After a first act defined by gloom and glacial feedback, the Seattle drone-metal outfit Earth released The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull, a wonderfully melodic suite of long-form instrumental music. The band, which was originally named for Black Sabbath’s first and most regressive incarnation, has spawned its own imitators: The arty doom-metal band Sunn O))) began as an Earth tribute act, and Boris, Sleep, and hordes of other experimental-music royalty have hailed the Seattle quartet as the pinnacle of post-Melvins metal. But Earth has long since moved on, and the band’s new obsessions—sedate, chiming bursts of organs, guitars, and drums—are as compelling as their hugely influential old ones.

Tue., May 6, 7 p.m., 2008