Amorphis – Circle (2013) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Amorphis - Circle - Album CoverIt is the Amorphis trademark sound alright, no doubt about it. But I am still confused. Circle, the 11th studio album of Finnish metal artists Amorphis showcases its pockets of excellence very well. Actually many of them. But then also lots of elements that absolutely make no sense to me. And you just ask yourself: Quo Vadis, Amorphis?

Okay, it may very well be – as it was opined by some of my co-reviewers – that the band has been on the lookout of a different, more unique sound. Somewhat confirmed in their follow-on album Under The Red Cloud in 2015, where they managed to kick it up a few gears and add some additional juice to their tune.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Amorphis – Elegy (1996) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Amorphis - Elegy - 1996 - Album CoverWe write the Year of the Lord 1996. Amorphis just about came to some real fame with their heavy and very Death Metal oriented 2nd studio album Tales from the Thousand Lakes. Everyone now eagerly awaited something similar from their next concoction.  

Now here comes their 3rd studio brainchild Elegy. And what have we found? A hellufa change: Amorphis is happily throwing in Folk and synthie pop elements. Stuff laced with very heavy Melodic Death Metal – growls and all. This mixes with good old Heavy Metal, atmospheric passages and ’70s style parts on keyboards and guitars. You got it all. I can thus fully understand why Elegy got very mixed reviews back in time and ever since.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud - Album CoverWhat a refreshing breeze is reaching us from the Northern tundra wastelands! Under The Red Cloud from the Finnish metallers Amorphis clearly is one of most varied albums I have heard so far in 2015. And I have heard a few lately. Yet this one here kicks my writing neurons into motion really quickly.

Very close – for a few of the tracks at least – to the 2014 release of Insomnium, Amorphis have skillfully positioned themselves astride a few metal styles. Under The Red Cloud interchanges clear voice passages with growls, which adds this special and specific flavor to their tune. 

And they refuse to be pinned down by one genre or another.

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