By: SamRating: 9.5/10Release: 18 May 2018Label: Nuclear Blast OK, I am not sure if there’s such a thing as 10 when reviewing am album, so I went with 9.5!!! The long awaited Amorphis album is an absolute beauty. The band reunites with bassist Olli-Pekka Laine for this album, and this …Continue reading →
Dong Open Air 14.06.2016 – 16-06-2016 Report by Rein Great little festival in western Germany The Germans have their own words for everything. So, calling this festival a hidden gem, in German you would address it as a ‘Geheimtipp’. And that is just what this festival is. Just over the …Continue reading →
Amorphis is currently touring through Europe again with their ‘Under the red cloud’ headline tour. Last year they released their 12th full length studio album and not so long ago they toured together with Nightwish as support act.
Before their show in Tilburg Tomi took some time to talk with me about their latest album, Finland, tattoos and more.
By: ColinRating: 8,5/10Release: 4-9-2015Label: Nuclear Blast Records Amorphis is a band that everyone knows by now. For 25 years they traveleverywhere and brought us many many albums. After touring for the 20th birthday of the legendary Tales from the Thousand Lakes album they know how to make there fans happy …Continue reading →
By: ColinPhotography; Ton Dekkers29-12-2014 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands In honor of the 20th anniversary of the legendary album Tales of the Thousand Lakes Amorphis has decided to do a special tour this year. The appetizer of tonight is the Swedish doom formation Avatarium. Musically it’s closest to bands like Candlemass, …Continue reading →
By: Nick Photography by: Toni B. Gunner – www.mondkringel-photography.de For many, many years people were telling me about Rockharz, and how I just had to go there. A festival with an average size (+/- 20.000 people) and a good, diverse line-up every year. There was enough to enjoy for fans …Continue reading →
Review By: Gur Photography: Eline I was just in time able to drive to Patronaat in Haarlem. Not a bad plan, because Amorphis came by and from earlier experiences I can state this is always nice. Amorphis is busy doing their ‘Circle’ tour and Starkill is doing their support on …Continue reading →
By: Colin Location: De Pul, Uden, The Netherlands Date: 29-11-2013 I was really looking forward to this evening! One of my favorite bands, just around the corner! Starkill First this evening we got Starkill, I only knew them by their name on the flyer and didn’t really expect too much …Continue reading →
The 24th edition of the biggest metal-festival in the world and of course we are joining in this year as well. Tuesday we travel towards the Mekka of Metal to stay one week in the holy lands of Wacken Open Air.
And once more, it’s going to be a good year with big names and a lot of folk-metal.
While the official start of Wacken was on Thursday, each year the party already starts on Wednesday with 3 or more folk-metalbands which will take care of the pre-party. Fejd, with their quirky mix of traditional folk and metal-elements, played as the first band, and immediately created a great atmosphere. While the bass was put way to hard in the mix, luckily the traditional instruments could be heard quite fine. With a setlist to dream about, with an ideal mix between old and new songs, and with Offerök and Yggdrasil, this band was a really fine start of the day!
Score: 8/10 (Colin)
Congratulations with the new album Circle, it is really one of the best, or maybe the best so far!
What was your inspiration for this album? And is there a reason that it sounds darker then the previous albums?
We got little bit bored of the same way of doing albums. We wanted to have change. Of course with a long career you have to keep yourself hungry to try new things and challenge yourself. We needed to get more inspiration especially for the recording process, try out different things and come up with something not so normal. Maybe The Beginning Of Times was too sterile for us? It sounds maybe too soft comparing what does it sounds live.. With Circle we needed to get new directions for the recording process and the lyrical concept. Try out different things and come up with something not so normal for us. Now we used 7th person as a producer. And that’s been a while when we did like this last time, I think it was back in 2001 at Am Universum when we last time used producer (Simon Efemey). Even thought we had a producer with Circle we still had pretty big impact on the songs and how they turn out. And we did not try to musically-wise try to change everything. The songs were made at the same way they’ve always done. Musically-wise we did not try to change everything. The songs were made at the same way we’ve always been doing. Someone brings the demo to the rehearsals and so on. We did have some sort of a feeling to make this album harder and darker than The Beginning Of Times, but I think it was more like an general intuition. Now when I listen it when its mixed and mastered its definitely heavier than previous, the keyboards are more in the background, lots of heavy guitars and ultra low bass. There is a variation all over in the music, performing and production. Overall we wanted something different, maybe more experimental. Less vocal mass and choirs. I wanted to have more real pianos and real hammonds so I recorded them with authentic instruments, even some church-organs in big church. We were looking for more aggressive sound thus everybody thought the sound in previous album The Beginning of Times could have been more edgier. Every album has its own theme. How do you come to a theme and how does it grow into an album?
So we thought now it was a time to make album with a producer outside the band. Also we discussed with each other that we could try something more modern now and our lyricist Pekka Kainulainen came with an concept which happen in the present time (or somewhere in the modern times). We read it through and actually it sounded much more interesting starting point than just another concept about an old story or classic Kalevala character once again.