Amorphis

How to start the next Amorphis Survivor?


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Forostar

Ancient Mariner
Veeeeeeery good! The chorus is outstanding and that solo! *goosebumps while playing*

Didn't know they did grunts in new songs? Did I miss something or is it something new (again)?

edit:
So this comment on YouTube is not correct?
"Finally we get some darker stuff again, Amorphis can never do wrong but I missed this heavier style. Really curious about the rest of the album."
 
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Night Prowler

Customer Deathcycle Manager
Staff member
You really need to relisten Eclipse and following albums... they've slowly brought them back and now they are in almost every song :D
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
I certainly did. I also missed the band playing the Tales album last year. *pulls hair from head*.

But they'll open for Nightwish so that's cool. Looks like I'll get this album!
 

Brigantium

General of the Dark Army
Staff member
Not bad at all. I need to check out more Amorphis stuff, on the offchance I make it to see them and Nightwish in December. I've only heard a few songs and they sounded quite tame and radio friendly
 

SinisterMinisterX

Illuminatus
Staff member
I have that one and the next two. Thousand Lakes and Elegy are both great. Haven't played Tuonela recently enough to remember.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
I never was a lot into any post-Elegy work. That's going to change for sure! Playing Thousand Lakes last year must have triggered something.

Personally, I love the debut album The Karelian Isthmus about as much as Thousand Lakes. Sixes is a fan of it too, I believe. It's less produced, and more aggressive, way less keyboards and nihil clean vocals. But the atmosphere and great riffing and the deep grunts make for a fine cocktail. Really cool when playing loud in the car! :--)
 

Shadow

Deluxe Edition
Staff member
Tales from the Thousand Lakes is definitely the best Amorphis album, and possibly my favourite death metal album. I like Elegy and Tuonela but rarely play them. Never cared for the later stuff, I feel like they got lost in repetition.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
Well worded. Pick a few songs from that era and you think: strong songs. But albums are not that different from each other (not what I heard at least). Time to get out of that formula.
 

Night Prowler

Customer Deathcycle Manager
Staff member
I prefer the re-recordings of songs from that era. None of the vocalists before Joutsen were good IMO. With him, everything kind of clicked for this band. I pretty much see the pre-Eclipse Amorphis as a wholly different band.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
Just some thoughts on the vocalists:

Joutsen has a more powerful voice. Live you can't get around him, while Koivusaari's grunt did not work well, live. It always lacked volume.
However, his voice has qualities that I like. The grunt is deeper, comes more from the stomach (while you hear more throat in Joutsen) and fits the music excellent. Works great on the studio albums. Koivusaari's grunt has a bit of an unhuman quality. Archaic. As if some creature from the past tells his tales. Gives the albums an extra outlandish touch. The sound works so well that I don't even mind that I can't hear well what he says.

Nonetheless, I am perfectly fine with Joutsen in the band. He's a strong frontman and fits well.

edit:
Some more thoughts on the bass playing. What Olli-Pekka Lainen did (co-founder of the band, he left in 2000) is really interesting I think. E.g. on Tales, at times he plays in a percussive manner (it almost sounds as a different instrument), yet it is very melodic and sometimes independent. Like what Markus Grosskopf does in Helloween, he did that with grandeur in a melodic death metal band.
 
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Forostar

Ancient Mariner
So awesome really. I keep regretting that I didn't see this last year. When they open for Nightwish we'll have a few songs only from that album I guess. I can understand that of course, from their point of view.
 
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