspiration from British folk rock bands the Pentangle and Fairport Convention, as well as North African Tuareg band Tinariwen this time around, while still maintaining the thunderous, organic heaviness of previous Earth releases."

Check out the gnarly cover work by Stacy Rozich above and the tracklist below. Unfortunately, there is no firm release date, with the label only saying the record is due out in February 2011.

Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1:

1. "Old Black"
2. "Father Midnight"
3. "Descent to the Zenith"
4. "Hell's Winter"
5. "Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1"