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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."



Pitchfork (Depths)

 

“A gorgeous, impassioned album… the final result is pretty spellbinding.”

 

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Angry Metal Guy (Depths)

 

“Depths is a well thought out and passionate album with no bells and whistles.  It doesn’t need to be anything more and I’m thankful it isn’t.  Not only is it refreshing in its succinctness for even the most seasoned of USBM fans, but it’s also a perfect starting point for the genre.  A great effort from a band to watch.”

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Abysmal Hymns (Depths)

 

“An amazing step forward in USBM… if you let the atmospheric black metal label fool you then you will be taken by surprise.”

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Invisible Oranges (Depths)

 

“These Dakotans color the Cascadian clatter with the hues of night.”

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CVLT Nation (TPTCMS)

 

“While blasting their tunes, you will find yourself feeling like you have witnessed a beautiful sunrise, but at the same time experienced the solitude of winter.  The emotion that this band’s music conveys is huge, and is evident in every note of This Place That Contains My Spirit.”

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Metal Sucks (TPTCMS)

 

Featured TPTCMS in their weekly “Sh*t That Comes Out Today” column.

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Metal Underground (TPTCMS)

 

Streaming TPTCMS



Metal Temple (TPTCMS)

 

“Woman is the Earth have made a Cascadian Black Metal classic.”

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Sea of Tranquility (TPTCMS)

 

“A haunting slice of nightmarish US black metal, that is, well, frightening.  You have to give Woman is the Earth some credit for creating some serious mood music.”

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Satan’s Music Box (TPTCMS)

 

“One of the most unique sounding black metal bands that I have come across for some time.”

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Ave Noctum (TPTCMS)

 

“8/10 - Atmospheric and extreme… Woman is the Earth have really provided both in a near flawless fashion here.”

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Meat Mead Metal (TPTCMS)

“Creative, spacious,  and should keep you awake for hours afterward.  A strong debut record the helped set the stage for where they have gone since.”


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Metal-Observer (TPTCMS)

 

“A rather solid atmospheric black metal album...”

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Metal.de (TPTCMS)

 

“All in all, a pleasing blend that can sit up in individual moments and suggests Woman is the Earth’s compositional skills and a flair for atmospheric and dreamy soundscapes.”

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Metalnews.de (TPTCMS)

 

“A really well-made underground product…”

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Musikreviews.de (TPTCMS)

 

“Moments of great beauty…”

 

Dark Souls United (TPTCMS)

 

“A merging of  East European and American sound… Aural passages that evoke the animalistic spirits that are buried in the cold Black Hills ground.  This is a band that is not to be neglected: great sound and original passion and zeal for their art!”

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Clothbodies (TPTCMS)

 

“Sweeping, emotional black metal from the Black Hills of South Dakota.”

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Darkview.be (TPTCMS)

 

“Hard, cold, and merciless but simultaneously awesome and full of mystery.”

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Decibel Magazine: via Deciblog (toofn)

 

“Exceptionally well-executed atmospheric(ish) black metal.”

 

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Invisible Oranges (toofn)

 

“The sound of South Dakota’s endless plains is gorgeous black metal.”

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CVLT Nation (toofn)

 

“Beautiful, Moving, Passionate, Melodic, Honest, Soulful, Fragile and Introspective.”

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Metal Injection (toofn)

 

“The trio creates textured, ethereal sounds in a region of the United States that typically isn't

associated with the extreme metal genre.”

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No Clean Singing (toofn)

 

“The drums and bass thunder like the stampede of a mustang herd, to the accompaniment of

scalding howls, but the sweeping, panoramic melodies are as ephemeral and mesmerizing as

the rhythms are physically jolting.”


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Meat Mead Metal (toofn)

 

“Their most expansive and best album yet…It’s Woman is the Earth’s bursting out, expanding

their thinking, and expressing their inner fire in a way that demands these guys be mentioned

as one of the best U.S. black metal bands.”

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Abysmal Hymns Blog (toofn)

 

“9/10 This is what atmospheric black metal should be.”

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metal paths (toofn)

 

“Their most mature and incredible work, so far.”

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The Amalgam's 'Best of April' (toofn)

 

“Rapid City, South Dakota might not be the first place that crosses your mind when it comes to

the United States Black Metal scene, but it certainly needs some recognition following this new

album from Woman Is The Earth.”

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This Place That

Contains My Spirit (2012)
Self-released

Terrorizer (TPTCMS)

 

“Rich with atmosphere, texture, and emotion.  This album is packed full of melancholy, yearning black metal and comes highly recommended indeed.”

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here.

Depths (2014)
Init Records

Decibel (Depths)

 

"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.

torch of our
final night
(2016)
Init Records

NOISEY (Toofn)

 

“Woman Is the Earth has been quietly carving out a small but important place for itself in the American black metal pantheon.”

 

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