Before forming sludge and doom metal group The Body with childhood friend Lee Buford, Chip King was Siege Engine: a drone metal project whose only release was the three-track Heart of a Pig Stuck With Pins and White Thorns EP.
“I” is a basic drone-doom track with a single interminable guitar chord and a simple four-chord minor key progression with one strum for each chord.1 Of note is King’s curious falsetto-shriek, a signature aspect of his work with The Body. “I” is a rather average drone track: the four four-chord strums redline and produce audible, amateurish distortion which lessens the funereal atmosphere.
King shows his Earth 22 appreciation on “II,” which is almost exclusively reverberating guitar chords. It is peaceful in the way that drone metal’s sub-bass frequencies are relaxing, and King’s reedy voice screeches through the background darkness. The production is not as psychologically inundating as Sunn O)))’s Black One or Monoliths and Dimensions, but it is recommended over “I”.
Finally, “III” is a small outro on acoustic guitar. Nothing too special, just a nice depressive3 exeunt, stage left.
I – (8:44) – ★☆☆☆☆
II – (14:03) – ★★★☆☆
III – (1:52) – ★★★☆☆
[UPDATE 15 March 2016: Changed overall rating from three stars to two-and-a-half stars.]
1Sounds like an electric acoustic.
2Put out by Earth in the early 90s, it is a highly recommended listen for fans of drone music and doom metal. Three tracks clocking in at almost eighty minutes!
3Shit metal reviewers say.