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Barren Earth is a finnish band from Helsinki, Uusimaa. Olli-Pekka Laine(Mannhai, ex-Amorphis amongst others) formed Barren Earth in 2007 after he had composed some tracks being stylistically very different for his current musical projects. He then gathered a line-up of well-known Finnish heavy metal musicians; Kasper Mårtenson(ex-Amorphis) on keyboards, Marko Tarvonen(Moonsorrow amongst others) on drums, Janne Perttilä(Rytmihäiriö, Lakupaavi) on guitars, Sami Yli-Sirniö(Kreator, Waltari) also on guitars, Mikko Kotamäki(Swallow the Sun) on vocals, with Oli handling bass duties. Though, in 2014 Jón Hansen(Hamferð) became the bands vocalist due to Mikko’s departure in 2013.

The music of Barren Earth combines elements of melodic and traditional death metal with ’70s prog rock and folk. Among the bands influences are artists such as Amorphis, Dan Swanö, Opeth, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and also some pioneers of Finnish prog.

Their first release, the Our Twilight four track EP, was released on 9th of November 2009 and a full length album Curse Of The Red River was released on 31st of March 2010. Their second full length, The Devil’s Resolve was released on March 7th 2012.

Barren Earth were the wiinners of “Year’s New Comer” in Finnish Metal Expo 2011.


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