DIO DISCIPLES, WITCHBURN, MAIDEN NW, MOTORBREATH
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EARTH, FONTANELLE, STEBMO
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) For me, Earth is get-shit-done music. With that hypnotic drone plugged into my ear canals, procrastination magically evaporates and the words flow, possibly to compensate for the ponderous song arcs and Adrienne Davies' deliberate percussion. For the last seven years, Earth have been less about making esoteric metal and more about esoteric whatever-Dylan-Carlson-wants. Add to that Karl Blau's untethered eclecticism and Lori Goldston's cello, as menacing as a wounded animal. Still, it's highly accessible, a fitting, mostly wordless soundtrack capable of transforming the mundane into something dark and mysterious. This year's Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II continues the experimental project that began in 2011 with Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I. The songs on this second album were recorded at the same time as those on the first installment. The opener, "Sigil of Brass," is a surprisingly brief (3:32) and mournfully lovely duet between guitar and cello that sounds like the ominous setup before an Old West shootout. REBECCA WILSON