The Devil's Resolve FinlandCountry Of Origin: Finland
Barren Earth  - The Devil's Resolve

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Passing Of The Crimson Shadows
The Rains Begin  Video
Vintage Warlords
As It Is Written
The Dead Exiles
Oriental Pyre
White Fields
Where All Stories End

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2012
Label: Peaceville Records
Categories: Death, Doom, Melodic, Progressive

MetalBite Review by Adam M on 4/6/2012
A nicely atmospheric work that has progressive tendencies is demonstrated by "The Devilís Resolve". Lots of keyboards other instrumentation recalls the likes of Amorphis in particular. There is a very similar folky feel on this album to what was shown on the "Elegy" release of that band and this "The Devilís Resolve" nearly reaches that level of greatness.

A stunning production job and an enthusiastic approach to song-writing make "The Devilís Resolve" a standout release for the band. Thereís a progressive nature to the songs that sometimes invokes feeling of the classic prog rock greats from the seventies, but most often brings up feelings of recent atmospheric giants like the aforementioned Amorphis as well as Opeth. The vocals invoke those of the lead singer of Amorphis as does some of the instrumentation. However, there are a few moments that recall the likes of Opeth. The highlight of this release is the track 'As It Is Written' which goes through a number of momentum shifts and a long running length, but has a build up towards the end that is particularly interesting. There many highlights to be found here, however and a great passion towards the musical impact of each track.

In the future, I hope the band continues to push their sound into interesting new directions and try to move their sound slightly further away from the realm of Amorphis. There are probably very promising things for the band. Iím greatly impressed with this album, however and it has a slight edge over the Sighís "In Somniphobia" as my favourite of 2012 thus far. "The Devilís Resolve" comes highly recommended.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9
Atmosphere: 9.5
Production: 9.5
Originality: 8
Overall: 9

Rating 9 out of 10