The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull

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The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
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Studio album by Earth
Released February 26, 2008 (2008-02-26)
Recorded Avast/Aleph Studios
Genre Experimental rock, post-rock, drone rock, instrumental rock
Length 53:25
Label Southern Lord (SUNN90)
Producer Randall Dunn
Earth chronology
Hibernaculum
(2007)
The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
(2008)
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10)[2]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[3]

The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull is the fifth full-length studio album by the band Earth. Earth embarked on a worldwide tour in support of the album.[4]

Bill Frisell is a guest on the album, playing guitar on tracks one, four, and five.

The title is a reference to Judges 14:8 in the Bible. It tells the story of Samson, who tore apart a lion and when he returned, noticed a swarm of bees and some honey on the lion's carcass. The album continues the partial trend of Earth material being influenced by Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, with certain songs named after phrases from the book (for example, "Hung from the Moon" and "Engine of Ruin").[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Omens and Portents I: The Driver" 9:06
2. "Rise to Glory" 5:47
3. "Miami Morning Coming Down II (Shine)" 8:01
4. "Engine of Ruin" 6:28
5. "Omens and Portents II: Carrion Crow" 8:04
6. "Hung from the Moon" 7:44
7. "The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull" 8:15
8. "Junkyard Priest" (Vinyl bonus track) 7:13

Personnel[edit]

Per the liner notes[7]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Bill Frisell – electric guitar on tracks 1, 4, and 5
  • Milky Burgess - slide guitar on "Junkyard Priest"

Production[edit]

  • Randall Dunn - basic tracks recorded at Avast, all other recording and mixing at Aleph Studios
  • Sinister Kitchen - mastering
  • Mell Detmer - mastering
  • Arik Roper - artwork
  • Seldon Hunt - layout

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull review allmusic.com. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  2. ^ Baron, Zach. The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull review pitchforkmedia.com. 2008-02-29. Retrieved on 2011-08-30.
  3. ^ The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull review tinymixtapes.com. Retrieved on 2010-01-24.
  4. ^ Earth news at LivingForMetal.com
  5. ^ Ambler, Charlie. "Talking to Earth About the Occult and Playing in a Doom Band When You're Happy". www.vice.com. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "INTERVIEW: DYLAN CARLSON (EARTH)". burningambulance.com. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Hunt, Seldon; Arik Roper (2008). The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull (CD booklet in CD front cover). Earth. Southern Lord Records. pp. 1–10. sunn90.