The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place is the product of stunning musical imagination. The band’s second album for Temporary Residence is a quantum leap over their already superb label debut, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever. Earth eschews its predecessor's metal textures and occasional aggression for soaring beauty: the main guitar sound is a bell-like chime, not a deep crunch. Throughout, songs transcend the simple post-rock formula of crescendo-crash-crescendo-crash by demonstrating just how you can increase intensity without necessarily increasing volume or even tempo. The post-climax of “First Breath After Coma” draws the listener in by slowing down, and even as “Memorial” draws to a shattering conclusion, all the power of the music comes from the interplay of the guitars and the drums, not some sudden, blistering bout of punishing speed metal.
If grief had five stages and made you fall in love, it would be The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place.
2010-05-31 - Kent Conrad