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Release date: 25 May 2011
Style: Folk metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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01. Battle For Light
02. Mermaid
03. My Enemy
04. You I Need
05. Song Of The Sage
06. Three Words
07. Reformation
08. Soothsayer
09. On A Stranded Shore
10. Escape
11. Crack In A Stone
12. Beginning Of Time
13. Heart's Song [digipack bonus]

The best Heavy / Melodic Metal album of 2011

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Finland: May 25th
Europe: May 27th
North America: June 7th

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten

Rating:
8.0
Amorphis have to be one of best and at the same time most loved bands from Finland. Actually, the only time they let me down was with Far From The Sun, the last album with Pasi Koskinen behind the microphone. The future of the band in the eyes of their fans was quite uncertain, but Tomy Joutsen came in like an earthquake and blended in a unique way with the rest of the band. Eclipse and Silent Waters prove it. Skyforger was good, just good. A bit more appealing to the common listener, hence the band left behind the grunting vocals to a big extent.

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published 15.06.2011 | Comments (31)

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Lovecraft - 11.10.2010 at 15:30  
  I have really high hopes for this!
Reza - 11.10.2010 at 21:28  
 
Written by Guest on 11.10.2010 at 15:30

I have really high hopes for this!

It'll (probably) be something similar to their 3 previous works.
deliverance7 - 02.02.2011 at 01:16  
  How Can These Guys Create An Album Every Two Years?????
jfAkerfeldt - 20.03.2011 at 23:56  
Rating: 9 I have really high hopes for this album too...I hope this album be different to their previous works, Tomi Joutsen in this moment is one of the best singers in the heavy metal now¡¡¡¡¡¡
Honken - 22.03.2011 at 04:44  
  I too have very high hopes for this album. I really like their last couple of albums. Pretty much all the other bands I listen to have released "meh" albums this and last year, so I'm desperate for some good music. Also, they release it on my birthday so it HAS to be good!
Sr Tumnus - 29.03.2011 at 21:06  
Rating: 9 This gona be great!!!!
Luneth - 30.03.2011 at 13:29  
  This should be interesting. Been a lot of good Death Metal this year so far.
Doc Godin - 30.03.2011 at 14:07  
Rating: 6
Written by Luneth on 30.03.2011 at 13:29

This should be interesting. Been a lot of good Death Metal this year so far.

Not sure if you listened to the last album...But that sounded only slightly death metal, and seeing as most bands tend to grow more melodic over time, I highly doubt this one will be death metal at all.
Luneth - 30.03.2011 at 16:19  
 
Written by Doc Godin on 30.03.2011 at 14:07

Written by Luneth on 30.03.2011 at 13:29

This should be interesting. Been a lot of good Death Metal this year so far.

Not sure if you listened to the last album...But that sounded only slightly death metal, and seeing as most bands tend to grow more melodic over time, I highly doubt this one will be death metal at all.


Ah, I wasn't aware of that [haven't listened to their last album]. But we can always hope xD.
Destructo - 05.04.2011 at 05:23  
Rating: 8 The cover looks so similar to Wolfmother's Cosmic Egg album.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XF2VJMjOM3w/SwZLFPKNriI/AAAAAAAABRY/WUa8tlvLCoo/s1600/cosmic%2Begg.jpg
Risto - 06.04.2011 at 17:31  
Rating: 8
Written by Luneth on 30.03.2011 at 16:19

Written by Doc Godin on 30.03.2011 at 14:07

Written by Luneth on 30.03.2011 at 13:29

This should be interesting. Been a lot of good Death Metal this year so far.

Not sure if you listened to the last album...But that sounded only slightly death metal, and seeing as most bands tend to grow more melodic over time, I highly doubt this one will be death metal at all.


Ah, I wasn't aware of that [haven't listened to their last album]. But we can always hope xD.

Amorphis haven't really been death metal since the Elegy days, even though death vocals and Kalevala themes made a return when Tomi Joutsen joined From what I've heard, this album will be more progressive than Skyforger.
Doc Godin - 07.04.2011 at 00:01  
Rating: 6
Written by Risto on 06.04.2011 at 17:31

From what I've heard, this album will be more progressive than Skyforger.

Oh. Yuck. I really hope they don't go overboard on the whole "progressive" thin.
Risto - 07.04.2011 at 10:06  
Rating: 8
Written by Doc Godin on 07.04.2011 at 00:01

Oh. Yuck. I really hope they don't go overboard on the whole "progressive" thin.

Average track length is still around 4:30, so it's nothing else than trying out new things with the current sound. Expect more technical drumming
Sentenced Odiin - 24.04.2011 at 13:35  
Rating: 8 I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...
Deadmeat - 24.04.2011 at 15:03  
Rating: 9
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?
Sentenced Odiin - 24.04.2011 at 15:21  
Rating: 8
Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 15:03

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?

its hard to categorize, but the last 3 albums are a mixture of melodic-death, progressive, folk and even gothic metal (to simplify we can call them melodic metal..), but definitely not "traditional" heavy metal like Dio or Mötörhead... the era between toulena to far from the sun are okey for heavy metal/modern hard rock.
Deadmeat - 24.04.2011 at 17:04  
Rating: 9
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 15:21

Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 15:03

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?

its hard to categorize, but the last 3 albums are a mixture of melodic-death, progressive, folk and even gothic metal (to simplify we can call them melodic metal..), but definitely not "traditional" heavy metal like Dio or Mötörhead... the era between toulena to far from the sun are okey for heavy metal/modern hard rock.

i'd call the era toulea-far from the sun hark rock with heavy metal moments and this era just heavy metal. yeah, it doesnt have anything to do with dio or motorhead but in my mind these are the best words to describe this music. the "melodic death" term would fit them a bit in eclipse. but after that not. generally amorphis have elements of many styles in their music but this doesnt mean that they play all these styles. they collect some elements and creating something new (which, as i said, is closer to heavy metal for me).
Sentenced Odiin - 26.04.2011 at 16:26  
Rating: 8
Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 17:04

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 15:21

Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 15:03

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?

its hard to categorize, but the last 3 albums are a mixture of melodic-death, progressive, folk and even gothic metal (to simplify we can call them melodic metal..), but definitely not "traditional" heavy metal like Dio or Mötörhead... the era between toulena to far from the sun are okey for heavy metal/modern hard rock.

i'd call the era toulea-far from the sun hark rock with heavy metal moments and this era just heavy metal. yeah, it doesnt have anything to do with dio or motorhead but in my mind these are the best words to describe this music. the "melodic death" term would fit them a bit in eclipse. but after that not. generally amorphis have elements of many styles in their music but this doesnt mean that they play all these styles. they collect some elements and creating something new (which, as i said, is closer to heavy metal for me).

i see
Risto - 29.04.2011 at 19:05  
Rating: 8 "Eight songs include growled vocals, so only four have only clean singing, which feels like a massive difference compared to Silent Waters, for example." -Aki Nuopponen, journalist (Imperiumi.net)
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.04.2011 at 19:09  
Rating: 6
Written by Risto on 29.04.2011 at 19:05

"Eight songs include growled vocals, so only four have only clean singing, which feels like a massive difference compared to Silent Waters, for example." -Aki Nuopponen, journalist (Imperiumi.net)

That's a turn up for the books o.0 Of course do they mean that 4 songs include nothing but clean singing and the others are a combo of clean and growls? I think that probablyis the case so I doubt it'll be all the different to the last couple of records.
Risto - 29.04.2011 at 19:12  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 29.04.2011 at 19:09

Written by Risto on 29.04.2011 at 19:05

"Eight songs include growled vocals, so only four have only clean singing, which feels like a massive difference compared to Silent Waters, for example." -Aki Nuopponen, journalist (Imperiumi.net)

That's a turn up for the books o.0 Of course do they mean that 4 songs include nothing but clean singing and the others are a combo of clean and growls? I think that probablyis the case so I doubt it'll be all the different to the last couple of records.

Yeah, that's most likely since no Amorphis song had nothing but growls since Joutsen's arrival
Troy Killjoy - 30.04.2011 at 01:28  
Rating: 7
Written by Risto on 29.04.2011 at 19:05

"Eight songs include growled vocals, so only four have only clean singing, which feels like a massive difference compared to Silent Waters, for example." -Aki Nuopponen, journalist (Imperiumi.net)

We'll just see about that.
Array - 30.04.2011 at 21:36  
Rating: 9 A couple of new facebook updates:

23 hours ago:
"The band is currently in Berlin, Germany shooting a video for the track "You I Need." Keep an eye out for its release in the coming weeks ;]"

8 hours ago:
"Ready for another taste of the new album? On Monday (May 2), we're going to upload one more song from "The Beginning Of Times" to the player here on Facebook. Don't miss it!"
Risto - 02.05.2011 at 13:13  
Rating: 8 "My Enemy" is up on Facebook. Genre: Melodic Death Metal!
Pankar95 - 06.05.2011 at 20:39  
  I think the 2 tracks released so far suck a lot.
MétalNoir - 14.05.2011 at 02:11  
Rating: 9
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 15:21

Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 15:03

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?

its hard to categorize, but the last 3 albums are a mixture of melodic-death, progressive, folk and even gothic metal (to simplify we can call them melodic metal..), but definitely not "traditional" heavy metal like Dio or Mötörhead... the era between toulena to far from the sun are okey for heavy metal/modern hard rock.

"Metal" is the shortened version of "Heavy Metal", so the latest doesn't necessarily mean say NWOBHM or anything particularly old-school. As you said they're hard to classify so I guess calling them "Metal" or "Heavy metal" is the safest way to describe them, though I agree the "Hard rock" label is outdated. After all, "Folk-influenced progressive melodic death/gothic metal" is pretty complicated for a subgenre, right?
Risto - 25.05.2011 at 00:36  
Rating: 8 I just came at Song of the Sage, and I expect most long-time fans to do the same.
Edmund Fogg - 25.05.2011 at 14:49  
  Well, Eclipse was a great album IMO and Skyforger seemed kinda flat with nothing really standing out. I hope this release has more to offer. I'm anxious to hear it
Therapy? - 25.05.2011 at 19:13  
Rating: 9 Who the hell cares what label to stick on this band. The band is great, has evolved alot in a good way and this album is going to be great. At least the two singles I heard so far are! Tomi is an excellent singer.

From the skyforger album, Silver Bride gave me goosebumps. It's an effing great song. And the album in general is also extremely good.
JPR - 25.05.2011 at 21:36  
 
Written by Therapy? on 25.05.2011 at 19:13

Who the hell cares what label to stick on this band. The band is great, has evolved alot in a good way and this album is going to be great. At least the two singles I heard so far are! Tomi is an excellent singer.


Agreed.
dougver1 - 26.05.2011 at 04:09  
Rating: 7 I actually enjoyed this one more than their last! Not bad at all!
beyondtehdarksun - 26.05.2011 at 09:56  
Rating: 8 Rated 9.1, wtf? I can't wait to hear it oO
Tetravirulence - 26.05.2011 at 11:24  
Rating: 6 Pretty average
Troy Killjoy - 26.05.2011 at 14:00  
Rating: 7
Written by beyondtehdarksun on 26.05.2011 at 09:56

Rated 9.1, wtf? I can't wait to hear it oO

8.9 and - presumably - dropping since you brought it up. I'll give it a listen asap; going in without any expectations...
Milena - 26.05.2011 at 14:05  
Rating: 8 Ugh, going to listen to it today, excited as shit.
iratus - 26.05.2011 at 17:37  
Rating: 6 Pop metal at its best.
way off the style which made me listen to them at first.
reheated food -> junk
Array - 26.05.2011 at 20:52  
Rating: 9 Nice return to shape from Amorphis. I wonder if Barren Earth's masterpiece from last year inspired them a bit. Sometimes the guitar playing reminds me of Gregor Mackintosh's (Paradise Lost) style and that's a cool thing too. Good job Amorphis.
Risto - 26.05.2011 at 23:33  
Rating: 8 I can settle with the rating now This is turning out to be another excellent piece of art, albeit with slight unstableness in quality. This album seems to have one of the best finishes in recent memory with the last two tracks (excluding the bonus).

Heavy, progressive, atmospheric. Awesome.
R'Vannith - 27.05.2011 at 04:17  
Rating: 9 This sounds wonderful a sight better than the previous album. The intro to 'You I Need' reminds me of the band Camel.
beyondtehdarksun - 27.05.2011 at 13:21  
Rating: 8 Listened to it yesterday, and I'd say 'atmospheric' is the best description. Not as heavy as I expected, but also not as cheesy as Skyforger...it reminded me more of Eclipse at most parts.
Troy Killjoy - 28.05.2011 at 04:18  
Rating: 7 By all means this isn't their best album, but it's a huge step in a direction that caters a little more to my personal tastes. The balance of growls and cleans (not to mention the chick vocals) kept me interested and the songwriting was relatively captivating on its own. I surprised myself with how much I actually enjoyed this.
D.a.n - 28.05.2011 at 12:23  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.05.2011 at 04:18

By all means this isn't their best album, but it's a huge step in a direction that caters a little more to my personal tastes. The balance of growls and cleans (not to mention the chick vocals) kept me interested and the songwriting was relatively captivating on its own. I surprised myself with how much I actually enjoyed this.


Troy, just out of curiosity - which of their albums do you like most? I'd say Lakes but I might be wrong... ;-)
Troy Killjoy - 28.05.2011 at 14:06  
Rating: 7
Written by D.a.n on 28.05.2011 at 12:23

Troy, just out of curiosity - which of their albums do you like most? I'd say Lakes but I might be wrong... ;-)

Lakes is a close second to The Karelian Isthmus for me.
stef_v777 - 28.05.2011 at 17:10  
Rating: 9 It seems to me that this band has the ability to create masterpieces even when they lack inspiration!!! It sounds like Skyforger (which is not something bad) and the new characteristic is the use of female vocals in some songs. I didn't expect something different and it really satisfies me! The only surprise for me was the "Song of The Sage" which sounds to me like Blind Guardian with Joutsen's vocals... Great song...
SWAMPL0RD - 29.05.2011 at 01:57  
Rating: 8 I began listening to Amorphis after Skyforger came out in 2009. My first impression was, "How have I not listened to this band before?" I remember listening to the band in the past, but dismissed them as merely average -- perhaps their pervious releases just weren't my cup of tea. Then Skyforger came out. I was blown away with the band's ability to mix many genres seemlessly, and with a brilliant sense of technical prowess I might add.

The Beginning of Times sounds much like Skyforger, blending together many elements of metal including Death, Melodic Death, Heavy Metal, and (dare I say) Symphonic Metal. There are also moments of folk and rock -- all with just enough of that Finnish sound we've all come to know and love. All-in-all this is a metal heads wet dream. The fact that many death metal bands these days are trying to force clean vocals into their songs (usually coming off as more of a gimic, rather than a geniune addition to the music) annoys me. Not with Amorphis. The moments of beauty and brutality are pieced together with great care and ultimately sound seemless in a way that only some bands can accomplish -- Opeth immediately comes to mind.

Overall, I would say that if you enjoyed Skyforger, then you will like The Beginning of Times. In fact, I'll be so bold as to say you'll love it!
moe5512 - 29.05.2011 at 15:28  
Rating: 9 Well, I'm not dissapointed with this album
Sr Tumnus - 31.05.2011 at 04:43  
Rating: 9 Im really like album!!!
it sounds like Skyforger... very good!!!
happy for this!!!
beyondtehdarksun - 31.05.2011 at 17:09  
Rating: 8 I does not sound like Skyforger that much IMO, more like a mix of all the last albums (though the Skyforger has a cameo appearance ). I'm starting to like it a lot, can't get the melodies out my head.

Anyone else noticed the high pitched growls at the end of "Crack In A Stone"?
Hughes - 01.06.2011 at 11:21  
Rating: 8 Its a grower for me ,first listen i was like hmm okay not the best ive heard , now after 3 times im certain its a really good album, need few more listenings to get to a concluding rating
Drax - 07.06.2011 at 23:13  
Rating: 10 On A Stranded Shore has a very nice chorus and the whole album is great IMO

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