Unfortunately, Dylan Carlson will forever be remembered as the guy that bought Kurt Cobain the shotgun he used to blow his brains out. I say unfortunately because a) who wants to be remembered for that? and b) as guitarist for Earth, he was a major pioneer in the development of Drone Doom, quite possibly even creating the genre himself. Earths’ first album, Earth 2, is one of the most influential albums in the history of the genre, influencing bands such as Boris, Khanate, Eagle Twin, Burning Witch and Moss. Sunn O))) basically started as an Earth tribute band, their name being an obvious nod to Earth. Though still drone doom in nature due to the use of minimalism, repetition and slow tempos, their music today bears little resemblance to early recordings. Since the album “Hex” Earth have been moving towards a textured, earthy Americana sound with influences ranging from jazz to British folk-rock to the desert soundscapes of Ennio Morricone. On this album they’ve added cello, which adds another dimension of darkness and warmth to the music. It’s like listening to the soundtrack from a western in which the hero sells his soul to the devil.
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