12 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their 13th full-length of new material, Finnish folk-metal troupe Amorphis have written a vivid, cinematic concept album about the rise and fall of civilization. Medieval melodies mingle with dramatic accompaniment from an orchestra and choir throughout as frontman Tomi Joutsen shows off his impressive vocal range. “The Bee” comes alive with space-age synth bursts, while guest vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) sings a dazzling duet with Joutsen on “Amongst Stars” and Shining saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby lends sultry panache to “Daughter of Hate.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

For their 13th full-length of new material, Finnish folk-metal troupe Amorphis have written a vivid, cinematic concept album about the rise and fall of civilization. Medieval melodies mingle with dramatic accompaniment from an orchestra and choir throughout as frontman Tomi Joutsen shows off his impressive vocal range. “The Bee” comes alive with space-age synth bursts, while guest vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering) sings a dazzling duet with Joutsen on “Amongst Stars” and Shining saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby lends sultry panache to “Daughter of Hate.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

The Dream Theater ,

A Pinnacle Release

This may be the pinnacle release by what has become one of my all time favorite bands. It has been a week since May 18th, the release date of the complete album and after complete immersion for these past eight days, I feel I have absorbed enough of the material to give an initial, cursory review.

This album is an epic journey of star dust - that which composes everything and to which everything returns. It is a poetic mimesis of Natura from the fire of cosmic creation through the rise and fall of civilization showered with elements of Finnish mythology. The melodies are prolific and intoxicating. The attention to detail in the writing and production of this album is evident in every song. The album has already exceeded my expectations and my expectations were high to begin with. This offering is everything that makes Amorphis not just a band, but a genre.

Demise187 ,

Amazing

This album is fantastic and I feel that they’ve tip toed in a more symphonic direction in recent releases and really went with it here. It is bookended by more traditional Amorphis songs (in the same tradition of Eclipse forward), but the middle sections are absolutely something different and something breathtaking. And its heavy AF... Keep an open mind and ear and check it out. Very well could be my album of the year.

logjam82 ,

where is the ceiling for this group?

So few groups maintain this level of excellence, really wonderful to hear them not only maintain but push forward despite previous benchmarks. Anneke is a pure injection of class into any project, hearing her here is a welcome surprise. Many varied influences from touches of 70’s prog, a sax solo, classical guitar solo, vocal choirs, string arrangements etc... but none of them destroy the utter heaviness of the album, it manages to have all of this nuance and lush scope while being the heaviest offering they have had, ever. That is a difficult feat for any group, but for one with such a rich history it is almost unheard of. I appreciate the obvious hard work everyone involved put into this work of art and I look forward to the tour greatly.

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