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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. Titled '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 'Curse of the Red River' recording session took place at Seawolf Studios, Helsinki (Ghost Brigade), in Summer 2009 with mixing carried out by the prolific Dan Swanö at Unisound in Sweden (Katatonia, Opeth, etc) who commented, "One of the best albums I have ever had the privilege to mix. The album is THAT good!!?
Artwork comes courtesy of Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath).
Barren Earth recently 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.
'If you like your metal passionate, heaving with ideas and rich in substance, then Barren Earth are a band you need in your life.' Zero Tolerance
'Potent, aristocratic and utterly beautiful.' Terrorizer
'The debut album will be huge!' Rock Hard
'I can already predict a lot of success for Barren Earth. You'll hear a lot about this band in 2010' Metalstorm
'This collective has the talent of Opeth and they are not ashamed to show this influence, a new super band has been born' Lords of Metal
'Barren Earth challenged themselves and the metal scene. They created a masterpiece, earthshaking for every progressive and technical metal fan. With such an entrance, you are rarely forgotten!' Reflections of Darkness
1. Curse Of The Red River
2. Our Twilight (album mix)
3. Forlorn Waves
5. The Leer
6. The Ritual Of Dawn
7. Ere All Perish
8. Cold Earth Chamber
9. Deserted Morrows
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)