Barren Earth - The Devil's Resolve



7.9 | 205 votes |
Release date: 7 March 2012
Style: Melodic death metal, Progressive metal

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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]

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 (23)

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29.02.2012 - 22:52
Wes
Can't wait for this!!
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05.03.2012 - 22:51
John Shock
TWO DAYS...CAN'T WAIT NO MORE....
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07.03.2012 - 17:44
Paz
News Man
A very enjoyable album, but I still think that their previous effort was better.
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07.03.2012 - 18:39
Rating: 8
Risto
Wandering Midget
Gets my stamp of excellence
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08.03.2012 - 15:44
John Shock
These guys are simply special! \m/ perfect
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08.03.2012 - 21:42
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
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.
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08.03.2012 - 21:53
Rating: 9
Cyroth
This album is amazing
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08.03.2012 - 22:49
Rating: 5
Rulatore
Found it below average
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09.03.2012 - 15:04
Rating: 9
BaneConall
Fart Enthusiast
The clean vox have a huge improvement over the last album. The songs also seem more varied to me. Great album!
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09.03.2012 - 19:49
Rating: 9
knightlightning
Woah!!, what a nice combination of elements, it takes a bit more to get all of them... but i think is a winner!
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10.03.2012 - 16:47
Rating: 8
Milena
Learning To "X"
Must. Listen.
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10.03.2012 - 23:10
strade
Will be checking it out soon.
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11.03.2012 - 01:02
Rating: 8
Milena
Learning To "X"
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 :/
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13.03.2012 - 00:35
strade
Definitely a pleasant listen so far; don't know where it will fall, though.
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13.04.2012 - 15:31
Rating: 9
hexmoth
Cheeerrrrssss!!!!
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19.04.2012 - 21:08
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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08.05.2012 - 22:06
Rating: 5
Draugen
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...
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08.05.2012 - 22:08
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
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.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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08.05.2012 - 22:41
Rating: 5
Draugen
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.
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26.12.2012 - 14:25
Rating: 6
Kuroboshi
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.
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26.12.2012 - 17:34
!J.O.O.E.!
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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.
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26.12.2012 - 21:35
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Guest 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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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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