It might be tempting to dismiss Angels of Darkness (Earths new full length) as a showcase for one of the electric guitar's best craftsman. Carlson's finesse, after all, has never been better than on these five tracks. A master of tone with an ear for clarity and subtlety, he makes his rests as evocative as the notes themselves. And given the band's recent, steady gestalt, it's also tempting to dismiss Angels of Darkness as just another new album from the second Earth-- you know, the quiet band that's metal only by legacy and label. This isn't a radical reinvention as much as it's a refinement; the backing band and its leader have never been better. But when has Earth's music not been about hard-fought rewards and slow revelations? In the 90s, Earth's heavy metal offered an escape, a massive shelter of volume and drone. But the intricacies of this Earth-- Carlson's harmonics and harmonies, Davies' careful builds, Blau's unexpected bass maneuvers, Goldston's adventurous versatility-- demand attention and immersion. That is, check in, not out, and you'll rarely hear four players with as much quiet command. - Pitchfork
Salt Lake City, UT's Eagle Twin pairs up vocalist/guitarist Gentry Densley (ex-Iceburn) with drummer Tyler Smith. The duo began working on their improbably bluesy and prog-infused style of sludgy death/doom in 2007 and quickly caught the attention of the Southern Lord label, leading to the release of their debut album, The Unkindness of Crows, in 2009. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
Steve Moore (aka Stebmo - b. Jan 9, 1976) is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Seattle, WA. Known as a pianist, with a love for wurlitzers, casiotones and bells, he is also a trombonist and composer. As a studio musician and sideman, he has a resume that reads like a cult top-10 list with artists as diverse as songwriter Sufjan Stevens, jazz hero Bill Frisell and black metal mavericks sunnO))).