Amorphis – Skyforger (2009) – Review

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RMR just covered Amorphis‘ 2022 piece Halo. And contrary to a few croaks of imminent defeat out there, the band still shines as strongly as it did some 13 years earlier. They must be doing something right in this outfit. Or – perhaps – it is the Finnish fresh air, the pristine water, and frequent trips to the sauna. This band churns out one great record after the other. Consistently, reliably, and with minute attention to detail and quality.

So, as we are on a roll with this band, the time has finally come to reach way into … [...] Click to raid more!

Amorphis – Halo (2022) – Review

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Amorphis have been a staple at the RMR ‘zine since its inception. And I admit, in the beginning, we did not quite appreciate the quality enough that this band brings to the table. Under The Red Cloud was a hard sell at first, even if it finally made it into our good graces, and it stayed there ever since. The sturdier and well-fashioned Queen of Time added nicely to the relatively meager pickings on our blog for 2018. And indeed, this record morphed yet again into one of the staples over here, and rightly so.

Now, does that mean that … [...] Click to raid more!

Amorphis – Queen of Time (2018) – Review

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Aye! Guilty! The first listen of Queen of Time – Amorphis‘ 2018 concoction – originated from a relatively lo-fi streaming platform. And – unsurprisingly – this first glimpse left yours truly wondering where Amorphis was headed these days. Terrible visions of Amaranthe-esque disasters, misguided Power Metal et al. But the Finns usually have been a stable brand. At least until now. So, confusion reigned for a while at the RockmusicRaider offices.

Just think back to the outstanding ’96 album Elegy or the 2015 piece Under The Red Cloud, perhaps with the exception of Circle that earned fewer [...] Click to raid more!

Amorphis – Circle (2013) – Review

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It 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 for a different, more unique sound. This was somewhat confirmed in their follow-on album Under The Red Cloud [...] Click to raid more!