Amorphis - Far From The Sun review
|Album:||Far From The Sun|
|Release date:||May 2003|
01. Day Of Your Beliefs
02. Planetary Misfortune
03. Evil Inside
04. Mourning Soil
05. Far From The Sun
06. Ethereal Solitude
07. Killing Goodness
08. God Of Deception
09. Higher Ground
11. Shining Turns To Grey [bonus]
12. Follow Me Into The Fire [bonus]
13. Darkrooms [bonus]
14. Dreams Of The Damned [bonus]
15. Far From The Sun [acoustic version] [bonus]
When this ever-changing ex-Death Metal outfit from the land of the thousand lakes released works like Tuonela and Am Universum some fans were disappointed, some others angry, and many just turned their backs on these guys. Well, in some degree I understand why the fans were disappointed, if you go from Death Metal to Hard Rock you're bound to lose some fans, but many failed to see that Amorphis may not be a Death Metal band, but it still manages to sound fresh and surprise many people [including me] when they release a new album.
So what does Amorphis has in stores for us this time? I would describe this like a mix Heavy Metal and Hard Rock with folk influences as always, call it "Folkish" Hard Rock if you want.
The album starts with ?The Day Of Your Beliefs? an excellent song, really killer opener, great folk arrangements, catchy chorus, as soon I heard this one, I remember that I thought to myself ?Hmmm, I'm here for a real treat with this CD?
The album continues and some songs impressed me, some others not. ?Evil Inside?, one of the singles of the album, and currently with a video on MTV, reminded me of some alternative song [Yes! Alternative, like Pearl Jam, Soul Asylum and stuff], I didn's like it at all, I would have preferred ?Day Of Your Beliefs? rotating on MTV.
Like I said, some songs really didn's catch my attention at all, but some others did, like ?Ethereal Solitude?. Great tunes, very 'relaxing? in a way, wait, that's it! That's the way I feel about this CD, it... relaxes me, and that's good, you can's go headbanging 24/7, poor neck!
?Killing Goodness? is the heaviest song in the album, and is a good one too! The guitar work in this one is great! And the keyboard molds perfectly with the music, I hope that this one is the next single, but I think that all depends in the success of ?Evil Inside?.
Anyway, I really had a good time listening this one, it's not your headbanging, heavyhitter, let's-torn-this-place-apart kind of album, is more like ?let's take a break of the heavy stuff for a while?, and who knows, maybe your non-metal friends will like this one too!
If you want some good tunes, with a relaxing feel to it, all wrapped up with a perfect production, get this one, if not, go break your neck with other stuff.
|Now I for one am a big fan of Amorphis' work, as they are one of my favorite bands; albums such as Skyforger (my first Amorphis album), Am Universum, and Elegy have wowed me the first time I listened to them and are among my favorite albums ever made. However, this band was in a bit of an awkward position with the release of Far From The Sun nearly ten years ago, as they appeared not to be on top of their songwriting and performance skills this time around.
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