Singled Out: Barren Earth (Moonsorrow, Kreator, Swallow the Sun, and Amorphis)

Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Kasper Mårtenson from the new progressive metal supergroup Barren Earth tells us about "Forlorn Waves" from their brand new album "Curse of the Red River," which hits stores tomorrow!. We now turn it over to Kasper for the story:

Forlorn Waves stems from two melodies, which were originally used in a theatre play I wrote (and performed) the music for. It was an outdoors production, performed throughout the summer of 2007. Strangely enough, I played the music with an accordion! The main theme came about, while I was mucking about with the accordion. I started playing this certain melody. It had a folky feel from the start, obviously further enhanced by the accordion sound.

Later that same year, when Barren Earth was taking shape, I thought of that particular theme again, and whether I could employ it for the band. I knew it was a strong melody anyway, just wasn't sure if it would work in a metal context. So I rearranged the melody, combined it with another theme from the same play, then wrote a new verse and a middle section. It started to feel quite promising. Once we finally got to the stage where we as a band started playing it, it was like 'man, this is pretty powerful!'

So it went from 'this might work' via 'this actually works' to 'this works big-time!' In fact, right now I think I'll visit my personal archives of theatre music, and see if there's anything else worth using!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album - right here!

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