|Sometimes like-minded artists with a strong musical past get together to create enduring, quality music with true purpose. Bloodbath's "The Fathomless Mastery", released in 2008, was rightly hailed by fans and critics alike as an instant classic.
Another band set to become more than the sum of its parts is Barren Earth.
Barren Earth are no hastily thrown together side project: born from an idea hatched in late 2006, the band formed in Helsinki in the autumn of 2007. With a head full of brutal, yet melodic songs, Olli-Pekka Laine asked drummer Marko Tarvonen to form a progressive death metal group with him and things slowly fell into place from there while a full band line-up was quickly established.
With a wealth of experience from internationally renowned acts, from former members of Finnish metallers Amorphis, to current members of Swallow The Sun, Moonsorrow, and Kreator, Barren Earth presents progressive and folk-textured death/doom metal of the highest order on their hotly anticipated debut album on Peaceville Records. Entitled "Curse Of The Red River", the album combines the best elements of metal, prog, and more obscure psychedelic rock - from Opeth to Pink Floyd, and Paradise Lost to Jethro Tull.
The album is a follow-up to the band's breakthrough into the metal world, "Our Twilight" [EP], released in late 2009. "Curse Of The Red River" takes the next step towards progressive metal bliss. With flawlessly executed epics, the album sets a new benchmark of soaring dynamics and rich atmospheric tales, with each member stamping their mark of experience all over the album. From the formidable lead guitar of Sami Ylisirniö to Kasper Mårtenson's rich keyboard layers all backing up Mikko Kotamäki's unmistakable vocal presence, "Curse Of The Red River" is set to be a new highlight in the great history of Finnish metal.
Barren Earth have since conducted their debut live gig in Helsinki, and plan to embark upon a series of shows throughout 2010, with a performance at the renowned Summer Breeze festival already confirmed.