Finnish progressive death metallers BARREN EARTH have announced the addition of Faroese native Jón Aldará as the band's new lead vocalist.
The group, which features in its ranks KREATOR guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö, has been busy fine-tuning and demoing songs for its third full-length album, with plans to start recording during the spring.
"As a fan of BARREN EARTH from the very beginning, I had no doubts about showing my interest in the singer position," says Jón Aldárá. "And now that things have started rolling and I've had some time to look at the new material, I'm extremely excited to be part of the band's future. Now let's rock!"
Adds BARREN EARTH guitarist Janne Perttilä: "Jón is a friend with a strong voice that simply is no less than a perfect fit for our material — old and new.
"I was grinning like crazy as we ran through a handful of new songs at our first rehearsal with him after sending demos back and forth over e-mail the past couple of months, everything was just sounding so good.
"There's just no way to put this without sounding clichéd as hell, but his contribution to the new material has indeed already taken the sound of the band to a new level.
"Can't wait to hit the stage and the studio!"
BARREN EARTH 2014 is:
Jón Aldará - Lead Vocals
Sami Yli-Sirniö - Guitar
Janne Perttilä - Guitar
Olli-Pekka Laine - Bass
Kasper Mårtenson - Keyboards
Marko Tarvonen – Drums
In July 2013, BARREN EARTH parted ways with vocalist Mikko Kotamäki "due to conflicting schedules."
BARREN EARTH's sophomore full-length album, "The Devil's Resolve", was released in North America in March 2012 via Peaceville Records. The effort was made available on CD and vinyl, with artwork provided by notable U.S.-based artist Paul Romano (MASTODON). The LP was mixed by Dan Swanö (OPETH, KATATONIA) at Unisound in Sweden.
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