Boomkat Product Review:
Remix album of the original sludge-rockers Earth, featuring contributions from Autechre, Mogwai, Jim O'Rouke, Sunn O))) and Russell Haswell.
For a long time most famous for having sold Kurt Cobain that gun, Dylan Carlson's Earth were initially derided for their impenetrable rock fug and slow-motion riffs that made them stand out amongst their Sub Pop peers. However time has been kind to Earth and slowly (but surely) their sound has come to be appropriated by a new generation of sonic experimentalists ranging from the Sphere and Southern Lord labels through to their most natural heirs; SunnO))).
First to the table are Mogwai, who add layers of blister-pack guitars and waves of rimy feedback to Earth's 'Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine' and in doing so instil the original with a less suffocating atmosphere which will broaden its appeal considerably. Next up is Russell Haswell who (along with O'Rourke and Broadrick) plunder the now out of print 'Phase 3: Thrones and Dominions' for his punishing take on (wait for it) 'Tibetan Quaaludies (Waveset Sloth Mix)', whilst O'Rouke opts to mug you with a pretty start and a heavy weight end that'll have you reaching for the Anadin.
Possibly the oddest mix on the album comes from Autechre who choose to season the original with barely discernable variations, delicately augmented drums and the sort of subtle manipulation that indicates that the pair have a respect for Earth that they have seldom shown any of their peers in previous remixing work.
The kings of dronecore Sunn O))) don their black capes and skull rings for the closer to deliver a colossal chunk of doom metal.