This Place That Contains My Spirit is the second release from the psychedelic black metal trio known as Woman is the Earth. Comprised of Jon Martin (drums, vocal chants), Andy Martin (guitars, bass, floor effects), and Jarrod Hattervig (guitars, vocals), the band call their home the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Containing just four lengthy tracks, you can just imagine that there are plenty of light & dark moments, fury as well as tranquility. The title track runs the gamut from trippy psychedelia to ravenous black metal, and then gentle folk, while "Sage Moon" is cavernous, violent black metal, complete with relentless blast beats, manic guitar riffs, and howling screams & moans. Things get more textured and slightly progressive on the moody "Bird Song", a chilling piece with effective tremolo picked riffs and tortured vocals that seemingly float in from way off in the distance. Lots of sound effects and atmosphere permeate the epic 16-minute track "Glow Beyond the Ridgeline", a haunting slice of nightmarish US black metal, that is, well, quite frightening. You have to give Woman is the Earth credit for creating some serious mood music here; this certainly won't be for everyone, but if you gravitate towards underground black metal with psychedelic & folk elements, give this one a try.
1) This Place That Contains My Spirit
2) Sage Moon
3) Bird Song
4) Glow Beyond the Ridgeline