Release date: 7 March 2012
Style: Melodic death metal, Progressive metal

Rating:

7.9 | 187 votes

Owners:

161 have it
48 want it


01. Passing Of The Crimson Shadows
02. The Rains Begin
03. Vintage Warlords
04. As It Is Written
05. The Dead Exiles
06. Oriental Pyre
07. White Fields
08. Where All Stories End
09. Martyrs Of Devotion [special edition bonus]
10. World In Haze [special edition bonus]

Review
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Additional info
- CD & vinyl
- Artwork provided by Paul Romano

Staff review by
BitterCOld

Rating:
7.2
The Devil's Resolve marks the sophomore release of Barren Earth, whose prior offering, Curse Of The Red River won your vote as the best debut in the 2010 MSA's. For whatever reason they are tagged here and elsewhere as a progressive death metal band, although I am not terribly sure why. The vocalist, at times, roars like Mikael from Opeth, so I guess that must be it.

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published 21.03.2012 | Comments (25)

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Wes - 29.02.2012 at 22:52  
  Can't wait for this!!
John Shock - 05.03.2012 at 22:51  
  TWO DAYS...CAN'T WAIT NO MORE....
Pazdzioch - 07.03.2012 at 17:44  
  A very enjoyable album, but I still think that their previous effort was better.
Risto - 07.03.2012 at 18:39  
Rating: 8 Gets my stamp of excellence
John Shock - 08.03.2012 at 15:44  
  These guys are simply special! \m/ perfect
tea[m]ster - 08.03.2012 at 21:42  
Rating: 8 Well, my first thoughts are the production is better than the first but I don't feel the songs are as "epic"...I gotta play this a few more times.
Întunecatul - 08.03.2012 at 21:53  
Rating: 9 This album is amazing
Rulatore - 08.03.2012 at 22:49  
Rating: 5 Found it below average
BaneConall - 09.03.2012 at 15:04  
Rating: 9 The clean vox have a huge improvement over the last album. The songs also seem more varied to me. Great album!
knightlightning - 09.03.2012 at 19:49  
Rating: 9 Woah!!, what a nice combination of elements, it takes a bit more to get all of them... but i think is a winner!
Milena - 10.03.2012 at 16:47  
Rating: 8 Must. Listen.
strade - 10.03.2012 at 23:10  
  Will be checking it out soon.
Milena - 11.03.2012 at 01:02  
Rating: 8 Just finished my first listen... this will probably be somewhere in the strong 8 range, my only major complaint is that As It Is Written should have been the closer.

Edit 2: it's more in the lower 8 for now... well, it is a VERY good album, I'm not disappointed, but... I expected a huuuuuuge improvement from the first one. I really expected an eargasm. They didn't betray in quality, but they did kinda betray my expectations :/
strade - 13.03.2012 at 00:35  
  Definitely a pleasant listen so far; don't know where it will fall, though.
hexmoth - 13.04.2012 at 15:31  
Rating: 9 Cheeerrrrssss!!!!
Troy Killjoy - 19.04.2012 at 21:08  
  If they stopped with all the slowed-down Amorphis moments where they try to get all "folky" and "happy" I'd probably like this a lot more. But it comes off as too... "let's dance to the fiddle around the fire" as opposed to... whatever it is I was expecting from this.

Considerably worse than its predecessor. The clean vocals annoy me too.
Draugen - 08.05.2012 at 22:06  
Rating: 5 Oh, come on!

First Swallow the Sun follows up a great album with an average one and now Barren Earth does the same...
Everything Mikko is a part of this year seems to turn out lame. What the fuck happened?

Barren Earth's debut was brilliant. Not perfect, but diverse and energetic with every song coming across as unique and satisfying in one way or another. With The Devil's Resolve however, it is completely the opposite. The album feels watered down and uninspired while being polluted by the clean vocals and too much keyboard abuse. "Disappointing" is an understatement.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go and cool off for a while...
Troy Killjoy - 08.05.2012 at 22:08  
 
Written by Draugen on 08.05.2012 at 22:06
Now if you will excuse me, I have to go and cool off for a while...

Agreed with everything you said, although I'm far less passionate about this than you seem to be.
Draugen - 08.05.2012 at 22:41  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.05.2012 at 22:08

Agreed with everything you said, although I'm far less passionate about this than you seem to be.


Might be that I overreacted slightly, but when your high expectations are not met in any way what so ever, it sometimes has that effect.
Kuroboshi - 26.12.2012 at 14:25  
Rating: 6
Written by Draugen on 08.05.2012 at 22:06

Barren Earth's debut was brilliant. Not perfect, but diverse and energetic with every song coming across as unique and satisfying in one way or another. With The Devil's Resolve however, it is completely the opposite. The album feels watered down and uninspired while being polluted by the clean vocals and too much keyboard abuse. "Disappointing" is an understatement.

I wouldn't say that their debut was "brilliant", but it was surely entertaining with its soaring melodies and good production. I agree with everything you say. Very derivative, "let's put out something 'cause 2 years have passed"-kind of album. Not deserving of the praise it gets.
!J.O.O.E.! - 26.12.2012 at 17:34  
Rating: 5 Agree with Draugen. The debut was a genuine breath of fresh air in the genre whereas this one is extremely forgettable.

And the artwork to this is unquestionably the Sarah Jessica Parker of cover artworks.
Mr. Doctor - 26.12.2012 at 21:35  
Rating: 6
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 26.12.2012 at 17:34
And the artwork to this is unquestionably the Sarah Jessica Parker of cover artworks.


Don't see any horses in the artwork.

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