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Earth : Phase 3: Thrones And Dominions

While Earth's early works explored the simulation of earthquakes, gravity forces and the weight of a million elephants sitting on your shoulders, 'Phase 3...' finds the band with a new obsession: the simulation of winds. This results in a less heavy, but more atmospheric and laid back album. While 'Earth 2' left the listener with the feeling of being crushed by the revenge of the planet, which uses its gravity forces to make us pay for our incessant abuse of its resources, this album appears to be the other side of the coin, showing the enormous healing powers of the earth, as if one thousand winds are massaging your back at once.

The relaxing riffs are more 'Sabbath influenced than ever. Dry and yet ethereal, they mumble you to sleep. Here and there we see some signs of experimentation, like f.i. the introduction of some drums and acoustic guitars, but Earth is an experimental band by its own nature, so this shouldn't be a big surprise.

It's possible that some freaks of crushing heaviness and unrelenting minimalism who hailed Earth's early works enthousiastically, shall be disappointed by this release. But if you are in search for an album which is able to cure your insomnia (without ever sounding annoying or irritatingly boring), you need no look any further. However, this work leaves me with another problem: how to label the relaxing semi-drone sound of this album? Perhaps the term 'tranquillity drone' could be an apt description…

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Harvey
2. Tibetan Quaaludes
3. Lullaby (take 2 : how dry I am)
4. Song 4
5. Site specific carniverous occurrence
6. Phase 3: Agni detonating over the Thar Desert…
7. Thrones and dominions
8. Song 6 (chime)

Duration : Approx. 55 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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