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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B000AA4LSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mirage
2. Land Of Some Other Order
3. The Dire And Ever Circling Wolves
4. Left In The Desert
5. Lens Of Unrectified Night
6. An Inquest Concerning Teeth
7. Raiford (The Felon Wind)
8. The Dry Lake
9. Tethered To The Polstar

Editorial Reviews

Fifth official studio album and first in nine years. Band leader Dylan Carlson is regarded as an innovator in ambient, experimental, drone, doom circles. Known mostly for the Black Sabbath-meets-Melvins played at 16 RPM sound, they branch out here, incorporating new influences and continuing to innovate. Bold, vital, and essential.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Floyd Pinkinson on September 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If Jonah Hex were to bash John Wayne's head open with a rock after shooting him in the neck and then slowly drag the body across the desert this would be the soundtrack heard within the harsh sandstorms and echoing across jagged red rocky valleys.

Ennio Morricone has become a heroin addict. Merle Haggard slits his wrists in the back of a pick-up truck while White2 tears apart the speakers.

Horses hang their heads so low their necks snap. Tumbleweeds turn into dust. Cacti needles invert and blood flows...

1. Mirage

The album opens with blowing wind and minimalist reverbed clean guitar strumming setting the tone for what's to come. A short and ominous introduction.

2. Land of Some Other Order

This track begins with more clean guitars but now accompanied with slow drums and what seems to sound like a droning bass guitar or possibly the baritone guitar. Trombone is actually used in this song also. The various tones melt into each other and slide along smoothly and perfectly. Picture an outlaw on horseback approaching a ghost town up on the horizen. You'd hear this.

3. The Dire and Ever Circling Wolves

Tubular bells create the sound of wind chimes here. More plodding clean guitars and drums.There's a, dare I say, distinct country-western aura within this track and throughout most of the album. Imagine every score you've ever heard in a television or movie scene involving cowboys served a large dose of darkness and compacted into about eight minutes. It has been done here.

4. Left in the Desert

More wind and wind chimes with guitar ambience creeping in the background. A very short "intro in the middle of the album" type of track.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Solomon on March 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Hex: Or Priniting in the Infernal Method is the first studio Earth album in nearly a decade, and as most reviews will agree, a departure from the previous four. it's an instrumental album (not to be confused with instru-metal) and comes complete with a drummer. it's released on southern lord (sun o))) and stephen o'malley). I haven't heard any other earth albums but i think pentastar also had a drummer.

Firstly it's slow and i mean slooooow. There's acres of space between notes and, i haven't counted, but some tunes clock in at like 15bpm.

Secondly it's heavy but this must certainly not be confused with dark. The album draws on influences from the american midwest in particular the German Lutheran and Swiss settlers of Pennsylvania. The midwest influence is most strongly heard on "an inquest concerning teeth".

The slowness and space between notes make some songs sound like your stuck out in the middle of some open plane with nothing but endless space. Or there's "left in the desert" with the howling wind complete with chimes.

The heaviest tune "Rainford (the fellow wind)" starts of with a single drum beat for about 1 minute then a two cord repition for another minute then both are superimposed with a distorted, elongated couple of notes that become progressively more central by the time it wraps up after about 7 minutes. The reviewer above is entirely accurate to suggest this could be the song to a slow motioned shoot out in the ok carol.

This album is wicked. I wouldn't necessarily call it a metal album...in that screaming and/or anrgy sense. i'm not even sure purists would call this drone metal. But however you classify it this album really is something. you just need some patience and an empty living room to be rewarded. Do yourself a favour and at least listen to it @ your favourite store.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Riley on May 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Being familiar with Earth is only mildly useful in hearing "Hex" for the first time. While "Hex" normally refers to Pennsylvania Dutch symbolism used on buildings (barns) to ward off bad or encourage good, this record is just as easily the backdrop to a desert you can't even dream of.

If you've traveled (or live in) southern parts of UT, AZ, NM, and CA, the pull that one feels towards the desert is perfectly embodied in the simple and harsh notes of a single guitar. Imagine Clint Eastwood sharing a world with Stephen King's gunslinger Roland in a land that is between world's but most certainly bleak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By comedreja on February 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
and I'm going 110 mph but it seems like 40. This was my go to disc as I travelled the 45 minutes to Palm Springs everday. If you like the idea of listenting to country sans vocals slowed waay down with touches of Morricone thrown in for good measure then this is the disc for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Infante on February 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Earth has left the drone and the low guitar and bass sounds to allow this time slow and atmospherical western strings, the whole environment the sounds of Hex: Or Printing in the Infernal Method sugests are desertical, grey in times, dry, nostalgic for old american days, charming, captivating and serene, far from the heaviness of previous Earth works and less complicated in instrumental arrangments, of course I hope they return in coming albums to their basic sound but this is a great experimental and conceptuall release, Dylan Carson have made of Earth a cult band in the field of progresive drone, doom , country and western.

HM
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