Earth (2)The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull

Label:Southern Lord – sunn90
CD, Album, Reissue
Style:Post Rock, Avantgarde


1Omens And Portents 1: The Driver
Electric Guitar [Electric Guitar And Amplifier]Bill Frisell
2Rise To Glory5:47
3Miami Morning Coming Down II (Shine)8:01
4Engine Of Ruin
Electric Guitar [Electric Guitar And Amplifier]Bill Frisell
5Omens And Portents II: Carrion Crow
Electric Guitar [Electric Guitar And Amplifier]Bill Frisell
6Hung From The Moon7:44
7The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull8:15

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"From strength, sweetness. From darkness, light. The bees made honey in the lion's skull."

Basic tracks recorded at Avast.
All other recordings and mixing at Aleph Studios.

Released in a jewel case packaged in a black protective slipcase with gold lettering.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (On Slipcase): 8 08720 00902 6
  • Matrix / Runout: SUNN90-V1 WWW.FURNACEMFG.COM 3211-CD-0510 12-109-06
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LK13

Other Versions (5 of 24)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (CD, Album, CD, )Daymare Recordings, Daymare RecordingsDYMC-055, TGCS-4752Japan2008
The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition)Southern LordSUNN90US2008
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The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear, 180gr)Southern Lordsunn90Europe2008
The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (2×LP, Limited Edition, Album, Gold)Southern LordSUNN90US2008
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The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (CD, Album, Promo, Cardsleeve)Southern LordSUNN90US2008



  • _J_H_'s avatar
    my cd (new) arrived without that "black protective slipcase with gold lettering"... I wonder if this album was available also without the slipcase... or not?
    • Risingson's avatar
      Like other reviewers say, this album is a bit difficult to label unless you listen to it, given the stoner/metal/whatever style that this group has been attached to. I knew Earth thanks to that wonderful gig called "Primavera Club" in Barcelona, where they presented this album and its characteristics: slow, slooow, slooooow jams of echoed guitars with westerner chords that made it a kind of heroine-influenced post-rock, with very subtle progression during the tracks, but post-rock after all. Even with its jazzy bits.

      After labeling it, this is a wonderful album too, with its peak just in the middle: the riff of "Engine of Ruin" is addictive and describes the relaxed, just a bit doomed athmosphere of the whole disc. Very recommended, and see them live if you can.
      • obsequious's avatar
        Earth is a band that gets tagged with a lot of descriptions and genres that do not really apply to its current sound. I am constantly reading their music being described as "stoner rock" or "doom metal", which do accurately describe the bands style from many years ago. In more recent times, the band's sound has moved to a more ambient, old west styling, which is the case on the recent album, "The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull".

        This album does not quite fall into any sort of true ambient territory, as there are very solid and noticeable musical progressions. This almost seems more like movie soundtrack work than true ambient or background music. The bulk of it is filled with really dense and highly styled guitar washes that invoke a very serious "Wild West" atmosphere. I can't really compare it to Ennio Moriccone's western soundtracks as the music is very different. However, I think "The Bees Made Honey..." could be substituted and used as a soundtrack to many of the great Leone westerns. Instead of lush orchestrations, you have almost a rock sensibility that could be coming from a lone cowboy traveling alone in the desert. Although, this cowboy happens to be carrying around some impressive guitar amps. The sound is not epic in scope, but rather more introspective.

        Personally, I look forward to taking a trip out west, and playing this while going through the desert. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the scarce few examples of "western ambient" like A Small, Good Thing or Steve Roach and Roger King's "Dust to Dust". It might also work for people who are really into western movie soundtracks of any type, particularly the recent soundtrack work by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for movies like "The Proposition" or "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford".


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