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AUTHOR & PUNISHER – Live Rituals To Commence Next Week In Tulsa, OK

Posted in drone metal, industrial metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 25, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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In just one week, AUTHOR & PUNISHER – one Tristan Shone – will embark upon a 19-date North American trek supporting Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals. Fittingly dubbed the Technicians Of Distortion Tour, the long-anticipated journey will commence July 31st in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Additional support will be provided by WARBEAST.

Comments Shone of the upcoming adventure: “I knew I had to step it up when Phil asked me to join this tour…the result is my most ambitious live undertaking. I have worked myself to a bloody pulp soldering, rewiring, building, to make things stronger, louder and more devastating.  I also am bringing a small team along with me as well to help with live video streaming, cameras etc.  This will for sure be a raucous affair not to be missed….”

AUTHOR & PUNISHER mercilessly manipulate the principal conventions of doom, industrial and heavy bass music relying on cold steel and soulless machinery to sonically replicate the despondency of life. Described most succinctly as “industrial doom,” this one-man project utilizes primarily custom designed and fabricated machines and speakers, devices that draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics and focus upon the eroticism of interaction with machine. Through his maniacal audio decomposition, Shone paints an often disturbing soundtrack of a world gone rotten.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals - tour promo flyer - Summer 2013

AUTHOR & PUNISHER – Technicians of Distortion Tour 2013
w/ Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Warbeast
7/31/2013 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
8/02/2013 Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
8/03/2013 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
8/04/2013 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
8/05/2013 Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN*
8/06/2013 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
8/07/2013 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
8/09/2013 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
8/10/2013 Opera House – Toronto, ON
8/11/2013 The Monkey House – Winooski, VT*
8/13/2013 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
8/14 /2013 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
8/15/2013 Radio, Somerville, MA*
8/16/2013 Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
8/17/2013 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
8/18/2013 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
8/20/2013 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage – Atlanta, GA
8/22/2013 Tipitinas – New Orleans, LA
8/25/2013 The Complex – Glendale, CA*
 AUTHOR & PUNISHER only

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AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s latest long player, Women & Children, was unleashed via Seventh Rule Recordings last month and continues to raise the eyebrows of fans and critics alike for its cold, mechanical, inexplicably cathartic audio menace.

Women & Children is currently available via Seventh Rule Recordings. Order your copy at http://shop.seventhrule.com.

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CRITICAL PRAISE:

“…heavy and disturbing like a nightmare you suddenly wake from but aren’t quite sure you fully escaped…” – Metal Injection

“Shone’s apocalyptic noise blends elements of industrial, doom, and dubstep, and contorts that mass into some chilling, unrecognizable form…” – Stereogum

 “…a remarkably bleak and sinister record that explores the depressive and psychedelic in entirely new ways.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on AUTHOR & PUNISHER:

Facebook: Author & Punisher

http://www.authorandpunisher.com

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LONG LIVE AUTHOR & PUNISHER.

Stone.

UFOMAMMUT ‘Oro: Opus Primum’ – A Multi-Sound, Metal Mind Quest

Posted in doom metal, drone metal, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, progressive metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

UFOMAMMUT – Oro is the title for UFOMAMMUT’s latest work and encompasses ten (tracks) movements overall. To be released separately as two albums, the first is Oro: Opus Primum, which will be released April 17th, 2012, via Neurot Recordings. The second chapter of OroOpus Alter, will be released in September of 2012. This album’s press release states Both Oro chapters are to be interpreted as a “single track” (to make a long story short) due to the way in which the music was written and flows.

For anyone unfamiliar with UFOMAMMUT, this band can get quite deep with their album concepts. I will use this album’s press release quote to sum up what Oro is conveying conceptually. Believe me, I would never be aware of this album’s concept from just listening to the music itself. Who could? Here it is:

“As with all previous UFOMAMMUT albums, the concepts behind Oro are expansive and multi-faceted, mutating the Italian palindrome which translates to “gold” with the Latin translation of “I prey.” Oro explores the concept of knowledge and its power; the magical stream controlled by the human mind to gain control of every single particle of the World surrounding us. Oro is the alchemical process to transform the human fears into pure essence; into Gold”.

Here is my honest interpretation of Oro: Opus Primum, based on the music, Metal and sounds I’ve taken in. Please note, all five (songs) movements are instrumentals:

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EMPIREUM opens Oro: Opus Primum and swirls its ambient vibrations of spacey progressiveness throughout my thoughts. It’s Pink Floyd meets a psychotic thriller soundtrack. While building up its thick temp, the Doom atmosphere picks up mid-way through EMPIREUM, without losing grip on its creepy sound scape. I can get really, really lost in this opening track and love every second of it. At nearly 14 minutes long, EMPIREUM ends with a subdued atmosphere of sound, bringing about a melancholy affect upon me which I easily embrace.

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AUREUM – Opens with a more crunchy guitar sound and the Metal has arrived. The drum beats and bass lines are heavier and very distinct. With a copious backdrop of synthetic sounds, AUREUM flows along like strong river rapids, only these rapids are controlled with musical precision. The overall Metal wall of sound is worthy to bang your head to while throwing down some cold brews in the process. At 12:28 long, could this be Psychedelic Metal at it’s finest? It surely can be interpreted that way by me.

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INFEARNATURAL – Begins with an epic-like feel with its off in the distance chorus. There is plenty of Metal stomp, with chunky Doom laden guitar that never ceases throughout. Synth layers are aplenty, with more unique sounds than my ears can grasp, even after multiple listen-throughs. There are remote-like spoken words that are both audible and inaudible. Overall, this is a multi-layered movement that I found captivating and its strong Metal personality wins the day. At 7:26 this is the shortest movement on this album.

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MAGICKON – This is by far the “foreboding entry” amongst these five movements I’ve listened to on Oro: Opus Primum. I just get that overall dark and cavernous vibe from MAGICKON. Doom, Doom, Doom and Doom again. MAGICKON just throws that Doom hammer down and covers me over in its heavy Doom blanket of sound. MAGICKON plays out at 7:57 long.

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MINDOMINE – The tempo and repetitions of MINDOMINE could be considered by some as Drone Metal. With Doom riffs and distant screams ever the continuum, this movement can produce some chills. It’s a fine-line trying to consider some of these distant screams as being nearly “tribal-like” chants. An eerie ending to this first chapter of Oro is MINDOMINE. Picture yourself floating in outer-space (thanks to the synths) while the skull melting sounds of Drone and Doom Metal encircle your senses. Clocking in at 9:18, that’s MINDOMINE.

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Musically complex, while consistently maintaining a Metal feel and vibe throughout its totality of sound, Oro: Opus Primum has allowed me to open my own mind to its world of unique sounds. Richly textured and layered, there is no doubt, that with each synth sound, drum beat or note, it all opens the doors to a vast wealth of other audible vibrations. Weaving itself through the Doom, Drone, Progressive, Psychedelic and Ambient Metal genres, Oro: Opus Primum is both a listening experience and Metal mind quest.

UFOMAMMUT:

Poia – guitars and effect

Urlo – bass, vocals and synths

Vita – drums

Ciccio – soundlord

Lu – visuals

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For more info on UFOMAMMUT, click on the links below:

http://www.ufomammut.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/UFOMAMMUT/83336386071

http://www.neurotrecordings.com

LONG LIVE UFOMAMMUT.

Stone.

EARTH: Spin Magazine Premieres New Track From Contemporary Legends

Posted in drone metal, drone rock, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Following the release of EARTH‘s praised Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I, released by Southern Lord in February 2011, the public’s first chance to hear a number from the 2nd installment of the series has arrived.

While conceived in the same sessions as the first installment, recorded by Stuart Hallerman at Avast and mastered by Mell Detmer, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II invokes even more improvisational and unrestrained energy than its predecessor. Traces of this progression are evident in the track “His Teeth Did Brightly Shine”, the second song from the upcoming album as premiered worldwide on January 11th, 2012 by Spin Magazine, click: at this location.

Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II will be released by Southern Lord in North America on February 14th via CD, 2xLP and digital download.

EARTH:

Adrienne Davies – trap kit and percussives


Dylan Carlson – electric guitar and devices 


Lori Goldston – cello and devices


Karl Blau – electric bass guitar

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on EARTH, click on the links below:

http://www.thronesanddominions.com

http://www.facebook.com/thronesanddominions?ref=ts

http://www.southernlord.com

LONG LIVE EARTH.

Stone.

EARTH – Announce New Album Details

Posted in drone metal, drone rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

The second half of Seattle drone icons EARTH‘s Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light is being prepared for release on Southern Lord in North America this February 14th on CD, LP and digital download formats.

Recorded in the same two-week session as 2011’s lauded Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I by Stuart Hallerman at Avast and mastered by Mell Detmer, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II carries on in the freely and folkloric vein of the last release and invokes even more improvisational and unrestrained energy than its predecessor.

Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II is striking in many ways, not least in the wildly improvised nature of this particular recording. The songs “Sigil Of Brass” and “The Corascene Dog” perfectly emphasize how the interplay between the foursome has evolved even further since the first installment. Meanwhile, the track “His Teeth Did Brightly Shine” veers further into an entirely other direction, recalling sounds of the great British Acid Folk generation. This new material brings forth some highly original and deeply mesmerizing tones throughout, at times more hopeful and less dark and death oriented than previous work. Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II is ultimately a completely unanticipated direction for EARTH, and a very welcome one at that.

The line-up again consists of Dylan Carlson on guitar, Adrienne Davies on drums and percussion (on this release there is more percussion of all sorts), Lori Goldston (Nirvana, David Byrne, Black Cat Orchestra, Laura Veirs) returns on cello, and Karl Blau (K Records, Laura Veirs, Microphones) plays bass. This also marks the first time the band on the record has toured outside of the US West Coast in preparation for the album. As with the first part, it again has truly amazing artwork by Stacey Rozich. View the cover art and more at this location.

(Source: Earsplit PR)

Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II – Track Listing:

Sigil of Brass

His Teeth Did Brightly Shine

Multiplicity of Doors

The Corascene Dog

The Rakehell 

* For more info on EARTH, click on the links below:

http://www.thronesanddominions.com

http://www.facebook.com/thronesanddominions?ref=ts

http://www.southernlord.com

LONG LIVE EARTH.

Stone.

EARTH: While On West Coast Tour, Band Confirms New Southeast Tour Dates

Posted in doom metal, drone metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Seattle’s EARTH simply will not quit touring this year! In their constant and ongoing world tour in support of their newest full-length, Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1, the band have just confirmed more upcoming live performances!

Only a month after their currently ongoing West Coast American tour will come to an end, EARTH will be back onto the road again, this time hitting the Southeast United States. Based around their appearance at Raleigh, North Carolina’s annual Hopscotch Music Festival, EARTH will again find themselves performing in some of the locales that inspired EARTH‘s very existence. For these appearances they will bring Dark Folk outfit Mount Eerie in tow with them.

EARTH – Confirmed Live Appearances:

*ONGOING West Coast U.S. Tour:

7/21/2011 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets

7/22/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Whirr

7/23/2011 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets [info]

7/24/2011 Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets

8/02/2011 Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Tiny Vipers

8/05/2011 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA w/ The Narrows, Cold Lake

*NEW Southeast U.S. Late Summer Tour:

9/08/2011 Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC w/ Mount Eerie

9/09/2011 Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC [info]

9/10/2011 Caledonia – Atlanta, GA w/ Mount Eerie

9/11/2011 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Mount Eerie

9/12/2011 Flying Monkey Arts – Huntsville, AL w/ Mount Eerie

9/13/2011 Bottletree – Birmingham, AL w/ Mount Eerie

9/14/2011 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA w/ Mount Eerie

9/16/2011 Hi Tone Café – Memphis, TN w/ Mount Eerie

9/17/2011 The End – Nashville, TN w/ Mount Eerie

10/02/2011 I’ll Be Your Mirror, curated by Portishead & ATP – Asbury Park, NJ [info]

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on EARTH, click on the links below:

http://www.thronesanddominions.com

http://www.southernlord.com

LONG LIVE EARTH.

Stone.

EARTH – Prepare To Embark On West Coast U.S. Tour Next Week

Posted in concerts, doom metal, drone metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

EARTH – Following their recent successful East Coast and Midwest U.S. tour, in support of their latest full-length, Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1, Seattle’s EARTH are preparing to take to the streets once again next week. This time they’ll be hitting the American West Coast, bringing Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets as direct support on all nine dates, and including special guests Wyrd Visions, Whirr and Tiny Vipers on several shows. The tour is based around EARTH‘s performance at Washington’s What The Heck? Fest next weekend, where they’ll perform alongside Thrones, Ô Paon, Mount Eerie, Karl Blau, Liturgy, Angelo Spencer & Les Haut Sommets, Wyrd Visions and many more.

Following the Summer touring schedule, EARTH will perform at Raleigh, North Carolina’s annual Hopscotch Festival in early September, the fest showcasing over 150 diverse musical acts over three days including Coliseum, Drive-By Truckers, Guided by Voices, Horseback, J Mascis, Krallice, Mount Eerie, Oxbow, Rhys Chatham, Swans, The Body, The Flaming Lips and so on. EARTH are also scheduled as a main performer at the upcoming All Tomorrow’s Parties presents I’ll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, New Jersey this October, the event curated by Portishead, and the massive three-day lineup including Mogwai, Battles, Deerhoof, Portishead, Swans, Shellac and more.

EARTH Confirmed Summer Performances:

West Coast Tour July 2011:
7/13/2011 Doug Fir – Portland, OR w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Wyrd Visions
7/14/2011 The Northern – Olympia, WA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Wyrd Visions
7/16/2011 Port Warehouse – Anacortes, WA @ What The Heck? Fest [info]
7/21/2011 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets
7/22/2011 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Whirr
7/23/2011 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets [info]
7/24/2011 Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets
8/02/2011 Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA w/ Angelo Spencer et Les Hauts Sommets, Tiny Vipers
8/05/2011 The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA w/ The Narrows, Cold Lake

9/09/11 Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC [info]

10/02/2011 I’ll Be Your Mirror, curated by Portishead & ATP – Asbury Park, NJ [info]

(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info on EARTH, click on the links below:

http://www.thronesanddominions.com

http://www.myspace.com/earthofficial

http://www.southernlord.com

LONG LIVE EARTH.

Stone.

EARTH – 2011 American Tour & Festival Update

Posted in concerts, doom metal, drone metal, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

(Dylan Carlson/guitarist & founding member)

American Drone heroes EARTH yesterday completed their five-week European tour with support from Sabbath Assembly, the successful venture coming to a smashing close in Brugge, Holland.

EARTH are now headed back to Washington to rest up for a few weeks, and prepare for the next leg of their Angels Of Darkness, Demos Of Light 1 Tour. Embarking in early June, EARTH will perform for twelve cities throughout the Midwest and Northeast U.S., bringing Ô Paon along for the ride.

The band will not sit around long after, as EARTH are currently plotting upcoming West Coast and Southeast U.S. tours for the Summer months, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Other confirmed American festival appearances for EARTH in the months ahead include What The Heck? Fest, in their home state of Washington this July, joined by Liturgy, Mount Eerie, Ô Paon, Thrones and many more. EARTH are also confirmed to perform at Hopscotch Music Festival, in Raleigh, North Carolina alongside The Flaming Lips, Swans, Rhys Chatham and countless other acts. In October, EARTH will return to the East Coast where they’ve been invited to take part in I’ll Be Your Mirror, curated by Portishead & ATP America, appearing at the massive festival with Swans, Mogwai, Shellac and dozens more.

(Adrienne Davies/drums & percussion)

Midwest/East Coast American Tour:

6/08/2011 Mayne Stage – Chicago, IL w/ Ô Paon

6/09/2011 Mad Planet – Milwaukee, WI w/ Ô Paon

6/10/2011 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI w/ Ô Paon, Isosceles Mountain

6/11/2011 The Strutt – Kalamazoo, MI w/ Ô Paon

6/12/2011 Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Ô Paon

6/13/2011 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ô Paon

6/14/2011 Wadsworth Atheneum – Hartford, CT w/ Ô Paon

6/15/2011 Middle East Downstairs – Boston, MA w/ Ô Paon

6/16/2011 Le Poisson Rouge – New York City, NY w/ Ô Paon

6/17/2011 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Ô Paon

6/18/2011 Braddock Carnegie Library – Braddock, PA w/ Ô Paon

6/19/2011 The Historic Southgate House – Newport, KY w/ Ô Paon

7/16/2011 What the Heck Fest – Anacortes, WA [info]

9/09/11 Hopscotch Music Festival – Raleigh, NC [info]

10/02/2011 I’ll Be Your Mirror, curated by Portishead & ATP – Asbury Park, NJ [info]
(Source: EarsplitPR)
* For more info on EARTH, click on the links below:

LONG LIVE EARTH.

Stone.

Earth – A Metal Odyssey Interview With Adrienne Davies

Posted in avant-garde music, doom metal, drone metal, experimental music, experimental rock, interviews, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music interviews, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ADRIENNE DAVIES OF EARTH – When a band can stop you in your tracks by making you slow down and think about their music, that respective band is standing out amongst the crowd. Step in… Earth. This is not a Doom Metal band that is going to thunder stump their songs through live sets, nor are they about churning out songs for wide-spread commercial consumption. Instead, Earth is a band that is representative of their music and shows respect for song, putting forth awareness to the brilliance of experimental, drone and Doom Rock. With an existence that encompasses over twenty years and six albums, founding member, songwriter and guitarist Dylan Carlson has crafted Earth into a non-conforming band of widely respected musicians.

One of these skilled musicians is Adrienne Davies, the drummer and percussionist that has been a focal point of Earth for ten years and counting. With the current release of their newest studio album, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I (Southern Lord Records) on February 22, 2011, Earth has only strengthened their respect among the Rock Music community for their unique style and sound. The repetitive beats and drone tempo, combined with the atmospheric tones of Earth can lead the listener to wherever place they can imagine or want to be. That’s what I embrace most strongly about the music of Earth… and this band takes you on a slow ride, cause sometimes I like to take it easy.

Adrienne Davies took the time recently to talk about Earth’s new album, how their songs come together, drumming, Earth’s diversity album to album, her fellow band members and even Slayer. Soft spoken, polite and as friendly as a favorite cousin, Adrienne was a true delight to interview. The love she has for music, Earth and Dylan Carlson flowed from her answers with ease… and Adrienne presented herself with a trueness that I can absolutely respect. Here is what Adrienne had to say:

Stone: Organic, atmospheric, experimental, drone and Doom Metal are styles used to describe the music of Earth. What is your interpretation of Earth’s sound?

Adrienne: It’s more intricate than it seems. Earth has been around for over twenty years, I’ve been in the band for ten years. You have to look at this band’s history, album to album. The first few were specifically Heavy Doom or had Metal bass lines to everything. “Hex” (from 2005) was a very strategic departure from heavy for heavy sakes. The trombone (played by Steve Moore) gave a western soundtrack feel of “Hex”. I’ve learned, melodies that are least contrived can be the most dark than most of them. Our new album is organic with an English Folk vibe to it. This album centers around drone and repetition, it has a soothing quality.

Stone: In your own view, who really are the “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light”?

Adrienne: Dylan (Carlson) has credit to that title! Conceptually, this album title can represent crazy, old Medieval magic from years past. Musically, we’re simplifying and letting open spaces fill. We (Dylan and I) have no computers or cell phones, we’re stepping away from technology and going back to times when things were simpler. It’s like being the park in the middle of the city.

Stone: In the event Earth’s new album was to have been named after a country, which one would it be and why?

Adrienne: Album wise, “Hex” was very much Native American, with an Idaho, Montana and West Coast Indian vibe. I’m gonna take it literally and go with Old England, somewhere towards Wales, with grassy knolls and cottages. I like old throwback English Folk bands, the fairy tales and magic of all that.

Stone: You would certainly like living in Northern New England then. Vermont, New Hampshire, rural Massachusetts and Maine pretty much are this country’s representation of Old England.

Adrienne: You know, I never thought about that and you are right! New England can resemble Old England in ways.

Stone: Can you describe what it’s like during a brainstorm session with your band mates?

Adrienne: Generally, the last two albums, especially this one, we brainstormed. We come up with riffs and song structures. We want to leave some parts as improv. The drums and guitars are the anchor of our songs of where we want to go. We’ll pull in the cello, along with counter lead melody instruments that are essential to our lineup, the Wurlitzer, trombone and pedal steel.

Stone: How far has Earth come to creating their ultimate signature album with “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I”?

Adrienne: Well, let’s see, it’s never what you think it is. It’s in the ear of the beholder. We try to leave it up to other people to decide. What I’m comfy about with this new album, is it’s a new direction for us in many ways. The studio has always been about obsessive perfection and moments of release. This time we were carefree, very creative and able to improvise. Creating this new album was obstruction free and the best time ever for us in the studio. Our songs get a little slower live, so most of these songs represent what Earth is about live. We seemed to capture what we do with our live shows on this new album.

Stone: It’s interesting that your songs get played slower live.

Adrienne: Our songs change dramatically live!

Stone: Is the band collectively on the same page when it comes to other musical influences and musical interests?

Adrienne: When your stuck on tour with the same band and don’t kill each other, you have commonalities! We have a kaleidoscope to draw from with influences. Lori (Goldston) can play cello with an avant-garde and experimental style, making it sound like an electrical instrument, it’s like having a second guitar in the band. Karl (Blau) has a Rhythm and Blues feel with his bass. We take all these influences, put them together and hopefully get the result we are looking for.

Stone: How would you describe contemporary music to a visitor from another world?

Adrienne: (laughs) Contemporary good or bad music?

Stone: I’m glad you said that!

Adrienne: I’m not a fan of current contemporary music. VH1 and MTV are beyond un-listenable and it’s poisoning the ears of people who listen to this music. I would compare it to alphabet soup, with too many letters that are all broken.

Stone: If you could listen to just one Metal band while being stranded on an island, what band would it be?

Adrienne: Deep Purple is okay. If it’s only one Metal band, can I have all their albums?

Stone: Well, alright.

Adrienne: It would be Slayer! Slayer for certain. They are and always have been my Metal band! I like my share of Metal, it’s always in my heart.

Stone: When were you first exposed to playing drums or any instrument for that matter?

Adrienne: I came from a music oriented family. My mom had a band and came from a German family of musicians. I grew up the only girl with four brothers, one brother and three step-brothers. I first started playing drums in my fifth grade school band. At this same time of year, I was given a sixties Ludwig set of drums, a blue oyster color that was not in the best of shape. I fought my brothers off of it! I was happy that I didn’t play the flute, just because I’m a female. I did play guitar for awhile. I’ve become more serious in terms of drums, percussion and rhythm in the last eight years.

Stone: Well, you have certainly represented yourself quite well with drumming for Earth.

Adrienne: Thank you. To this day, there are not a lot of female drummers. Only recently there has been a burst  of females playing drums. There’s no real role models for female drummers to look up to and we don’t get the respect of our male peers in the drum world.

Stone: That’s a shame, really.

Adrienne: It’s a notion that the best drummers out there play two hundred beats per minute and twenty minute solo’s. It’s really the musicianship that’s essential to being a good drummer. On the other hand, with guitar and Metal, speed is equated to technical proficiency with artistry. It’s what I don’t play and knowing what not to fill a song with, having a less is always more approach for drums and percussion that represents my style. I like to make it dramatic, rather than pummel a song to death. I want to play the technical side of drums, while always serving the music.

Stone: What does the touring schedule look like for Earth in 2011?

Adrienne: We’re looking at six weeks in Europe, then having a month off. Then it’s off to Mexico City, we’ll then hit the U.S. West Coast, down to the Southeast and head up to the Northeast U.S. in the Fall and end of year. The dates and venues are to be determined. We’ll be playing clubs. Who can fill arena’s anymore?

Stone: It’s an entirely different climate now for bands to play arena’s.

Adrienne: It sure is. Even with Ireland’s bad economy, touring Ireland didn’t affect our ticket sales. The big bands are really hurting for record and concert sales.

Stone: Will there ever be a female President of the United States in your lifetime? If so, who would you want it to be?

Adrienne: I’m at a loss on that one, yikes! Can I nominate a non-politician?

Stone: Of course!

Adrienne: Chrissie Hynde.

Stone: Cool choice.

Adrienne: (laughs) Very darn close to Hillary Clinton huh? Not that she (Chrissie Hynde) would want this to happen. She comes from a working class background. She could stand up to the big boys. Chrissie would do a real good job in The White House.

Stone: What are the events that take place or need to happen, for npr (National Public Radio) to stream “Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I” in it’s entirety for fans to hear free, like they did?

Adrienne: It’s almost a mystery to me! We’re incredibly grateful, npr goes back to “Hex”, they were really behind us with our music and pushing that album as well. It’s great, it’s awesome! I can’t comprehend how big it all really is. On “Bees” (The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull) we had a guest musician, a Jazz guitarist named Bill Frisell who had an audience bigger than we’re used to having. I think maybe through his connection npr picked us up. iTunes are going to be doing a sale two weeks before our new album is released, they’re putting it on their Rock page! We’re honored by that.

Stone: That is just fantastic and well deserved, with all of the attention your new album is receiving.

Adrienne: Thank you. There’s so many bands and so many choices out there. Many are here today and gone tomorrow. We’ve been lucky. I’ve known Dylan (Carlson) for half of my life, he’s got crazy bizarre talent! Dylan has been around and making music for over twenty years and I thank my lucky stars everyday that he’s my man.

* For more info on EARTH, just click the link below:

Thrones And Dominions.com – EARTH

LONG LIVE EARTH.

Stone.

EARTH’s Entire New Album Streaming On NPR Until February 7th, 2011!

Posted in avant-garde music, drone metal, hard rock music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1, the latest organic opus from EARTH, is now streaming in its entirety as an NPR “Exclusive First Listen.” Click here to check out the whole album, where it will stream for free until February 7th.

Set for release on February 22nd, once again for Southern Lord Recordings, Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1 represents yet another new chapter in the EARTH lineage, as the band continues to expand their trademark slow-morphing drone a bit beyond the realms they’ve explored on their last handful of releases and recent years of touring, and continuing to reproduce continually inspiring music as they have with every recording to date.

EARTH have also announced an official hometown record release show for Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1, scheduled for March 3rd at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle.

EARTH Record Release Show:

3/3/2011 The Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA w/ Mount Eerie, Low Hums

LONG LIVE EARTH.

Stone.

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