That my friends is a very humbling photograph indeed, especially given the time at which it was taken. A time when technologically speaking, the mists over the cosmos were just beginning to clear up. Space research was entering a hitherto new age, if you can forget who H G Wells was. This was taken off the Apollo 8 spacecraft by astronaut William Anders, way back in 1968. Despite the pic being the first of its kind, there was more to it. Earthrise as it is called, was to later on become the moniker of a global environment movement. From the setting up major organizations to the much established environment consciousness in all of us, this has indeed been on a large scale. Despite all that things are still more of the same.
Well what spurred me to look up all these? Well it was a band of the same name.
Earthrise from Minneapolis, US. They are very well within the strict confines of post metal, belting out slow,sludgy, ill foreboding gigariffs. But what’s got me into them further is the lyrics, which are great btw (hard to come by these days), picturing the sheer magnitude of the apocalypse that man is slowly carving out for himself. Storms, avalanches, sea surges all converging at the single most unifying matter to all life forms.. The music to me plays second fiddle, yet is accentuated by the stellar theme (not unique by subject matter but unique by presentation). Take for instance the latter half of the song ‘Eighteen Hundred’ (post 2 : 30 mark). Screams bathed in anguish, spelling out our soon-to-be demise. Brilliant i say.
Once again this band deserves to be listened. And the whole album comes free. So go ahead and download it as well.