CURSE OF THE RED RIVER
Feb 2nd, 2011
CURSE OF THE RED RIVER
Review by - Metalmom
Barren Earth was formed in Helsinki, Finland in the autumn of 2007. This new ambitious death/doom metal crossed with progressive and folk was originally conceived in 2006. The band members are all from internationally named bands make up what is now called BARREN EARTH. I am sure that you will recognize the names of Olli-Pekka Laine, bass (Amorphis), Marko Tarvonen, drums (Moonsorrow), Mikko Kotamaki, vocals (Swallow the Sun), Janne Perttila, guitar ( Moonsorrow) , Kasper Martenson, keyboards (Amorphis) and Sami Yli-Sirnio (Kreator).
The recording sessions started in late June 2009 at Seawolf Studios in Helsinki. The mixing and mastering was handled by Dan Swano (Opeth, Katatonia) of Unisound Studios in Sweden. Dan commented “One of the best albums I have ever had the priviledge to mix. The album is that good”. The artwork is done by Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath).
This Cd “Curse of the Red River” is approximately 55 minutes long. And for me, this cd review was a challenge, or so I thought, because I have never reviewed a CD that I have never heard of the band before. Well I can tell you that after listening to this CD 5 times, I was totally blown away. This modern traditional death metal / 70’s progressive rock mixed with a bit of folk and a little taste of doom metal, they had me hooked at their first song. They have a bit of all the metal genres in their style, and this works perfectly together. Their first song even has a flute solo, not what you would expect from a metal band, but makes a wonderful addition. The guitars are powerfully driven, the keyboards add a rich layer, the blasting drum beats are always the sound that seems to make the song complete. The songs themselves have a slow tempo that lead into a faster pace, and all done with ease, not just diving into their changes, its done with perfection. The vocals may be the harsh growling ones , but they are also ones you can understand, and again they switch off to a more gentle psychedelic slower folk style vocals. This album is well thought out and put together. An amazing feat considering all the styles of metal brought in to make this a flawless executed epic piece.
With that said I would recommend you take the time to listen to “Curse of the Red River” by BARREN EARTH. This CD has something for everyone.