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Earth : Extra-Capsular Extraction

Whilst 'Earth 2' is considered Earth's greatest hour, on this debut, we see the beginnings of a band destined to become infamous for many reasons, most not related to music! Whilst on later releases Earth became known for its drum-less, vocal-less, droning style of riff-doom, on this release, whilst still droning away, they sound more like a "band" as we know it. There are drums and some vocals, albeit merely serving as a backdrop to the ever droning guitar and bass (bass and percussion on this album is handled by Joe Preston, later of Melvins, and his solo project Thrones).

'Extra-Capsular Extraction' has been described as "avant-garde grunge", and indeed the song structures and guitar sound, do take much from this Seattle based musical style. But Earth are truly a doom band. The oppressive and repetitive nature of the three tracks make you think of the world at its end, the inevitability of doom itself. But the songs are so long, the drone so pervading, that you feel as if that doom will never arrive. Imagine early Black Sabbath without Ozzy, played at 1/10th the speed, with a dash of Nirvana's 'Bleach' album (also slowed way down) and you will be close to the 'Extra-Capsular Extraction' sound.

This album was long considered a holy grail amongst doomsters and grunge lovers alike, as it was deleted in the mid 1990's. Now, thanks to Sub Pop, it has been re-released, and is available for ears the world over. Now there is no excuse not to add this seminal doom release to your collection.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A Bureaucratic Desire for Revenge Part 1
2. A Bureaucratic Desire for Revenge Part 2
3. Ouroboros is Broken

Duration : Approx. 32 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Mark Bodossian
Forever Autumn
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