Angels of Darkness Demons of Light II 

Southern Lord 2012

As its name would imply Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II is the second part of doom spiritualists Earth's latest monumental opus.  As one would expect from having any recent experience with Earth, this album is an extended journey through solitary and quiet soundscapes full of existential contemplation and calm instrumental exploration.  The album opens with the short and barren Sigil Of Brass.  Unhurried flicking of guitar strings and a hint of gloomy cello condense like clouds gathering on the horizon.  His Teeth Did Brightly Shine sees those clouds darken slightly and begin their methodical journey across the plains.  The pulse of the song quickens slightly and the guitar meanders and bends like a sapling in the breeze.  All the while there is a steady plodding of bass guitar.  There is a distinct western influence that permeates the track.  A Multiplicity of Doors is where we hear the first appearance of drums which lumber along at a determined, yet lethargic pace.  The song is colored by a mournful cello which imbues the composition with a sense of longing and haunts it with echoes of despair.  That same forlorn cello slowly shifts in a sultry dance with a ropey bass and nostalgic guitar on The Corascene Dog.  The same unimposing drum beat trickles through the track.  The final song, The Rakehell is possessed of a more 70s vibe with a somewhat Native American beat and undercurrents of psychedelia.  As with Part 1, Part II of this double album is a bit more stripped down than Earth's other previous works.  This however offers the listener greater expanses in which to find moments of spiritual clarity.  I find this album slightly more varied instrumentally and in regards to its songwriting than on Part 1.  If you like to be lost in the musical equivalent of vast prairies of long grass and dry, dusty churches bleached by the harsh sun, then Angels of Darkness Demons of Light Part 2 will soothe that restless soul of yours and provide you a tapestry on which to paint your own metaphysical discoveries.