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Earth
Bee Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
(Southern Lord)

Picture yourself on a motorcycle. You’re riding, low-slung, through the Mojave Desert locked in the draft of a semi-trailer down a one lane highway. The truck’s progress seems interminable to you. Periodically, you lean toward the shoulder of the road to try and pass the truck but it’s futile. You’ve traveled this road a thousand times and despite the fact that you know every pass, plateau and gully like the back of your hand, the anticipation is excruciating. The sun illuminates the expanse and every scaled creature in its path heads for cover. The soundtrack to your journey: The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull.

Like a Link Wray riff dialed down to 8 RPMs, the opening track lumbers forward. The drummer sticks to brushes and light taps as if he has just teleported out of a late night jazz club. The organist caulks the silence with deep swells but leaves a few cracks for the mystery to seep through. The guitars, polished to a Duane Eddy twang, weave through the desolation…meandering cautiously, as if it were a mine field. The second track lurches forward, downshifting to scale the hill. The guitars now sound like metal twisting under the impact of a collision but suspended in slow motion. Wavering tremolo heightens the ringing in your ears, nearly imperceptible until the final chord is allowed to fade. And so it goes.

Earth have created a simply beautiful, expansive instrumental record that unfolds at a breathtakingly languorous pace. Whereas our very own Meat Puppets epitomized the desert at dusk, Earth evokes the desert under the stark, unforgiving eye of the sun. It is simply mesmerizing and, of course, highly recommended.

— Jesse Srogoncik, April 16th, 2008

Discography
Earth — Extra-Capsular Extraction (Sub Pop, 1991)
Earth — Earth 2: Special Low-Frequency Version (Sub Pop, 1993)
Earth — Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions (Sub Pop,1995)
Earth — Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars (No Quarter, 1996)
Earth — Pentastar: In The Style of Demons (Sub Pop, 1996)
Earth — 070796 Live (Autofact Records, 2003)
Earth — Living in the Gleam of an Unsheathed Sword (Metal Blade/Troubleman Unlimited, 2005)
Earth — Legacy of Dissolution (No Quarter, 2005)
Earth — Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method (Southern Lord, 2005)
Earth — Live Hex: In a Large City in the North American Continent (Archive, 2005)
Earth — Live Europe (Southern Lord, 2006)
Earth — Hibernaculum (Southern Lord, 2007)
Earth — The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull (Southern Lord, 2008)


-Jesse


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