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Amorphis - Halo

8.1 | 538 votes |
Release date: 11 February 2022
Style: Folk metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal


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01. Northwards
02. On The Dark Waters
03. The Moon
04. Windmane
05. A New Land
06. When The Gods Came
07. Seven Roads Come Together
08. War
09. Halo
10. The Wolf
11. My Name Is Night [feat. Petronella Nettermalm]
12. The River Song [Japanese bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2022: 15

Tomi Joutsen - vocals
Santeri Kallio - keyboards
Tomi Koivusaari - guitars, backing vocals
Esa Holopainen - guitars
Jan Rechberger - drums
Olli-Pekka Laine - bass

Guest musicians
Petronella Nettermalm - vocals
Noa Gruman - additional vocals

Additional info
Recorded by Nino Laurenne, Jens Bogren and Jonas Olsson at Fascination Studios, Isolla Music and Sonic Pump Studios between January-August 2021.
Grand piano and hammond organ recorded by Miiro Varjus at Sonic Pump Studios May 2021. Church organ and keyboards recorded by Santeri Kallio at Church of Paavali and Studio Kreatine June 2021. Percussion recorded by Jan Rechberger at NGB and Moon Unit Studios July/August 2021. Additional recording and drum tech by Miiro Varjus.

Produced and mixed by Jens Bogren. Editing and mixing assistance by Linus Corneliusson and Ricardo Borges.

Mastered by Tony Lindgren.

Staff review by
This is a typical Amorphis album. As in, it’s bloody lovely.

published 10.02.2022 | Comments (24)

Guest review by
A mediocre effort from a good band. Poorly composed, with little thought into what ideas to include and how long to dwell on them. A collection of B-sides that haven't made it on past records?

published 26.04.2022 | Comments (17)

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05.05.2022 - 17:20
Rating: 5

I made an effort. I really tried. And i am not impressed...

Don't take me wrong in really like Amorphis. Ever since their first album I am with them on sort of on and off relationship. I absolutely loved their Bee album. And I think this is where the problem is. Would I never heard QoT, most likely I would fall in love with Halo. As it is now in every track on new album I hear echos of one of the tracks on previous album. To make matter worse some of those new tracks are inconsistent, they fell like three different songs amalgamated into one.

I got the feeling that some material on Halo is actually leftover staff from Queen
05.05.2022 - 20:05
Rating: 9

More than anything else, this album reminds me of The Beginning of Times as a moment in Amorphis' creative cycle when the creative energy of collaboration starts to turn into comfort and familiarity, and they "settle in" a bit too much in a particular mode of writing and playing. I don't think that Bogren has anything more that he can drag out of the band by pushing them to explore new ground.

The ground they are on, though, is still higher than it was for TBoT, and far above their low point on Far From the Sun.

Hoping that they find someone else as opinionated as Bogren to work with on the next album, who can unsettle things once again and spark some fresh experimentation and new ideas.
Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy
28.05.2022 - 16:28
Rating: 6
JoHn DoE

Rather average TBH, nothing special.
I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
06.06.2022 - 20:00
Rating: 8

This is a very sweet sounding album, the melodies are good, sounds like a typical Amorphis album. Windmane is my favorite track of them all.
Leeches everywhere.
06.06.2022 - 21:18
Rating: 3
Thoroughly confused as to what people enjoy in this
An album rated 6 is an album I enjoyed
07.06.2022 - 02:04
Rating: 6
Nocturnal Bro
Written by doez on 06.06.2022 at 21:18

Thoroughly confused as to what people enjoy in this

Yeah. It sounds very very generic to me. Like an AI was given instructions to create a prog metal album.
I miss the innovation and diversity of Tales From The Thousand Lakes and Elegy
13.06.2022 - 21:05
Rating: 2

It's a huge melodic piece of shit
25.06.2022 - 20:51

I did not feel this so attractive, still trying though
--Non So Bill.
09.08.2022 - 19:52

Wasnt very impressed at first, but after several listens, it has grown on me.
"A New Land" is pretty fire.
18.08.2022 - 23:11
Rating: 9

07.12.2022 - 15:12
Rating: 7
Ball Fondlers

The intro part to "The Moon" sounds like the jingle to the evening news

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