Amorphis Finland

B62 Non-Prog46
[Solidly Awesome Musicianship6, Excellent Composition6, Great Production6, Great Songwriting6 and Great Coverart6]
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Review by PowerWyrm published
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S Non-Prog Folk Death/Power Metal

This album really grew on me after each listen during the past two months. The major improvement here is clearly the vocals, with much more nuances than on the previous album. Musically it is close to their last release "Eclipse", with the same blend of folk and power metal with a touch of death metal (mainly the growls). A bit more extreme in times (more growls are used on this release, sometimes successfully like on the first two tracks, sometimes out of place like on "Towards and Against" or "The White Swan"), a bit mellower in other times (out of ten songs, four are power ballads and one, "Enigma", is a pure folkish acoustic tune).

Tracks

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S A Servant 3:54
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S Her Alone 6:01
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S Enigma 3:34
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S Shaman 4:55
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Review by PowerWyrm published
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Eclipse 2006
S Non-Prog Death/Power Metal

One of the good surprises of 2006...

Another release with lyrics based on traditionnal finnish folklore. The structure of the songs is here more classic with verses and choruses, and even growled vocals make a small return (fortunately used sparingly). Keyboardist Santeri Kallio has become a full time member and even contributed actively to the songwriting. The music itself is stronger than on the previous release, with powerful and catchy songs...

The new singer uses three types of voice: melodic (usually on verses), low rumbling/power voice (usually on choruses) and growls... and it fits the music perfectly.

Highly recommended.

Tracks

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S Two Moons 3:24

Classic metal song.

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Very catchy power metal song. The new singer gives the full power of his clean voice.

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The first song with growled vocals (on the verses)...

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The ballad of the album (a power ballad - very heavy still, the kind of power ballads Testament are used to write). One of the two songs having lyrics written by a band member.

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Don't be fooled by the folkish intro... this is the heaviest song of the album with mainly growled vocals.

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S The Smoke 3:39

Probably the only song I will rate 10/10 that contains growled vocals... simply outstanding. Death metal folkish pop/rock... very catchy. The mix of growls/clean voice on the choruses is awesome.

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B Same Flesh 4:38

Maybe the less interesting song on the album.

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The song with the most folkish influences. A less heavy tune (even if it contains a little part with growls).

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Classing Amorphis song... could be used as opener or closer of any album (see "The Way" or "Alone" on past releases).

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S Stonewomen Bonus 3:38
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