Earth Announces New Zealand Tour

Monday 12 May 2014

Earth Announces New Zealand Tour

Seattle drone metal band Earth are returning to New Zealand this June for a series of shows.

The band will be performing in DunedinWellington and Auckland.

In the ‘90s, Earth released three landmark albums on Sub Pop Records that set the standard for drone metal and its influence has rippled through the 'atmospheric rock music' genre, inspiring the likes of Sunn O))), Boris and Om.  

Earth were last in New Zealand in 2012 in support of Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II, their seventh studio album. While there is no release date for a new album yet, they will be testing new material on New Zealand audiences.

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Undertheradar.co.nz, Radio One and Mystery Girl proudly present:

From the USA drone & doom band:

Earth - New Zealand tour

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.