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AMORPHIS SURVIVOR 2015: Results -> Sampo wins!

Discussion in 'Forum Games' started by Night Prowler, Dec 17, 2015.


Satisfied with the results?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway African Dream Pop

    They're about as big as say a band like Katatonia. But I think that they have many different fans. Some who like the old stuff, some who like the progressive side etc...It's not a very cohesive fan base. As far as I'm concerned people still learn about Amorphis because of their influential melodic death metal albums...Absolute classics that will keep directing younger people to the band...those early albums keep the "Amorphis" name alive if you ask me.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2016
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  2. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Absolu-fuckin-lutely. People here are simply missing out. They are not for everybody, but surely there's the Maiden connection with their melodic guitar line approach. That should appeal to at least 10 or 20 more people out here, for sure.
    Good to read this! I do not think it is a very controversial opinion. It's just a different one from four people who played this game. ;) You might like the 2nd (Tales from the Thousand Lakes) and 3rd album (Elegy) the most. The former is a melodic death metal milestone every metal fan should check, and the latter has a more seventies/proggy vibe, using way more clean vocals and different keyboard sounds (e.g. hammond if not mistaken) which changed the sound a lot.

    Personally, I hold the debut (The Karelian Isthmus) very high in regard as well. It didn't stand much chance in this game, perhaps because it isn't as produced, perhaps it has more parts in their songs which can be seen as less appealing/accessible to a broader music/metal minded audience, but that doesn't make this record less interesting. On the contrary, the songs are full of neat (sometimes fast!) riffs and contain unexpected twists. The atmosphere is kind of unique. The album opens with that haunting intro and over the whole album there's some sinister feel to it, more than on later work. There's one song that has a literal Alexander the Great riff in the mid section (and there's wind as well!), but I forgive them for that. Karelian is a nordic death metal jewel of a rare sort! A rough one, but fine to possess! It can take a while before it clicks. I felt that it was more difficult to take in than Tales which is an instant pleasure to the ears and mind.

    On the early albums the lead guitarist, Esa Holopainen didn't shine much as a solo guitarist (he developed that later), but since day one he had these driving melodies that make the Amorphis sound. Sometimes they are short patterns, repeated very fast. Fits perfectly with the rhythm guitar.

    @Night Prowler thanks for hosting! Not that satisfied with the results but I enjoyed the game a lot!
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2016
  3. Unknown One

    Unknown One I see the ghost of navigators.

    Cheers for hosting @Night Prowler and for getting me into Amorphis into the first place.

    It's a good top 10 but I don't think that it's a great one. The best songs from both Silent Waters and Beginning of Times didn't even make it out of their album rounds, the best early stuff (apart from My Kantele which is my #2) got eliminated before they made the top 10 (looking at you Black Winter Day!!, Against Widows, Rich and Poor) and while House of Sleep is a pretty good song, I don't have it anywhere near #2. It's not even the best song on it's album.

    On the flip side, Sampo is a worthy winner (it's in my top 3), there's no bad songs here with Bad Blood being the worst song of the top 10 but still pretty decent. And Skyforger being well represented is great since it's my favourite album.

    My Kantele was the song that got me into Amorphis. Sounds like you'd definitely prefer the early material then, so go with what Foro suggested.

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