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Below is our complete Barren Earth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Barren Earth Recruits New Keyboardist

Keyboardist Antti Myllynen has officially joined the ranks of Barren Earth as the band works on a new album. Barren Earth issued this update:

"Greetings Barren Earthlings! We would like to welcome and present Antti Myllynen as the new keyboardist of Barren Earth. He is a passionate and incredibly talented player who rocked with us on our recent European tour. He is also highly involved in perfecting the new songs, and his creativity is bringing the upcoming album to previously unexplored musical territory on the Barren Earthscape. A dream scenario for us! At the same time, we would like to thank Kasper Mårtenson for his amazing contribution to Barren Earth and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Mårtenson issued this statement about the situation: "Dear fans of Barren Earth, It is with sadness that I have the following announcement to make. After eight years, sixty-four gigs, three albums and one EP with Barren Earth I have decided to leave the band. At this moment I feel, and actually have been feeling for quite a while, that with Barren Earth I have achieved what I was hoping to achieve back when the band started. I don’t believe that the band could continue to fulfill my musical interests, and I’ll be focusing on gentler stuff in the future.

"There is no ill will whatsoever involved in this. I have had a helluva good time in Barren Earth, have many great memories to cherish, and we remain friends. And this is not to say I won’t be playing with Oppu, Marko, Sami, Janne and Jón ever again in one context or another. But as it stands right now, I’m off."

Barren Earth will continue working on the new album to follow 2015's "On Lonely Towers," which will be immortalized this spring in V. Santura’s Woodshed Studios. More...

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Barren Earth Entering The Studio

Finnish progressive death metal outfit Barren Earth is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015's "On Lonely Towers" (reviewed here) at Woodshed Studios in March with producer V. Santura.

Vocalist Jón comments: "We are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!"

Bassist Oppu adds, "The melodic and melancholic side is naturally still there, but spiced with a touch of anger and groove. I'm also looking forward of working with Victor, since we all appreciate his previous work. It also is the first time Barren Earth works with a proper producer, and are very excited about the idea of bringing somebody else into the mix and seeing where that takes us."

This is how V. Santura comments on the cooperation: "I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I've heard so far sounds very promising." More...

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Barren Earth To Record New Album

Barren Earth just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album:

"Hello friends! A bit of news for you: Barren Earth is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s 'On Lonely Towers.' We have booked Woodshed Studios for March and April, where we will work under Victor Santura’s watching eye.

"A ton of material has already been written, and it would be safe to say already now that it will differ quite strongly from our previous works. To be specific, we are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!

"The songs are very varied, so it’s going to be extremely interesting to create an integrated entity for you to enjoy."

This is how Mr. Santura comments on the cooperation: “Actually I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I’ve heard so far sounds very promising, so I hope that the recording- and mixing sessions will be a great pleasure.” More...

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Barren Earth Announces Tour With Insomnium

Progressive death metal band Barren Earth has announced a new European tour alongside Insomnium and Wolfheart this coming January, 2017. Dates for the "Winter's Gate 2017" trek are as follows:

Jan 11 Matrix Bochum, Germany
Jan 12 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
Jan 13 Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium
Jan 14 O'TOTEM Rillieux La Pape, France
Jan 15 Le Petit bain Paris, France
Jan 16 Rainbow Warehouse Birmingham, United Kingdom
Jan 17 Sound Control Manchester, United Kingdom
Jan 18 O2 Academy Islington London, United Kingdom
Jan 19 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Netherlands
Jan 20 Cruenspan Hamburg, Germany
Jan 21 From Hell Erfurt, Germany
Jan 22 Lido Berlin, Germany
Jan 24 Futurum Prague, Czech Republic
Jan 25 Im Wizemann Stuttgart, Germany
Jan 26 Szene Wien, Austria
Jan 27 Technikum Munich, Germany
Jan 28 Dynamo Zurich, Switzerland More...

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Dark Bombastic Evening Documentary Posted Online

Romanian video editor Gina Sandulescu has released an hour long documentary chronicling the 7th edition of the Dark Bombastic Evening festival that took place last month.

The documentary features interviews with Jon Aldara (Hamferð, Barren Earth), Stefan Belda (Prophecy Productions), Neige (Alcest, Sylvaine), Mihai 'Coro' Caraveteanu (Axa Valaha Productions) and many more. More...

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The Best Heavy Metal Cover Art From 2015

Inspired by Oscuro's “...And Justice For Art” series, I decided to take a look back at some of the metal cover art from 2015 that has stuck with me into the new year.

With hundreds (thousands?) of metal releases every year, there's a ton of artwork that gets splashed across my screen on any given day. While some of it is godawful, for the most part heavy metal gets album artwork right and really creates moods and tones you don't get with the cover designs of other genres.

From Vincent Locke's infamous Cannibal Corpse watercolors to the many, many different cover pieces by Travis Smith, there's some truly iconic artwork in metal and a ton of ground covered in terms of styles and themes.

This past year we got some really great cover art in just about every sub-genre. Unfortunately sometimes killer album art does not mean there will be equally killer music inside, though. The one imbalance that stands out most for me this year was the Marco Hassman cover for Contrarian's “Polemic.”

That cover is jaw-dropping, but it's also intensely interesting in the details. I mean, that's a giant space marlin, and it's apparently engaged in battle with regular old non-organic, metal ships. Everything about that makes me want to hear the album in question. Unfortunately the music didn't grab me (the vocals in particular killed my enjoyment, and the instrumentation was pretty standard tech death), but the artwork unquestionably did its job here.

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Barren Earth Posts "Set Alight" Video

The progressive death metal giants from Barren Earth just released a new video clip taken off freshly released album "On Lonely Towers."

Be sure to read our review of the album right here and check out the clip for "Set Alight" below. The full album's track listing is:

1. From The Depths Of Spring (1:25)
2. Howl (5:40)
3. Frozen Processions (4:52)
4. A Shapeless Derelict (7:33)
5. Set Alight (7:27)
6. On Lonely Towers (11:52)
7. Chaos The Songs Within (7:45)
8. Sirens Of Oblivion (7:02)
9. The Vault (11:07) More...

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Barren Earth Posts Lyric Video For New Track

Finnish metal act Barren Earth released a lyric video for the new track "A Shapeless Derelict." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "On Lonely Towers," which is available via Century Media Records on March 30th, 2015 (EU) and March 24th, 2015 (North America).

"On Lonely Towers" was mixed by Petri Majuri and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios. The artwork - shown below - was created by Travis Smith.

The title track is available as a stream over at this location.

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Barren Earth Streams New Album's Title Track

Finnish progressive death metal outfit Barren Earth, now reinforced by Faroese native lead singer Jón Aldará, just launched the title track from an upcoming third full-length.

The album will be entitled "On Lonely Towers" and will be released via Century Media Records on March 30th, 2015 in Europe and March 24th, 2015 in North America.

Bassist Olli-Pekka Laine comments: "During the writing process of the album, we did many things from a totally new perspective. If there ever was a certain pattern in a basic Barren Earth song, this time we consciously tried to think things differently. Many other things changed too, some of them unintentionally, some of them willfully. A new production team, a new front man, a new record label... The list goes on.

"With the first song representing the album, we make no exception. Instead of putting out a song in a typical verse-chorus form, we thought that this 3-piece boulder would stand for the album better. It demands some concentration from the listener, but patience is rewarded in the end! So there you are, the title track of the upcoming album, On Lonely Towers."

Vocalist Jón Aldará adds: "On Lonely Towers can be considered a centrepiece of the album concept; stringing together the different storylines from the other songs, uniting the main characters and finally bringing a sense of hope to their struggles. It is also the song which inspired Travis Smiths beautifully crafted album cover."

"On Lonely Towers" was mixed by Petri Majuri and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios. The artwork was created by no other than Travis Smith.

This new album follows previous releases "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here) and "Curse of the Red River" (reviewed here). More...

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Barren Earth Signs With Century Media

Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Barren Earth.

Combining elements of modern and traditional death metal with 70's prog rock and folk, Barren Earth - now reinforced by Faroese native lead singer Jón Aldará - managed to build up an excellent reputation with only two albums.

Debut "Curse Of The Red River" (2010 - reviewed here) and its follow-up "The Devil's Resolve" (2012 - reviewed here) have already solidified the band as one of the most promising upcoming acts of the genre. More...

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Roundtrip To Hel, Part I

THURSDAY, 6/27 - 13:30

“Tuska?”

Unmistakable, husky German accent behind me. I glance over my shoulder, turn, step aside the river of disembarking passengers from the Lufthansa Airbus parked out in the drizzly gray. The veteran green-fatigue-jacketed metalhead, balding, sporting a life-without-parole graying goatee, sticks out his hand.

“Holger. Nuclear Blast.” We shake, he grins and nods at the Testament logo above my lapel, only partially obscured by my boarding pass. He slips me a company card - “Holger Tiefenbach, Distribution & Marketing” - and lifts a finger toward a sign down the corridor: “Matkatavarat.” Luggage.

As we stride through Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, locate the carousel for Flight 848 from Frankfurt, and wait for our suitcases to materialize - I was forced to check mine at the last minute and have since developed acute missing-luggage paranoia - Holger brings me up to speed on our shared reason for being here: Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, sixteen years running, 2014 edition set to kick off tomorrow afternoon.

“It used to be held in Kaisaniemi Park, right in the middle of the city. It was the greatest. You’d show up, basically have an afternoon at the park, and then head straight to the bars nearby, when the sun was just barely set.” He seems to almost sigh while tossing off a plaintive, what-are-you-gonna-do shrug. “They moved the location three, four years ago.”

“So it’s not as much fun now?” I want to get my finger on the pulse of conventional wisdom.

He’s quick to clarify. “It’s still awesome. The new location just took some getting used to.” On our painless stroll through the open doorway that passes for an immigration barrier - the stamps and stern looks and “papers, please” stuff was handled back in Germany, natch - Holger gives an inside view of current happenings back at the Nuclear Blast bunker.

“We spent a lot of time promoting that Tuomas Holopainen solo album - the one about Scrooge McDuck,” he tells me. I haven’t heard it, and ask him how it is. “Not metal. That’s how it is,” he chuckles. “But cool if you’re into that wacky stuff, like the last Nightwish album.

“And we signed Slayer!” He clenches a victorious fist like a kid receiving his BB gun on Christmas. “Finally.”

We’ve reached the Arrivals lobby, and a leather-jacketed brunette gives a wave. Rachel Roth (WandererOfKalevala), Metalunderground.com photographer and correspondent, currently residing in Vantaa. We have a bus to catch, and before parting ways with Holger, I bum a cigarette, pocketing the e-cig I’ve been abusing for two months.

I make a half-hearted promise to myself not to do this too much during Tuska (and not to beat myself up for doing just that). Rationalization is still the great human sport. More...

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Barren Earth Recording New Album

Finnish melodic death/doom outfit Barren Earth recruited new vocalist Jón Aldará earlier this year, and now the band is finally recording an upcoming album.

Photos from the band's time in the studio working on this third full-length album can be seen over at Facebook. The currently untitled album follows 2012's "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here) and debut full-length "Curse of the Red River" from 2010 (reviewed here).

Further details on the album are forthcoming. Barren Earth consists of:

Jón Aldará - lead vocals
Sami Yli-Sirniö - guitars
Janne Perttilä - guitars
Olli-Pekka Laine - bass
Kasper Mårtenson - keyboards
Marko Tarvonen - drums More...

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Barren Earth Reveals New Vocalist

Barren Earth is excited to welcome Faroese native Jón Aldará as the band's new lead vocalist. The group has been busy fine-tuning and demoing songs for a third full-length album which it plans to start recording during spring 2014.

Jón Aldárá comments: "As a fan of Barren Earth from the very beginning, I had no doubts about showing my interest in the singer position. And now that things have started rolling and I've had some time to look at the new material, I'm extremely excited to be part of the band's future. Now let's rock!"

Barren Earth's Janne Perttilä adds: "Jón is a friend with a strong voice that simply is no less than a perfect fit for our material - old and new. I was grinning like crazy as we ran through a handful of new songs at our first rehearsal with him after sending demos back and forth over email the past couple of months, everything was just sounding so good. There's just no way to put this without sounding cliched as hell but his contribution to the new material has indeed already taken the sound of the band to a new level. Can't wait to hit the stage and the studio!"

Barren Earth is:

Jón Aldará - lead vocals
Sami Yli-Sirniö - guitars
Janne Perttilä - guitars
Olli-Pekka Laine - bass
Kasper Mårtenson - keyboards
Marko Tarvonen - drums More...

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Barren Earth Issues Vocalist Update

Prog/death metal band Barren Earth parted ways with vocalist Mikko Kotamäki in July of 2013, and the band recently checked in with the following update:

"Hello friends. As you know, Barren Earth has been short of a vocalist since last July. During the fall we learnt that replacing a front figure is not the most effortless mission to do.

"But you may start holding your breath now, because we have an announcement coming next week. We are pretty excited about the situation and confidently looking forward to the year 2014. For now, have a good one and check you soon!"

Today the band also issued this statement postponing the announcement: "Hi metalheads! We know that you're all anxious to find out the upcoming BE-lineup. We apologize for the delay, but we have to second the last week's update. There will be news in a few days... NEXT TUESDAY to be precise! So for now, chill down and enjoy your weekend!!"

Barren Earth released "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here) in 2012, which followed debut studio album "Curse of the Red River" (reviewed here).

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Barren Earth Splits With Vocalist

Progressive death metal act Barren Earth has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:

"Dear friends, we regret to announce the departure of Mikko Kotamäki from Barren Earth.

"Due to conflicting schedules, Mikko cannot contribute to Barren Earth's activities any longer. The decision was made by mutual agreement with absolutely no drama involved.

"We will keep working on new material, and will launch search for a new vocalist shortly. Barren Earth wants to thank Mikko for his crucial input for Barren Earth's works and wishes him all the best in the future."

Barren Earth released latest full-length album "The Devil's Resolve" last year (reviewed here), which was the follow-up to debut studio album "Curse of the Red River" (reviewed here).

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Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2012, Day 1

We were greeted with the first hints of summer upon arriving at Suvilahti for day one of Tuska Open air metal festival. Ahead was three full days of metal, with a lineup that would please even the trickiest of metal fans. With program guide in hand, with the most interesting acts already chosen; Day one began.

Starting the festival was Finnish thrash metallers Profane Omen. They were a perfect choice to start the weekend, and although the start time was quite early for many, Profane Omen infused the crown that arrived with enough energy to shake off even the most persistent drowsiness. Jules didn’t allow for lethargic audience members with his typical stage antics of headbanging and giving each and every song his all. They played a healthy mix of old songs and new and thus began Tuska 2012.

One thing that was quite difficult was managing take in all the festival had to offer. Having a nasty case of strep all weekend, I was lucky to be able to keep up the pit hopping and running from stage to stage to see as many acts as possible. Starting a mere 15 minutes after Profane Omen was Alcest. More...

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Barren Earth Issues Tour Recap

Progressive death metal act Barren Earth has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent tour dates in Finland:

"With Barren Earth’s Finnish Tour almost complete it is now time to reflect upon some of the gigs and the circumstances surrounding them.

"The opening gig of the tour, which was also the album launch gig, took place at one of the more prestigious venues in Finland, namely the Tavastia club. The gig was originally booked to Dom where we’d played a couple of times before. Unfortunately, Dom decided to close shop and all its gigs were transferred to Virgin Oil Co. As it happened, this resulted in several double bookings, including our date. The reggae act The Capital Beat was deemed to have a bigger status than Barren Earth and therefore it was up to us to find a new venue. Luckily, Tavastia neatly happened to have a cancellation for Thursday March 15. We jumped at the possibility to play there and grabbed the date.

"The week prior to the gig was spent rehearsing, either individually or collectively. There was quite a lot of rehearsing to do, since we hadn’t played together in almost 6 months. Additionally, we would be playing a whole bunch of new songs which had never been played live before. There was some speculation on whether we’d even be able to play some of those songs live because of their intricate nature… More...

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Pit Stories: A Romantic Entanglement

Each week we track down musicians from every genre of metal to get their most memorable mosh pit stories. For this week's look at the pit, guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö of Kreator and progressive death metal act Barren Earth shares the following story of a (brief) "romantic" entanglement:

Through the years I´ve seen lots of odd things in the pit. Usually unintentional. But it was only very recently during a Kreator show in Oslo I spotted an extremely intoxicated young couple having sex against the crowd barrier. Most of their clothes were on but the poor girl got seriously rammed to the straight-forward rhythm of the song "Pleasure to Kill." This was merely the shortened version of the song but nevertheless the guy finished before the tune was over. I had serious difficulties beginning the next song because I had to laugh so much. It was a Saturday night in Norway and everyone in the audience was so drunk that hardly anyone even noticed the happy and "romantic" incident in the pit. I bet it happens all the time.

In related band news, Kreator will be releasing the new album "Phantom Antichrist" on June 1st, 2012 (Europe) and June 5th, 2012 (North America), while Barren Earth recently dropped sophomore full-length "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here).

Metalunderground.com recently had the pleasure of premiering three songs online from the new Barren Earth album, and the band also dropped a music video for "The Rains Begin," which can be viewed here.

Check back in again next Tuesday to find more pit stories from metal fans and band members.

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Barren Earth at Tavastia

It was a gorgeous sunny spring day in Helsinki last Thursday, perhaps unfitting for the precursor to a metal show, and yet it only heightened my appreciation for the happenings of the evening. Following the release of the latest album “The Devil’s Resolve” Barren Earth kicked off another Finnish tour last Thursday. The first show of the tour had the supergroup playing at the legendary Tavastia, in Helsinki Finland. More...

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Barren Earth Streaming New Track Online

After previously premiering three new songs online through Metalunderground.com, Finland’s face of progressive death metal, Barren Earth, has teamed up with The A.V. Club to premiere a fourth new track.

The song “As It Is Written,” from the band’s impending sophomore release, "The Devil’s Resolve," is now available for streaming here. "The Devil’s Resolve" will hit stores next week, on March 13th, via Peaceville Records and the track listing is as follows:

1. Passing Of The Crimson Shadows
2. The Rains Begin
3. Vintage Warlords
4. As It Is Written
5. The Dead Exiles
6. Oriental Pyre
7. White Field
8. Where All Stories End
9. Martyrs of Devotion (Special Edition)
10. World in Haze (Special Edition)

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. For more of Barren Earth, check out the band's recently posted music video for "The Rains Begin" at this location.

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