Barren Earth – A Complex Of Cages

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Reviewed: July, 2018
Released: 2018, Century Media
Rating: 4.5/5
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
04. Zeal
05. Scatterprey
06. Solitude Pith
07. Dysphoria
08. Spire
09. Withdrawal

Line up:

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