Reviewed: July, 2018
Released: 2018, Century Media
Reviewer: Gabor Csete
I am not a big fan of progressive melodeath, but for f***’s sake, Barren Earth got me. I am going to be super honest, the clean vocals were annoying for me. Still I want to listen to ‘A Complex Of Cages’ again and again. Weird.
Seriously, there is nothing on this album I can say anything negative about (not even about the annoying clean vocals). The sound is amazing and every musician knows their instrument. Usually I am against synthesizers, but it gives so much atmosphere to each and every song on ‘A Complex Of Cages’.
Another thing which usually makes me feel I want to jump out of a window are folk elements, but Barren Earth fit it in to their music well, and it’s the same with other musical elements from different genres (the keyboards have a really trippy ’70s Hammond organ sound sometimes).
Some might think that a review should contain more information but I am out of words. ‘A Complex Of Cages’ is a fun album to listen to, over and over again.
As far as progressive death metal goes, these Finnish guys are the masters of it. I listened their previous efforts out of curiosity, and Barren Earth have evolved album by album.
I have no clue how they’ve never been on my radar before but from now on I am going to look out for them for sure.
01. The Living Fortress
02. The Ruby
03. Further Down
06. Solitude Pith
Janne Perttilä – guitar, backing vocals
Sami Yli-Sirniö – guitar, backing vocals
Olli-Pekka Laine – bass, backing vocals
Marko Tarvonen – drums
Jón Aldará – lead vocals
Antti Myllynen – keyboards