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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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Barren Earth Premieres Three New Tracks Online

Finnish death metal supergroup Barren Earth, featuring current and former members of acts such as Amorphis, Moonsorrow, Swallow the Sun, and Kreator, burst onto the metal scene in 2009 with the "Our Twilight" EP, which manged to pique the interest of fans of melodic death metal and Finnish doom acts.

When the follow-up debut full-length "Curse of the Red River" came around the next year it became apparent that Barren Earth would be at the forefront of the progressive death metal scene, mixing in elements of prog rock with influences from all the member's other projects.

The time has now come for Barren Earth to prove it can keep the momentum going and continue to provide quality death metal steeped in progressive and melodic sounds with the release of the new album "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here).

The album isn't set to drop until March 12th/13th, but Metalunderground.com is very proud to provide you with a preview of the first three tracks off the upcoming new opus. Get a taste of the coming prog/death madness by listening to "Passing of the Crimson Shadows," "The Rains Begin," and "Vintage Warlords" in the player below. Barren Earth also recently released a new music video for "The Rains Begin," which is available for viewing here.

The album's 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)

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Barren Earth Posts New Music Video

Finnish progressive death metal supergroup Barren Earth has teamed up with Zillo.de to release a new music video for the song "The Rains Begin." Check out the video clip below.

"The Rains Begin" is taken off the upcoming new album "The Devils Resolve," set for release on March 12th/13th, 2012. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Metalunderground.com will also be hosting an exclusive stream of three tracks from the album this coming March 5th.

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Barren Earth Working On Music Video

Finnish progressive death metal supergroup Barren Earth will soon be releasing the band's sophomore full-length album "The Devil's Resolve." Barren Earth has now checked in with the following announcement about working on a music video for a track off the album:

"We are happy to announce that work for the The Rains Begin music video is now almost complete and the premiere is expected early next week. You had better put on your rubber boots and take out your umbrella. The rains are about to begin!"

"The Devil’s Resolve" is due out on March 13th in North America on Peaceville Records, and Metalunderground.com will be premiering three tracks from the album prior to its release in early March. Stay tuned for further details. More...

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Barren Earth Streaming Sample From New Album

Finnish progressive death metal outfit Barren Earth has launched a mini-site in anticipation of its sophomore record, "The Devil’s Resolve." The site features an album sampler, teaser video, desktop background, studio diary and more at this location.

"The Devil’s Resolve" is due out on March 13th in North America on Peaceville Records and has the following track listing:

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) More...

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Barren Earth Comments On New Album Track Listing

Finnish progressive death metal act Barren Earth has issued the following statement about the track listing for the band's new album and plans for a special edition release:

"Hi y'all. There has been conflicting information about the new albums tracklist and the number and destination of bonus tracks.

"The fact of the matter is that the album will include 8 songs, not 9. The list of 9 tracks, as exemplified in the Record Shop X ad here, is based on the original version of the album the way it was planned last Autumn. It was later agreed, however, that the song order would be altered, and that one song, The Passage Unfolds, would be omitted. This has now happened, and the new 8-track list is out in the world. Unfortunately, also the 9-track list seems to persist. Do not take heed of this!

"Also in the pipeline is a special edition of the album with 2 bonus tracks: Martyrs Of Devotion and World In Haze. The fate of The Passage Unfolds is as of yet unclear, but it will probably also surface in one form or another at some point."

Barren Earth's new album "The Devil's Resolve" will see its North American release on March 13th, 2012 via Peaceville Records. More...

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Barren Earth Reveals "The Devil's Resolve" Art

Finnish progressive death metal group Barren Earth recently announced the new album "The Devil's Resolve" will see North American release on March 13th, 2012 via Peaceville Records. The band has now revealed the track listing and cover artwork for the both the CD and vinyl editions of the record, which are available below. Pre-orders are available at this location.

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 bonus)
10. World in Haze (Special edition bonus) More...

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Barren Earth Reveals New Album Release Date

Finland’s progressive death metal band, Barren Earth, has announced that its highly anticipated sophomore full-length, "The Devil’s Resolve," will hit stores in North America on March 13th via Peaceville Records.

"The Devil’s Resolve," which follows "Curse of the Red River" (reviewed here) will be released on CD and vinyl, with artwork provided by notable US-based artist Paul Romano (Mastodon).

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. According to a press release, "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." More...

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Barren Earth Posts Summer Breeze Footage

Finnish progressive death metal supergroup Barren Earth has posted footage online of the band performing "Flicker" at the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkesbühl. You can check out the clip below. "Flicker" is taken off the band's debut full-length "Curse of the Red River" (reviewed here).

Barren Earth also recorded a new album and follow-up to "Curse of the Red River" earlier this year. The band commented on the upcoming release, "The tracks mainly continue in the vein of the previous record, having perhaps even more 70’s prog influences, but maintaining the basic heaviness and brutality one has come to associate with Barren Earth." Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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Waltari Celebrates 25 Years of Music

Finnish metal band Waltari recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band. Formed in 1986, they’ve become known in their careers as a band that excels at combining different styles of music, especially creating diverse and refreshingly open minded variations within rock and metal. So it was only natural that at their anniversary show at Nosturi in Helsinki, some of the areas diverse quantity of musicians within the Finnish musical community (and a few other from other areas! ) would be taking the stage to perform with these heroes of rock.

First up to take the stage was Lord Bishop of Lord Bishop Rocks. I cannot stress the diversity of this show enough, especially in the case of getting to hear this upbeat 70’s influenced rock. The charismatic Lord Bishop played well with the musicians of Waltari, and the effect was an intro to the night that spoke purely of the good times ahead.

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Barren Earth Posts Wave Gotik Treffen Report

Finnish progressive death metal super group Barren Earth recently finished a stint in the studio recording the band's second full-length album. You can check out Metalunderground.com's interview with the band during the recording process by heading to this location.

Barren Earth has now also checked in with a report of the band's performance at the Wave Gotik Treffen festival. The blog post from the band reads as follows:

"After the 5-week tour of North America, there was a pause in concert activities for us. Wisely so, as time was spent on rehearsing new material and getting ready for the studio instead. Our first show in over 3 months was to take place on June 11 at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, immediately after the album recording sessions.

"As mentioned earlier, Sami was having a gig with Kreator that same day, so filling in for him was guitar maestro Markus Vanhala (Omnium Gatherum), once again.

"On Saturday morning the alarm clock was set for 04:00 am, so it was a pretty early rise. But earliness is a relative concept, since after calling a cab and picking up Mikko at 05:00, it was apparent that for him the hour was actually very late, since he was just coming from the bar…

"Our flight was from Helsinki to Berlin. Considering the earliness/lateness of the hour, I decided to get some sleep on the plane. Unfortunately, this was not to be an option. Being as we were seated behind and in front of families with small children, and crying small children at that, sleep kept eluding me. And when I say crying, I don’t mean as in sobbing, but more like as in screaming, or actually like as in hysterically shrieking.

"I have never been to a pig slaughter house, nor have I ever heard what kind of sound a pig makes whilst being slaughtered, but listening to the high pitched screams delivered on an equally high amplitude, I can’t imagine swine slaughter sounding too much different from the sounds heard on that plane. So, definitely no chance of dozing off. More...

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