I guess this sits alongside, or is a continuation of the tangent that earth began to explore with Hex (or Printing in the Infernal Method). This is a considerable expansion on that record though. The band sound huge in every way, both epic in the sweep of the songs, and huge in ambition, this is a record that has at its heart not just country music, but American music.
The vistas conjured here are not just the epic filmic panoramas of some classic, eternal western movie, but a broader palette. Alt.country might be a scene without parameters, but this leaves the Alt.country flock so far behind, this is a music as vast as the continent its self. True, this is a drone record, at least insofar as I can classify it, but it is the use of the scope of American music that makes it so much more, here you can hear gospel, soul, rock, metal, country, folk. Some of the greatest records ever made, echo here.
Like most fans I guess, I got on board with Earth2. This record is of that lineage, but whilst Earth may have set a doom/drone template, they have far exceeded it. This record is heavy. Of course it is, and in a way no one else can touch. Live the band are so deeply heavy, you feel shaken on a molecular level. This isn't a doom record in the way so many of their more limited peers might understand, because this is a record that leaves you buoyed, ultimately euphoric. And maybe you have to reach somewhere deep down to achieve that.