Guitarist Dylan Carlson cofounded Earth
in 1989 and has been the lone constant member of the iconic group, transforming its sound as he retooled its lineup over the years. Earth is credited with originating the heavy, hypnotic sound sometimes called "drone doom," but the two volumes of Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light
(Southern Lord), which came out in 2011
, have little in common with doom metal aside from their stately pace; Carlson's twangy guitar lines would make a great soundtrack for an old spaghetti western, or maybe a brand-new, low-key indie western. The Angels of Darkness
albums are partly improvised, the songs are stark and plodding, and the band uses subtle movements not just to mesmerize but to pulverize. On the centerpiece of this year's Angels of Darkness
, "Waltz (A Multiplicity of Doors),"
soft cello melodies devolve into shrieks and clean guitar notes become loud clangs—and because these sudden discordant bursts follow no regular pattern, the track feels arrhythmic despite its steady pulse. The barely crawling tempos and minimalist instrumentation make each flash of harshness as heavy as anything in more traditional metal. —Leor Galil See also Saturday. Eagle Twin and Stebmo open. 11/17 show is 18+