Sound — 9
After long nine year out of the public eye, Dylan Carlson brought his band Earth back to life with the album "Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method". It was a departure from the earlier heavy drone material replaced with clean guitars and piano playing. "Hibernaculum" is in the same vein.
Lyrics — 9
Well there are no lyrics to speak of. Earth is a instrumental band. A few of the songs are older songs remade with the new Earth sound. 1. Ouroboros Is Broken: Taken from the album "Extra-Capsular Extraction" it basically the same song only done with clean guitars. With the tribal beats and guitars it sounds like it could be in a soundtrack for a biopic about Native Americans. The kind that scalp people. 2. Coda Maestoso in F(Flat)Minor: Taken from the album "Pentastar: In the Style of Demons". It a long, beautiful, haunting but at the same time uplifting song. I think sometimes artists can get their point across without words but evoking an emotion in their own style. Carlson seems to show sadness in this songs but in the end showing there is always hope. At least that is what I get out of this one. 3. Miami Morning Coming Down: Absolutely beautiful. To someone who has never heard of Earth, this would be one of the first songs I would play them. Masterpiece. 4. "Plague of Angels": To me, it sounds like a song that was left off of "Hex". It kinda drags a bit but it fits the album perfectly.
Overall Impression — 10
This album compares greatly with the "Hex" album. Like I wrote earlier, it is the new Earth sound. To me the best songs are "Coda Maestoso In F (Flat) Minor" and "Miami Morning Coming Down". I really love this album. It is the first one I bought so it introduced me to what Dylan Carlson is all about. I bet it is a real treat to see them live. If it were stolen I would be lost until the new one came in the mail.