Albums

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Metal - To be released August 2, 2019 | Sargent House

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Rock - Released June 18, 2019 | Sargent House

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Metal - Released June 6, 2019 | Sargent House

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Metal - Released May 24, 2019 | Sargent House

To mark Earth's 30th anniversary, guitarist Dylan Carlson, the project's sole constant member, comes nearly 360 degrees with Full Upon Her Burning Lips, the band's ninth studio album and first in five years. 2014's Primitive and Deadly marked the pinnacle of the arid, Americana-tinged sound Carlson and friends began carving with the previous decade's Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method. Paring down the band's lineup to just himself and longtime drummer Adrienne Davies, Carlson places his own focus on riff and rhythm over drone, which is not to say that he's left the latter behind. Far from it. What is different is the prominence of Davies' drums here, which previously held a subservient role in the articulation of Earth's music. Here they act as a proper foil for Carlson's glorious, hypnotic repetition delivering accents, fills, and even breaks and spiny shuffles as the guitarist explicates the hidden melodies inside the layered guitars and basses. Set-opener "Datura's Crimson Veils" commences with single notes and droning feedback before Davies enters; Carlson showcases the hub of the primal Black Sabbath-ian riff that he explicates throughout in unison with the drummer as subtle overtones, peals of feedback, and distortion project Earth's power and rawness for more than 12 minutes. "Cats on the Briar" is another rockist undertaking, but the snare and kick drum shuffle at its heart makes room for Carlson to highlight his melody as the riff. A stop-and-start pattern inserted into the framework of changes on "The Colour of Poison" contrasts deliciously with undulating waves of volume. "Descending Belladonna" is a circular cascade of notes that travel down the neck, with pauses for feedback, a brief cymbal or snare accent, and a low-tuned bass that creates a circular pulse. The M.O. on the nearly-13-minute "She Rides an Air of Malevolence" is to parse angular, psychedelic riffs that slowly envelop the listener. The shuffling drums add heft and authority to the layered guitar and basses. Davies' kit does takes a more backseat approach on the languid "Maiden’s Catafalque," with its undulating Americana phrasing and languorous syrup of delay that ultimately creates a seductive yet disquieting theme. "A Wretched Country of Dust" is a cinematically inspired, inverted processional with three harmonically interactive guitar melodies. Combined with Davies' kit, the layered harmonics open spaces and tensions inside the changes, offering the impression of a sunlit intro rather than a set closer. Full Upon Her Burning Lips is sumptuous, a return to basics informed by Earth's decade-and-a-half period of discovery. The album's impeccable balance of those poles places it among the band's finest recorded offerings. ~ Thom Jurek
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Metal - Released May 21, 2019 | Sargent House

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Metal - Released May 15, 2019 | Sargent House

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Metal - Released April 26, 2019 | Sargent House

The fifth full-length effort from the sludgy, but oh-so-melodious Puget Sound power trio, Noctiluca delivers the goods with a versatile ten-track set that plays fast and loose with heavy metal parameters. Named after bioluminescent marine algae that responds to stimuli -- it glows when it's turned on -- Helms Alee come out of the gate bucking with "Interachnid," a relentless bit of business that pits wailing post-rock guitar and seismic low end -- bassist Dana James' amp most definitely goes to 11 -- against a staccato dance-punk backbeat. Soaring just above the din are the sonically, but not emotionally disparate voices of James and drummer Hozoji Matheson-Margullis (all clarion clear) and guitarist Ben Verellen (all bestial might), who eke out some inventive overtones from their clean/scream partnership. The aptly named "Beat Up" follows suit, administering a continuous volley of haymakers, and a nice bit of major/minor guitar manipulation -- "Play Dead" presents itself as similarly unrelenting, before unveiling its soaring, harmony-laden back half. Helms Alee have always managed to coax multitudes of sound from their limited setup, but late-album gems like the cavernous "Spider Jar" and the shoegaze-y wonder of "Pandemic" feel downright stadium-sized in their aural ambitions -- they also sound like they were shot through a wormhole from the mid-'90s. Produced with steely efficacy by Sam Bell (Minus the Bear, R.E.M., the Cars), the nine-track Noctiluca feels both streamlined and expansive, and is easily Helms Alee's most multi-faceted and majestic outing to date. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Metal - Released April 17, 2019 | Sargent House

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Metal - Released April 16, 2019 | Sargent House

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Hard Rock - Released April 10, 2019 | Sargent House

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 5, 2019 | Sargent House

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Rock - Released March 27, 2019 | Sargent House

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 20, 2019 | Sargent House

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Metal - Released March 6, 2019 | Sargent House

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Hard Rock - Released February 22, 2019 | Sargent House

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Metal - Released February 20, 2019 | Sargent House

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 19, 2019 | Sargent House

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 2, 2018 | Sargent House

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 26, 2018 | Sargent House

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 17, 2018 | Sargent House