‘Depths’ received an 8/10 in the latest issue of Decibel.
No, this is not a reissue of the horrible album by Oceano released five years ago. So, things are already off to a good start. Nor is this a release from an alternative commune in which men are flogged into subservience. It’s atmospheric black metal from South Dakota, an ambient trip through lush soundscapes and dense note clusters.
Satan and Valhalla don’t have much currency in black metal these days. Rachel Carson, however, does. Bands like Wolves in the Throne Room and Altar of Plagues make you feel a longing for the things man once viewed as magical: the Earth and skies and even the ancient gods. Woman Is the Earth offer another long-form elegy. The winding, involved songs aren’t an impediment; you aren’t there for a moment, but for the journey.
Many of the better black metal bands of the past decade-plus are those that look to their desolate surroundings to shape their sound. With Wolves, it was the rural forests of Oregon, which aren’t desolate, but offer isolation. AOP document a world in peril (“Neptune Is Dead” on Mammal). Woman Is the Earth offer a requiem and a celebration for their native South Dakota. The band takes time to notice what’s going on: the space, the hidden wonder, the truth inherent in the natural world. They translate that for the listener, particularly in the opening to “Child of Sky,” which is part chant and part prayer and all-encompassing and glorious. But there’s not any outrage; rather, there is a sense that this band wants to document something before it’s gone forever. – Justin M. Norton
The remastered, re-released version of ‘This Place That Contains My Spirit’ (CD) from Eisenwald is now available in our store. It features a high-quality package printed with metallic ink. We only have a small quantity of these in stock, and won’t be getting further copies once they’re sold.
We’re very honored to see that Depths was recently reviewed by Pitchfork.com
Woman Is The Earth: “Crown & Bone/Dreamer”
To most of us, the Black Hills of South Dakota seem like wild, unexplored territory. But to the three souls behind Woman Is The Earth, it’s just home, and those wide open surroundings must have informed the spacious songwriting on their latest release. The atmospheric black-metal trio have just completed work on their third full-length, Depths, out April 1 on Init. It’s a gorgeous, impassioned album, and miles ahead of even their best earlier work (like 2012’s solid This Place That Contains My Spirit, which Eisenwald is due to rerelease in April). Woman Is The Earth aren’t quite reinventing the wheel, but they do polish it up awfully nice with post-black metal gloss. Lush melodies shimmer and pulsate alongside cruel tremolo riffs and ragged howls, homage is paid to both Weakling and the early days of Wolves in the Throne Room, and the final result is pretty spellbinding.
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Acclaimed German label, Eisenwald will be releasing a remastered version of ‘This Place That Contains My Spirit’ on April 21st (Europe) and May 6th (US). We are very humbled to have this opportunity, and for being a low-budget recording, they have done a great job with the remastering. The CD will be printed in purple metallic ink on black stock, and will be sold with the Wind Wolf T-shirt and patch.
We are very happy to announce that after much anticipation, Init Records has set a release date for ‘Depths’. We have received our shipment of the albums and will begin selling and shipping them on April 1, 2014.
If you’d like to pre-order the CD, email us at: email@example.com
You can also mailorder CD’s from Init Records at: www.initrecords.net and
We’re also awaiting a vinyl release of ‘Depths’ through Init Records in the coming months.
More info on that to come…
Recorded in March of 2013, we’re glad to announce that ‘Depths’ will be available on CD through Init Records in late Feb. 2014. Originally slated to be self-released in the Summer of 2013, we chose to work with Init and thus push the date back to ensure a higher quality album. Init Records will also be distributing a vinyl pressing of ‘Depths’set for release in the Spring/early Summer, 2014.Once again, ‘Depths’ was written, recorded, mixed and mastered by us in our home, although this is a much higher quality recording than any of our previous releases. Being only 24 minutes long, we’re very pleased with the way it turned out and are excited to soon have it available.
Stay posted on the official release date, new merch, and tour dates to support ‘Depths’.
Woman is the Earth has been mentioned in February’s issue of Decibel Magazine.
French label, Wulfrune Worxx, has released a cassette tape version
of ‘This Place That Contains My Spirit’ (WW337).
This limited release comes in a high-quality b&w print, and is hand-numbered out of 50.
‘This Place That Contains My Spirit’ has been reviewed on the
Portuguese blog, Forever Cursed.