Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1
by Zac Boda
Where oh where to begin… This is tremendous! Part of me wants to leave this review at that statement, in fear that I cannot possibly do this album justice with my writing.
For those who are not aware of doom / drone genius Dylan Carlson and his creation Earth, you are in for a trip. I would suggest listening to this record and also picking up “The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull”. Angels of Dark, Demons of Light 1 is the beginning of a concept that will complete with Angels of Dark, Demons of Light 2 (most likely due out sometime next year). Dylan has added the dark and beautiful sounds of a cello played by Ms. Lori Goldston. This instrument accents the music so perfectly giving AoD, DoL 1 a deep and resonating sound.
The album begins with Old Black. A very western feeling tune that has a country twang to it. Old Black is followed up by Father Midnight and Decent to the Zenith. Zenith is an absolutely mesmerizing track bringing forth emotions of windswept solitude. Hell’s Winter’s riffs continue the march through the barren desert, one of my favorite pieces of AoD, DoL 1. Nothing can truly compare to the solitary confinement feeling that the title track leaves you with.
The artwork, the music, the emotion this record has created is astounding. To Dylan and the rest of Earth, we sincerely thank you here at Heavy Planet for blessing our ears with AoD, DoL 1.
There is no question about this one: 5 out of 5