Nailed To Obscurity Posts First Video Diary From Amorphis/Soilwork Tour

German melodic death/doom metallers Nailed To Obscurity released their Nuclear Blast debut “Black Frost” last week whilst on the road with label mates Amorphis and Soilwork. Today the band has launched a tour trailer documenting life on the road, which can be viewed below.

Black Frost was recorded at Woodshed Studio (near Landshut, Germany) with producer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress, Barren Earth, Obscura etc.) – the artwork was once again designed by Santiago Caruso.

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Demons & Wizards, Threshold And More Confirmed For Progpower USA 2019 Lineup

The organisers of the ProgPower USA festival has announced the lineup for next year’s edition of the event. Among the bands performing over the four day show will be Demons & Wizards, featuring Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, Swedish progressive metal outfit Evergrey and Finnish melodic death metal band, Insomnium. The festival takes place on September 6th and 7th. The complete roster is available below.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00am EST.

Day 1:
Pretty Maids
Insomnium
Secret Sphere
Iron Mask

Day 2:
Evergrey
Galneryus
MaYaN
Tomorrow’s Eve

Day 3:
Seventh Wonder
Orden Ogan
Psychotic Waltz
Barren Earth
Subsignal
Wind Rose

Day 4:
Demons & Wizards
Threshold
Poets of the Fall
Caligula’s Horse
Jag Panzer
Sorcerer

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Barren Earth Recruits New Keyboardist Antti Myllynen

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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BARREN EARTH – gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album!

Finnish progressive death metal outfit BARREN EARTH is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s “On Lonely Towers” at Woodshed Studios in March with producer V. Santura. Vocalist Jón comments, “We are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt […]

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BARREN EARTH – gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album!

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Barren Earth To Record New Album In 2017

Barren Earth just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album:

“Hello friends! A bit of news for you: Barren Earth is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s ‘On Lonely Towers.’ We have booked Woodshed Studios for March and April, where we will work under Victor Santura’s watching eye.

“A ton of material has already been written, and it would be safe to say already now that it will differ quite strongly from our previous works. To be specific, we are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!

“The songs are very varied, so it’s going to be extremely interesting to create an integrated entity for you to enjoy.”

This is how Mr. Santura comments on the cooperation: “Actually I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I’ve heard so far sounds very promising, so I hope that the recording- and mixing sessions will be a great pleasure.”

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Barren Earth To Record New Album In 2017

Barren Earth just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to hit the studio and track a new album:

“Hello friends! A bit of news for you: Barren Earth is currently preparing to record the follow-up to 2015’s ‘On Lonely Towers.’ We have booked Woodshed Studios for March and April, where we will work under Victor Santura’s watching eye.

“A ton of material has already been written, and it would be safe to say already now that it will differ quite strongly from our previous works. To be specific, we are working towards a darker and more aggressive feel, which we attempt to express both experimentally and with a good dose of blunt force!

“The songs are very varied, so it’s going to be extremely interesting to create an integrated entity for you to enjoy.”

This is how Mr. Santura comments on the cooperation: “Actually I am really excited about working with Barren Earth! The guys are fantastic musicians and the demo material I’ve heard so far sounds very promising, so I hope that the recording- and mixing sessions will be a great pleasure.”

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Barren Earth Announces Tour Dates With Insomnium, Wolfheart

Progressive death metal band Barren Earth has announced a new European tour alongside Insomnium and Wolfheart this coming January, 2017. Dates for the “Winter’s Gate 2017” trek are as follows:

Jan 11 Matrix Bochum, Germany
Jan 12 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
Jan 13 Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium
Jan 14 O’TOTEM Rillieux La Pape, France
Jan 15 Le Petit bain Paris, France
Jan 16 Rainbow Warehouse Birmingham, United Kingdom
Jan 17 Sound Control Manchester, United Kingdom
Jan 18 O2 Academy Islington London, United Kingdom
Jan 19 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Netherlands
Jan 20 Cruenspan Hamburg, Germany
Jan 21 From Hell Erfurt, Germany
Jan 22 Lido Berlin, Germany
Jan 24 Futurum Prague, Czech Republic
Jan 25 Im Wizemann Stuttgart, Germany
Jan 26 Szene Wien, Austria
Jan 27 Technikum Munich, Germany
Jan 28 Dynamo Zurich, Switzerland

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Lyric Video For New Track “A Shapeless Derelict” Posted By Barren Earth

Finnish metal act Barren Earth released a lyric video for the new track “A Shapeless Derelict.” The song will appear on the upcoming new release “On Lonely Towers,” which is available via Century Media Records on March 30th, 2015 (EU) and March 24th, 2015 (North America).

“On Lonely Towers” was mixed by Petri Majuri and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios. The artwork – shown below – was created by Travis Smith.

The title track is available as a stream over at this location.

Check out “A Shapeless Derelict” here:

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By The Patient Posts New Song “Web Of Beliefs”

By The Patient’s new single “Web of Beliefs” – taken from the forthcoming album “Gehenna” – can now be heard below. Pre-orders can be placed over here.

The previously released track “Deceiver” can also be heard over at this location. The album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Ruled By The Dead
2. Deceiver
3. Gehenna
4. Web of Beliefs
5. The Sleep
6. Snakes
7. Nat
8. This Barren Earth
9. Omnivore

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Barren Earth Signs With Century Media, Finishes New Album

Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Barren Earth.

Combining elements of modern and traditional death metal with 70’s prog rock and folk, Barren Earth – now reinforced by Faroese native lead singer Jón Aldará – managed to build up an excellent reputation with only two albums.

Debut “Curse Of The Red River” (2010 – reviewed here) and its follow-up “The Devil’s Resolve” (2012 – reviewed here) have already solidified the band as one of the most promising upcoming acts of the genre.

The band comments: “It’s the middle of a long, dark and cold winter here in Finland, however there’s no limit to our excitement as the future looks really bright today! We have a new set of music about to be released, having worked our asses off to create not just another album but a piece of real substance and weight in a world of cheap thrills and quickly forgotten gimmicks. We really poured our hearts and souls on this one and it’s by far our best work yet.

“For this most important release in our career, it was obvious we should only be partnering with the best possible label – nothing less than the mighty Century Media. We truly feel we could not be in better hands. This is where we want to be, the stars are aligned and all the ducks are in a row – 2015 is going to be the biggest year ever for Barren Earth!”

Jens Prüter, Head Of A&R Century Media Europe comments: “I still remember hearing the early Barren Earth demos six years ago in November 2008. We all liked it but one reason or another we were not then able to sign them. Fail. These fine gentlemen from Finland have now created and developed into a serious force in progressive death/doom metal. The band had progressed into one of the most interesting bands of the genre – mainly because they go beyond the boundaries of any genre and create a dark world of their own. It takes a while to fully get into their sound universe, but that’s what I like even more in our short-lived time. I’m sure the new album will be a timeless classic and I want to thank Barren Earth for knocking at our door again.”

Barren Earth recently finished the recordings for a third studio album, which is scheduled to be released in early 2015. Details on that will be released shortly.

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