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8/10 Phil Staff review, 27 November 2006Earth... aside from it being the beautiful green and blue planet which you're sitting on right now reading these great reviews. It's also the name of a band. A seminal band consisting of men and dirge. Now on Southern Lord their 6th album (I was surprised they'd done that many) is here and boy is it slow.... My gran could play the drums in Earth, A tap here, a bang there. Piece of piss.... Musically it's quite 'twangy guitarry' and there's definite tunes and song structures there albeit slowed down. So not that droney at all and more accessible than previous affairs....
10/10 Thomas Customer review, 18th July 2014
"Hex" was the first release by Earth in the guise we now know them - clean, sparingly picked guitars, the odd crack of drum, sustain, decay, and a lot of what Creston Spiers (of Harvey Milk) calls "white space". Following on from the band's earlier, filthier records (which stripped Sabbath's power chords of rhythmic impulse and bathed the listener in scut), and Dylan Carlson's well-documented personal problems, "Hex" at the time seemed hymnal, static, a music purged of demons but yet to find redemption, and a complete break with Earth's past. In the years since it was first released, the LP has lost none of its intrigue, it's power to still the heart, its utter, numbing, weightlessness, even as Carlson and co. continue on more recent recordings to trace a line between it and "Earth 2". This re-press on black wax finally affords the record the quality of vinyl it lacked on first release.
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