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Sat Jun 14th, 2014

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  UTR Presents, Radio One and Mystery Girl proudly present:

From the USA drone & doom band


In the ‘90s, Seattle’s Earth released three landmark albums on Sub Pop Records that set the standard for drone metal. Taking their name from an early incarnation of Black Sabbath, Earth sought to distill rock music to its fundamentals, employing repetition, reverb and distortion to hypnotic effect. The group pioneered the brooding, minimalist aesthetic that went on to inspire a new wave of atmospheric experimental rock, including the likes of Sunn O))), Boris and Om. Their debut album EARTH 2, released in ’93 remains a milestone of their genre.

a three-track, 75 minute deluge of feedback and distorted guitars that marked the blueprint for what Dylan at the time coined ambient metal - Terrorizor

Earth 2 remains the document for drone-and doom-minded depressives.– Pitchfork

After an extended hiatus beginning in the late ‘90s, Earth’s only constant member Dylan Carlson revived the band and Earth reappeared in the early 2000’s bringing a transformation in sound. While still drone based, Earth now featured a drummer and strong elements of country music, while still retaining the continuity of their previous sound.

The three records that followed continued in the same vein, building layer upon layer of sonic sprawl, letting the space in between the notes speak as much as the music itself. Their 4th studio album Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method was their first for experimental heavy metal label Southern Lord - the group has stayed with the label since releasing their 5th, 6th and 7th studio albums. Now Earth are hard at work on an eighth studio album, but their legacy as innovators of post-rock, drone, doom and everything in between is firmly established.

Earth’s live show is like a religious awakening: cascading, hypnotic and utterly consuming. See them live in New Zealand on the following dates:

Dunedin - Thursday June 12th,Chicks, Port Chalmers
Wellington - Friday June 13th, Bodega
Auckland -Saturday June 14th, Kings Arms

Tickets on sale from / Cosmic Dunedin / RPM & Slowboat / Real Groovy Records / All Shows R18

alternative, art/noise, earth

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