Legendary drone/doom rock (don't say metal these days) act Earth here return with their most musical album yet, a multi-faceted and moody set of instrumental tunes that join the band's influential quasi-mystical guitars with Western-inspired cinematic motifs. Think post-rock meets Ennio Morricone, maybe. "Descent To The Zenith" is a deceptively simple rock song, slowed down to half-speed, and retaining enough melody to be hummable and "catchy", even. "Hell's Winter" has a little more renegade attitude (there's definitely some blues lurking within), but nonetheless remains textural and soundscape-oriented. Superb work, really, as I get a dusky, gritty "Deadwood"-kinda vibe here. The title track is 20 minutes of spaced-out drones with swells of cello. This ends it all on a lovely, drifty, and meditational note.
Earth's strength lies in their ability to conjure dramatic textures and contemplative moods, all within the normally humdrum framework of guitar-drums-cello. "Angels Of Darkness" is a well-rounded, mature, and accomplished recording, and stands as a high point in the band's catalog. (Southern Lord)