Sophomore full-length due out March 13th on Peaceville Records
HELSINKI, FINLAND – Finland’s finest progressive death metal band, Barren Earth, has announced that its highly anticipated sophomore full-length, The Devil’s Resolve, will hit stores in North America on March 13th via Peaceville Records. The Devil’s Resolve will be released on CD and vinyl, with artwork provided by notable US-based artist Paul Romano (Mastodon).
Mixed by Dan Swanö (Opeth/Katatonia) at Unisound, The Devil’s Resolve continues with all the trademarks one has come to associate with Barren Earth: brutal riffs, gloomy growls, majestic melodies, as well as acoustic and progressive passages. But this time the band has delved even deeper, taking this sophomore effort to the extremes through musical landscapes encompassing brutal death metal, doomy vocals, trippy 70’s prog lunacy, pastoral passages and even bagpipes.
Barren Earth is back!
Barren Earth originally appeared in 2009 with the ‘Our Twilight’ EP, followed quickly by the debut album, The Curse Of The Red River (2010). Both releases met with a rapturous reception from fans and critics alike, including awards for best new band and best album. However, as all members of Barren Earth were previously known from other notable bands, there was also the inevitable labeling as a ‘supergroup,’ and the accompanying doubts of ‘it will never last’ and ‘it’ll be a short-lived thing.’
But the skeptics have now been proven wrong!
Following the release of The Curse Of The Red River, Barren Earth has played several shows, not only in its native country of Finland, but in continental Europe, and most importantly, in North America, where as a part of the Finnish Metal Tour 2, the group played 28 shows alongside countrymen Ensiferum and Finntroll. This has naturally spurred the band’s creativity further, and the results of this can be heard on Barren Earth’s second album, The Devil’s Resolve.
The Devil’s Resolve is one album that is not to be missed; this is as good as Finnish metal gets.
Stay tuned to the official Barren Earth Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/BarrenEarth for more information on Barren Earth and The Devil’s Resolve. And keep your eyes peeled for the new music video for the track, “The Rains Begin.”
Barren Earth is…
Mikko Kotamäki – Vocals (Swallow The Sun)
Olli-Pekka Laine – Bass (Ex-Amorphis, Mannhai)
Kasper Mårtenson –Keyboards (Ex-Amorphis, Ben Granfelt Band)
Janne Perttilä – Guitar (Rytmihäiriö)
Marko Tarvonen – Drums (Moonsorrow)
Sami Ylisirniö – Guitar (Kreator, Waltari)