Founded in 1989 by Dylan Carlson, Earth took its name from the original moniker of Black Sabbath. And that's entirely appropriate, seeing as how Earth is one of the pioneers of droning doom metal. Saint Vitus and Sleep were a direct influence on stoner rock, but Earth was a primary influence on the likes of SunnO))), Kevin Drumm and what Justin Broadrick has done with Jesu. From the mid-'90s until about 2005, Carlson more or less took time off from music to battle the trespasses of his personal demons, but since then, Earth has been releasing some of the most beautifully sprawling records in the genre to date, including its latest, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II. It's rare that this band tours, so fans of ambient metal should definitely not miss this one.


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