Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Earth is an American drone band based in Seattle, Washington, formed in 1990 by Dylan Carlson, Slim Moon, and Greg Babior. Although they have played various styles of music, they are best known as pioneers of a minimalistic, long and repetitive form of heavy music known as drone. To a lesser extent their sound is referred to as doom metal. Earth however, has little to do with metal – at least in their current sound. Their early albums could be seen as a variation of the experimental doom-influenced metal of The Melvins.
Dylan Carlson has been the driving force within the band and has remained the core of an ever changing line-up. Outside of the underground music world, Carlson is perhaps best known for having been the best friend of grunge music icon Kurt Cobain and at the request of Cobain, purchased the infamous gun (for home protection; not suicide) that Cobain allegedly used to commit suicide with. After Earth had moved to Seattle, Cobain sang lead vocals in the song “Divine and Bright”, from a demo included on the re-release of the live album Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars.