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.

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Amorphis – Elegy (1996) – Review

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We write the Year of the Lord 1996. The folks from 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 helluva change, that’s for sure. Amorphis is happily throwing in Folk and synth-pop elements. Stuff laced with very heavy Melodic Death Metal – growls and all. This mixes with Progressive Metal, atmospheric passages, and ’70s style parts on keyboards and guitars. You got it all. I … [...] Click to raid more!

Amorphis – Under The Red Cloud (2015) – Review

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What a refreshing breeze is reaching us from the Northern tundra wastelands! Under The Red Cloud from the Finnish metallers, Amorphis clearly is one of the 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. 

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