The Ritual of Dawn, Noon, Sunset and Twilight: Listen to Barren Earth
Barren Earth. If the name doesn’t ring a 20-below-zero-apocalyptic-massive-melodic-death-and-doom-metal bell quite yet, it will soon. Formed in 2007, Barren Earth has been deemed a “Finnish supergroup,” as they are comprised of current and former members of Swallow the Sun, Amorphis and Moonsorrow.
Soon to embark on their first full tour ever, Barren Earth is guaranteed to leave a strong impact on metal fans with their fusion of Mikko Kotamäki’s intense, versatile vocals with huge melodies and influences from both death metal and progressive rock. Songs like “The Ritual of Dawn” and “Flicker” display tremendous versatility, power and creativity, sure to entrance upon first listen. Quick to express his enthusiasm about heading out of Helsinki for a while to enjoy the warmer temperatures in North America, the amiable guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö (who also plays in Waltari and German thrash metal band Kreator) took the time to speak with me this week about what fans can expect on the upcoming Finnish Metal tour.
Additionally, he talked about his musical influences, thoughts on the evolving technology of music and the death of the CD — plus the second Barren Earth album, soon to be mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Diabolical Masquerade, Edge of Sanity… well, anything pertaining to amazing Swedish music is related to this guy somehow). Fans will know Swanö was also at the helm of the band’s phenomenal debut, Curse of the Red River (Peaceville Records).
Barren Earth will play a 40-minute set on the Finnish Metal tour with Rotten Sound, Finntroll and Ensiferum, and they will be the first band to hit the stage at these shows so show up early. If you have the opportunity to see them, go for it. This is one of the most impressive new bands I’ve encountered in several years.