Primitive and Deadly, dabbles slightly with heavier riffs and features guest vocals on a couple tracks from '90s grunge great–turned–folk rocker Mark Lanegan, but they are integrated tastefully with the influences of Earth's more recent work.
These Seattle instrumentalists unleashed an innovative wave of distorted drone metal with their early work in the mid-'90s, paving the way for later acts like Sunn O))) to push the boundaries of low-end repetitive riffs. That sound gained popularity during Earth's 1996-2005 hiatus, but bandleader Dylan Carlson lessened the heaviness upon return by retreating into a sea of Americana influences. The pants-ruining rumble may have departed from their sound, but the new direction still resulted in soundscapes that were just as minimalist and haunting as Carlson's work from the early days. The current lineup's new album,