Barren Earth – A Complex of Cages

There is a complex emotional field with which fans of Barren Earth are faced when coming to listen to A Complex of Cages. It has been three years (and a week, at the time of writing this) since On Lonely Towers blew fans away; the Finnish band’s unique blend of progressive death hasn’t really been matched since. But can the new release live up to the expectations of the old? What will the second album featuring Jón Aldará (Hamferð) sound like? Will there be marked changes to the band’s sound and if so, how will they hold up?

Release Day Roundup – 3/30/18

Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure…