ARTIST:

BARREN EARTH

(FINLAND)
TITLE:

A COMPLEX OF CAGES

(2018)
LABEL:

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

TAGS:
Growl, Old School
""A Complex of Cages" is a condensed version of the best of progressive death metal and progressive rock from the 1970s."
STRUCK (15.03.2018)  
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While the masters of the original progressive death have totally disappeared from the metal scene (Edge of Sanity) or have changed course to turn towards a progressive rock tribute to the one of the 1970s (Opeth), the succession has never really been assured since. Finally, only Barren Earth is left who, since 9 years and the release of the ultra-promising EP "Our Twilight", has not stopped confirming its status through three deliveries noticed by the specialized press and a signature with the giant Century Media for the release of "On Lonely Towers".

Even if the instrumental beginning of 'The Living Fortress' will evoke more a Dream Theater era "Awake" and if the first lines of clear vocals will be able to destabilize the regulars of the genre, very quickly and from the first bars decorated with growls, there is no doubt that Barren Earth persists in pacing the sinuous paths of progressive death metal. This tendency is confirmed from the second track 'Ruby' and 'Further Down' sublimated by a furious and hypnotic rhythmic copied on 'Deliverance'. The parallel with Opeth v 1.0 is all the more obvious as Jón Aldará's guttural vocals are very close to Mikael Akerfeldt's.

Even if Barren Earth slows down the tempo with 'Zeal', it doesn't alter the exciting light and dark recipe we've heard since the beginning. In these conditions, the varied work of Antti Myllynen evoking most of the time Jon Lord is essential, as testifies the bewitching intro of 'Zeal' which could evoke the Ayreon of "Into the Electric Castle"... The folk notes which scattered the previous deliveries have almost disappeared, leaving only the oriental digressions on the cobbled 'Solitude Pith' which rises crescendo on a complex second part, as the band had done it successfully in the past on 'Oriental Pyre' taken from 'The Devil's Resolve'. The tracks follow one another without any respite until the final ballad 'Withdrawal' which closes this fourth chapter very gently. 

"A Complex of Cages" is a condensed version of the best of progressive death metal and progressive rock from the 1970s. The only element of possible dissatisfaction could reside in the clear vocals of Jón Aldará, quite far from the standards we are used to. It remains to be seen if the members of the line-up will continue to free up some time to pursue the Barren Earth adventure next to their respective bands, Amorphis, Kreator, Waltari, Moonsorrow and other Hamferð...


More informations on http://www.barrenearth.com/v2/index.html





TRACK LISTING:
01. Zeal
02. The Living Fortress
03. Ruby
04. Further Down
05. Scatterprey
06. Solitude Pith
07. Dysphoria
08. Spire
09. Withdrawal

LINEUP:
Antti Myllynen: Claviers
Janne Perttilä: Guitares
Jón Aldárá: Chant
Marko Tarvonen : Batterie
Oppu Laine: Basse
Sami Yli-sirniö: Guitares
   
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