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3.93 | 30 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2012

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Passing of the Crimson Shadows (7:18)
2. The Rains Begin (4:55)
3. Vintage Warlords (4:32)
4. As It Is Written (7:30)
5. The Dead Exiles (6:22)
6. Oriental Pyre (5:18)
7. White Fields (5:00)
8. Where All Stories End (5:55)

Total Time 46:50

Bonus tracks on CD:
9. Martyrs of Devotion (3:24)
10. World in Haze (7:33)

Line-up / Musicians

- Mikko Kotamäki / lead vocals
- Olli-Pekka Laine / bass, backing vocals
- Kasper Mårtenson / keyboards, backing vocals
- Janne Perttilä / guitar, backing vocals
- Marko Tarvonen / drums
- Sami Yli-Sirniö / guitar, backing vocals

Releases information

CD version contains two bonus tracks not available on the vinyl version of the album.
Recorded and produced by Jukka Varmo and Barren Earth at Helsinki's Sonic Pump Studios.

Released March 12, 2012 on Peaceville Records

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BARREN EARTH The Devil's Resolve ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(57%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
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Review by UMUR
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4 stars "The Devil's Resolve" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Finnish death/doom metal act Barren Earth. The album was released through Peaceville Records in March 2012. Barren Earth features quite a few prolific Finnish musicians like former Amorphis bassist Olli-Pekka Laine, guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö (Kreator, Waltari) and drummer Marko Tarvonen (Moonsorrow) and I guess that qualifies to be called a Finnish metal supergroup.

The fact that the band are made up of very seasoned musicians is audible, as everything is delivered with conviction and a rare profesionalism. In addition to the "core" death/doom metal sound on the album, there are also a couple of semi-progressive tendencies featured in the music. It´s especially audible in the longer tracks like album opener "Passing of the Crimson Shadows" and "As it is Written". The addition of ethnic folk elements makes me think of Amorphis more than one time during the playing time. A reference which is further enhanced by the clean/growling vocal delivery and the use of organs/keyboards. I guess you can add a slight Opeth influence to the equation, but that´s only when Barren Earth are most progressive. The tracks are made up of epic heavy riffing and more atmospheric sections. There is good variation on the album and that provides "The Devil's Resolve" with a longivity factor that not all releases possess.

"The Devil's Resolve" is a heavy and quite intriguing album and the fact that it´s well produced (in the more polished end of the style) and very well played, are not exactly negatives either. To fans of the style this should be a real treat. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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4 stars Barren Earth - "The Devil's Resolve" 13/20 44th place album of the year 2012 Barren Earth are a 'supergroup' of sorts. Created out of current and former members of two of my favourite bands in the melodeath scene, Amorphis and Swallow the Sun, and a few other bands I will have to check out, M ... (read more)

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