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Barren Earth Posts Wave Gotik Treffen Show Report

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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.

"Upon realizing that there would be no sleep, I started reading a newspaper. Curiously, my eyes immediately fell upon a piece of travel news. The story read that there is a growing number of hotels which have announced a ban on children and are thus reserved strictly for adults. Reading this story, with the nightmarish live Dolby Surround 5.1 shrieking going on around me, I couldn’t help but envision a golden future for adult-only airlines too...

"But maybe I’m being too harsh on the kids. After all, it could be that they were only expressing unhappiness with the quality of the airline food. And if that was the case, not only would I have forgiven them, but probably joined in the chorus too…

"From Berlin airport we were driven to Leipzig. The distance is about 190 km, but as it is autobahn all the way, we were at our destination in no more than 90 minutes.

"Walking around in the beautiful city of Leipzig, it became obvious that something special was going on. Goths of all shapes and sizes were meandering about, and some of the costumes and makeups were truly breath-taking. I don’t know what the proper gothic dress code is, but people were certainly not underdressed. If anyone was underdressed it was us, and I have to admit at feeling a bit naked in a plain denim jacket, a T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

"The venue we played in was an old GDR-era mass hall. We were going on as the second act on the bill. The opening band was Eyes Shut Tight. And tight they were. The band, that is, not the shut eyes. In addition to the tightness, they had 2 naked female dancers and an Indian Chief in full body paint playing the keyboards. A tough act to follow, then. But on we ploughed, shamelessly. It was a shame, though, that the hour was quite early (17:15, to be precise) as the hall was still filled with daylight. But luckily the overall lighting was somewhat darkened by the ever growing mass of darkly clad audience members, so the atmosphere too was getting gloomier (and better!) as the set progressed.

"It wasn’t the tightest performance of our career, but it was fun nevertheless, and it felt good to be playing in front of an audience, after having spent a long period of playing in front of a microphone, a studio mixing desk, and an engineer.

"It would’ve been pleasant to stay in Leipzig for a further while, and as a matter of fact Marko and Janne did, since they had a Moonsorrow gig there 2 days later. As for the rest of us, we had an early flight back to Helsinki the following day.

"The situation next morning was in fact quite similar to the situation of the previous morning. As there once again had been very little sleep during the night, it was hoped that maybe one could doze off during the drive from Leipzig to Berlin. Alas, that was not to be.

"There were 3 sleep-hindering factors. Firstly, our chauffeur preferred to play his music very loud. Secondly, he was rather flatulent. Thirdly, because of the second factor, for ventilational purposes he habitually rolled down his window, which in a car doing about 170 km/h is no silent business. So, if one was lucky enough to have fallen asleep in spite of the loud music and the breaking of wind, he was guaranteed to be awakened at the latest by the opening of the window. Thus, the whole car journey was a mystical affair. Or maybe it was only now that we realized the true meaning of the road sign ‘Ausfahrt’…

"Only on the airplane was I able to have a proper nap, and be positively certain, that at least I wouldn't be awokened by any opening windows. And luckily, no pigs had been brought to the slaughter either."

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