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Barren Earth Recruits New Keyboardist Antti Myllynen

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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.

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