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  • Best Gigs?

    14 Abr 2009, 22:34

    1)Converge - Dublin July 2007
    2)TDEP - Belfast Feb 2008
    3)Converge Dublin March 2005
    4)FFAF Belfast 2005
    5)Ennio Morricone - Belfast October 2008
    6)ASIWYFA - Warrenpoint August 2008
    A local gig? It may raise a few eyebrows, but ASIWYFA won over Warrenpoint in the most rock n roll way possible.
    7)Earth Belfast July 2008
    8)Opeth Dublin November 2008
    9)Isis Dublin May 2007
    10)Gojira Belfast March 2009
    11)Angel Chambers Warrenpoint September 2007
    Another local gig, but it was easily one of the most intense gigs I've witnessed. Manic stagedives and heartfelt high fives? Oh christ yes!
  • Earth - The Black Box - 15th July

    18 Jul 2008, 5:12

    Tue 15 Jul – Earth, Menschen

    If history and innovation mean anything in the age of the boy band, then Earth are on to a winner. If anything, tonight symbolizes triumph; triumph amidst a time of great hardship for Carson and Co.

    Perhaps Earth now represents a therapeutic remedy for Carson's troubled past, but this is irrelevant to the majority of tonight's show. This isn't about his 6 year hiatus, nor is it about the distorted drones he pioneered many moons ago. Tonight is about "The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull" tour, and nothing else.

    There's an air of anticipation that fills The Black Box tonight. However, there's a phrase at the tip of every one's tongue, "has he still got it?" Many doubt, but remember, "What doesn't kill you can only make you stronger."

    The ethereal like manner in which the set trundles along comes across as utterly immersive. If anything, there’s an apocalyptic like charm to the vast majority of Earth’s set. It’s hard not to be submerged under the hypnotizing drones of “Hung from the Moon”, yet it’s this minimalist quality that sets Earth apart.

    At many stages during the gig, the reviewer can feel the vibrations from both the volume and low end. I was left overwhelmed when the vibrations were left creeping onto my trousers and shoes. It’s with this mentality that I now understand the true power behind Earth’s music.

    The aim of the band never was to pummel or shock, instead it was to hypnotize and lull the listener into an almost unconscious state. Regardless of whether this was through pummeling low end, or a reverb heavy “doom scape”, the principle was always the same. This is best showcased when reviewing the newly arranged “Coda Maestoso in F (Flat) Minor”. Not only does this symbolize the growth and maturity of Earth, but it also shows their versatility as musicians. It is here that Earth’s true strength lies.

    As therapeutic as tonight’s music may be for Dylan Carson; this does not only apply to him. For the course of 80 minutes, I forgot my problems, I forgot where I was and most importantly, I forgot about all that surrounded me. To compare this to a gig would be selling it short. If anything, this was a surreal experience.

    9.5/10