Following months of buildup to the release of the Seattle outfit’s newest works, this week, Primitive And Deadly, the immense tenth album from EARTH, is officially available to the public worldwide. Additionally, having already toured Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe in advance of the LP’s release, the band embarks on their newest venture this week, bringing the album to American fans in conjunction with the release of the new album.
The New York Times today reviews Primitive And Deadly, issuing in part, “Now, EARTH is reconciling its two moods, rugged and contemplative, and doing something it hasn’t done since 1996: hire vocalists. Mark Lanegan, once of the Seattle band Screaming Trees, appears on a few tracks, sounding like dread and survival and the white blues; when he sings, you almost feel a crust forming. But the clear-voiced Rabia Shaheen Qazi, of the younger Seattle band Rose Windows, suggests something fresher on ‘From the Zodiacal Light,’ a long song at the record’s tasty heart, essentially a series of long approaches to beautiful choruses, with dark words and uplifting chord changes.” Pitchfork offers kudos to the album, stating, “Since the band’s reboot a decade ago, Dylan Carlson’s guitar has purred and glistened, cut free from the webs of feedback and distortion that made the earliest EARTH LPs cavernous and canonical. But he rumbles at the start here, caking Adrienne Davies’ steady meter with a burly, bristling tone,” and Drowned In Sound praises the album and band, with “Primitive and Deadly is the latest in a recent suite of triumphs – by this point EARTH are masters of their game, making music that’s bigger and more powerful than anything mere mortals should be able to create.”
Primitive And Deadly is out now via Southern Lord. The entire album is now streaming AT THIS LOCATION.
An extensive visual trailer for the album is also playing RIGHT HERE.
With their tours of Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe in support of Primitive And Deadly now behind them, this Thursday, September 4th sees EARTH is embarking on a month-long tour from September 4th through October 3rd, with direct support from dark folk act, King Dude. Expect a heavy amount of material from the new album to infiltrate their set each night.
EARTH US Tour w/ King Dude:
9/04/2014 Crocodile – Seattle, WA
9/06/2014 Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
9/07/2014 Doug Fir – Portland, OR
9/08/2014 Midtown Barfly – Sacramento, CA
9/09/2014 Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
9/10/2014 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
9/11/2014 Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA
9/12/2014 SD Music Thing Fest – San Diego, CA
9/13/2014 Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
9/14/2014 Sister – Albuquerque, NM
9/16/2014 Red 7 – Austin, TX
9/17/2014 Club Dada – Dallas, TX
9/18/2014 One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
9/19/2014 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
9/20/2014 Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC
9/21/2014 Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
9/23/2014 Great Scott – Allston, MA
9/24/2014 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
9/26/2014 Boot And Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
9/27/2014 Midpoint Music Fest – Cincinnati, OH
9/28/2014 Pygmalion, Music Fest – Urbana, IL
9/29/2014 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
9/30/2014 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
10/01/2014 Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
10/02/2014 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
10/03/2014 Neurolux – Boise, ID
Already a standout release in EARTH‘s already inspiring catalog, Primitive And Deadly was recorded at Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, California with each session preceded by hours of meditation in the vast desert, after which it was further explored, built upon and finalized by longtime collaborator Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Eagle Twin) at Avast back in Seattle. With some of the most massive and straightforward rock movements in the band’s lineage and featuring the first vocal contributions since their seminal 1996 Pentastar album, the slow-motion, organic dirges of founding guitarist Dylan Carlson and amazingly restrained percussion of his longtime cohort Adrienne Davies are here joined by bassist Bill Herzog (Sunn O))), Joel RL Phelps, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter), with additional guitar contributions from Brett Netson (Built To Spill, Caustic Resin) and Jodie Cox (Narrows). Rabia Shaheen Qazi of Rose Windows lends her angelic voice to the “From The Zodiacal Light,” “Rooks Across The Gate” and “There’s a Serpent Coming” feature evocative vocal contributions from Mark Lanegan previously of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, Mad Season and more.
“…the lengthy guitar epics that bookend this record, ‘Torn by the Fox of the Crescent Moon’ and ‘Badgers Bane,’ do constitute the heaviest EARTH has been consistently since reforming a decade ago.” – Wondering Sound
“…perfection arises to the forefront with Primitive and Deadly, easily the best album that Earth have released since The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull… Needless to say, Primitive and Deadly is a fantastic album that will quickly takes its place in the pantheon of great releases in the drone genre. 4.5/5” – About.com
“The album is without a doubt one of the heaviest they have written a long time, but that’s not why it excels. It’s intelligently heavy. The thick, elephantine guitars are always on the brink of melody and always on the brink of change, subtle as they may be. Each song’s main groove is only enhanced by extra layers of instrumentation and the occasional vocal accompaniment. The record is a captivating, hypnotic experience that should be had by all. 10/10” – American Aftermath
“…this is the Earth-album you have been waiting for. It’s early to say, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Primitive And Deadly stand as Earth’s absolute masterpiece. Suffice to say, it feels like the accumulation of a sound 25 years and eight albums in the making. 10/10” – The Metal Observer
“Primitive And Deadly is yet another evolution in this process, seemingly taking the more mellow nature of the previous three albums and making it heavier and more structured, turning it into a bluesy psychedelic rock of sorts. 9/10” – Metal Storm
“Probably their most consistent release since the genre defining Pentastar: In The Style Of Demons, Primitive And Deadly is a hypnotic and enthralling experience easily digested during a single sitting. The fact that these are the first guest vocalists’ since that 1996 release is fitting considering they provide the only light amongst the all-consuming darkness of this captivating platter. 9/10” – Ghost Cult