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Far from the Sun Enhanced, Extra tracks

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The Finnish folk-metal act's sixth full length album. Although it's more guitar driven, 'Far From The Sun' continues where 2001's 'Am Universum' left off. Ten tracks including the first single 'The Day Of Your Beliefs'. Nuclear Blast.

1. Day of Your Beliefs
2. Planetary Misfortune
3. Evil Inside
4. Mourning Soil
5. Far from the Sun
6. Ethereal Solitude
7. Killing Goodness
8. God of Deception
9. Higher Ground
10. Smithereens
11. Shining Turns to Grey [*]
12. Follow Me into the Fire [*]
13. Darkrooms [*]
14. Dreams of the Damned [*]
15. Far from the Sun [Acoustic Version][*]
16. Evil Inside [*][Multimedia Track]

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  • Audio CD (September 7, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B0002OOULO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ken Pierce on July 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
With each release Amorphis continues to grow in both a musical and creative manner. "Far From The Sun" is the newest proof of this as with this CD the band has given us something very different from their usual or expected fare. As many fans probably know the band takes their name from the word "amorphous" which means something that holds no shape or form. On "Far From The Sun" the group shows just how profound this term can be when applied to a musical sense. It is interesting to see this Finnish act that have been held in such high regard take such a different step with this particular record. On one hand I was very impressed because the music simply flowed across the entire CD. With many other Finnish bands delivering blistering Power Metal nowadays I felt Amorphis was showing that they no longer need to press that course. It's time for them to influence future generation of Metal fans.

While I was impressed with a number of tracks on the record I would have to say that my very favorite track is "Day Of Your Beliefs". As the opener it starts off subtly and then kicks into a solid groove and moody drive as it progresses. There are lots of Deep Purple styled keyboards and a great guitar riff. It was a fine choice for the first track. "Far From The Sun" is present in two versions, one being acoustic and the other electric. The title track gets continued spin in my changer in both of its incarnations. The more rocking numbers would be "Planetary Misfortune" and "Darkrooms" and "Ethereal Solitude" is the best of the couple of slow numbers that appear on the disk. You will find this an equally enjoyable listen when you take the time to do so.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Wade Dale on January 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Far From the Sun is a very good album. The last to feature Pasi Koskinen so the below poster should be happy now. Tomi Joutsen is now the vocalist.

This album is pretty much a straightforward hard rocking folk with lots of nice guitar riffs and keyboards.

the band really cut down on the psychedelic delay drench sound of Am Universe and Tuonela on this album. It has a lot of stand out tracks though Including Planetary Misfortune, Far From the Sun and higher Ground. I described this album when it first come out as having alot of similarties with Elegy because of the numerous middle eastern passages but It has no death metal vocals at all.

I do think Pasi is a good singer but had better performances on everything earlier released by Amorphis. Elegy, Tuonela, Am Universe.

This has all of the trademark Amorphis riffing and is a great listen. I was just about to say I like their new album more but as I popped this disc in its hard to change my mind. Its very good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Kleinert on September 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like most fans of this Finnish band, I first discovered Amorphis by way of Tales From the Thousand Lakes. An excellent album, although I still believe Elegy is their most solid effort. After Elegy, they went through a bit of an evolution, leaning more towards rock and alternative than metal. But Tuonela and Am Universium are still both excellent albums. Far from the Sun is a great album in and of itself. But if you compare it to their past efforts, it is subpar. The opening track "Day of your Beliefs" is excellent all the way through, and there are some definite gems among the album's 15 tracks (I own the enhanced version). However, the music does not seem as emotionally charged as in past albums ("Veil of Sin" and "Shatters WItihin" from Am Universium come to mind). There are some catchy parts in the album, however, and the more you listen to it, the more you discover that this album is actually pretty damn good. But to prevent them from having a follow up album that is a TOTAL disaster, it may be time for Amorphis to re-invent their sound even further to get back some of the luster that their past efforts possess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
2003's Far From the Sun was the sixth studio album by Finnish death-turned-progressive metal band Amorphis, and since it was the final album to feature "clean" vocalist Pasi Koskinen, it marks an end of an era for the band.

Amorphis took a sharp turn away from their death metal roots when Koskinen joined the band, and Far From the Sun is about as far removed from the band's early style as possible. Starting with Elegy (my favorite Amorphis album) the band moved in a more progressive, almost psychedelic direction, and by this album they barely qualified as metal at all. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, since Amorphis did this kind of Pink Floyd-ish atmospheric hard rock very well, and the songs still had some real heaviness. Metal or not, Far From the Sun has some fantastic songs, including the leadoff track "Day of Your Beliefs" (one of my favorite Amorphis songs ever), "Evil Inside" and the folk-influenced title track. The combination of heaviness, melody, regional influences and Koskinen's vocals just resonates with me.

Far From the Sun seems to be the least loved album of Amorphis's career, especially by old school fans. I love the album for what it is though, even though I admit that the band came back reenergized in a big way with the Koskinen-less follow-up Eclipse, which was undeniably more of a metal album. Still, Far From the Sun is a very good album that most Amorphis fans should be able to appreciate.

Edition Notes: The US version of Far From the Sun is a "fully loaded" version of the album.
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