Barren Earth – The Curse of the Red River (2010)

Album Review

This Finnish art-doom band is something of an underground all-star project, featuring members or ex-members of Swallow the Sun, Kreator, Amorphis, Moonsorrow, and Chaosbreed. Some of those bands play rough, guttural thrash/death, and others explore arty, progressive avenues, and Barren Earth lie somewhere in between. They mix clean vocals with death growls in a way Opeth fans will find very familiar, and their riffs and drumbeats crash forward slowly like a boat breaking through ice. Toward the end of this album’s opening title track, acoustic guitar and flute break in, and the prog/Opeth feeling grows even stronger. Barren Earth do cultivate their own identity… Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

The prime mover in the band’s creation was bass player Olli-Pekka Laine. In 2007, his then-current band Mannhai was becoming less active. He also started to have some musical ideas not quite fitting Mannhai’s stoner-rock style of music. He tempted drummer Marko Tarvonen with death-metal ideas which was easy, as Tarvonen was eager to team up with Laine, and guitarist Janne Perttilä. Together they explained the new idea to keyboardist Kasper Mårtenson, who joined the group after a week’s contemplation. Laine and guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö had been planning to establish an “authentic” progressive-rock band. Barren Earth was not exactly or solely that, but nevertheless Yli-Sirniö agreed to step on board. The band still was short of a lead singer. They went into the studio and came out with an instrumental demo. Now Tarvonen… Read more on wikipedia.org

Tracks

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Curse of the Red River
Sami Yli-Sirniö
Barren Earth
                        7:51
2
Our Twilight [Album Mix]
Marko Tarvonen
Barren Earth
                        5:26
3
Forlorn Waves
Barren Earth
                        4:39
4
Flicker
Barren Earth
                        6:41
5
The  Leer
Barren Earth
                        4:56
6
The  Ritual of Dawn
Jussi K. Niemelä
Barren Earth
                        6:33
7
Ere All Perish
Mikko Kotamäki
Barren Earth
                        5:54
8
Cold Earth Chamber
Marko Tarvonen
Barren Earth
                        5:34
9
Deserted Morrows
Barren Earth
                        6:49