Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Label: Southern Lord
Reviewer: Kassem - 2014-11-14
It's been more than two years since my last review, therefore I had the idea what could make a better comeback than reviewing Earth's finest album?
So this album actually introduced me to the drone genre, but after going through a lot of drone releases, I realized that 'The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull' isn't actually a pure drone album, it's mixed southern stoner, with good structured drone and solid post-metal-ish/calm-slow relaxation shit that give your ears seven orgasms each time you play it.
With that being said, I think Earth do NOT need any introduction to the fans of drone. Even Stephen O'Malley from Sunn O))), started a project named after one of Earth's early track 'Teeth Of Lions Rule The Divine'
The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull is basically an instrumental album with a couple of notes going over and over, basic slow riffs and drums notes mixed with southern feels, creating this strange depressively-happy atmospheric tunes. But of course, perhaps not everybody will enjoy this, unless you're searching for a calm relaxing music, which will take you to a psychedelic journey on the top of the world away from humanity and its corruption.
And don't let me start talking about the magnificent artwork which is basically a lion's skull and the hard working bees made love and honey in their new little house inside, without knowing or caring that it was a living creature one day.
The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull is a reference to Judges 14:8 in the Bible. It tells the story of Samson, who tore apart a lion and when he returned, noticed a swarm of bees and some honey on the lion's carcass, and the songs "Hung from the Moon" and "Engine of Ruin" are actually being named after phrases from the book 'Blood Meridian'.
If I could describe this album in one sentence I would say 'The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull' is a medical marijuana.
However, if you haven't listened to Earth before, I would recommend this album as a good start.