Since Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light, Earth's output has been a little less predictable, adopting a heavy metal edge to previous outing Primitive and Deadly. Here, that's abandoned in favour of a rich warmth, embracing a vintage, full-bodied sound. Perhaps the most present-sounding of all their mixes, the guitars have a lovely mid-range thrum and the drums shine especially roomy and deep.
Full Upon Her Burning Lips is unique among the Earth canon for being suggestive and sensual. From the song titles to the full production, Earth remain ponderous but with a regal arrogance rather than steeped in funeral fug. ‘Dartura's Crimson Veils’, ‘She Rides an Air of Malevolence’, ‘Maiden's Catafalque’ – rarely have Earth evoked these images, colours and themes, bringing a new perspective to their traditional mass-and-volume approach.
The clarity of vision is bolstered by removing some of the extra instruments, leaving more space for guitar swoops and trills, percussive flutters and instrumental interplay. Repeat listens uncover gems like the intro to ‘Maiden's Catafalque’ which trips over itself in its eagerness to stretch out the winding riff, the sustained slow-burn melody of ‘A Wretched Country of Dusk’ and the creeping malevolence of ‘The Colour of Poison’.
- The Quietus