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2013 release, the 11th studio album from the Finnish Metal band. Recorded at Petrax Studio in Hollola and at 5K Studios in Helsinki, Circle was produced by Peter T„gtgren and focuses on an original story penned by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shades of Grey
  2. Mission
  3. The Wanderer
  4. Narrowpath
  5. Hopeless Days
  6. Nightbird s Song
  7. Into The Abyss
  8. Enchanted By The Moon
  9. A New Day
  10. Dead Man s Dream (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B00BD07SGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Since the addition of vocalist Tomi Joutsen in 2005, Amorphis has gotten kind of a knack for consistency. Though The Beginning of Times felt as if the band was faltering a little bit, there was no real cause for alarm as it's biggest fault just seemed to be overstaying its welcome. Despite their questionable lead off choice for single ("Hopeless Days" - works in the album context but certainly not representative of it as a whole), Circle sees Amorphis setting the bar atop the previous high mark (of the Joutsen era) of Skyforger.

Admittedly, my first few spins of Circle left me a bit disappointed but the album has grown on my like wildfire since then. One of the first things you'll notice is the heavier bottom-end. Whether this was the band's doing or producer Peter Tagtgren's, I'm not sure but it suits the band well. The middle tracks ("Hopeless Days" and "Nightbird's Song") as well as the bonus "Dead Man's Dream" sees the usually more progressive band momentarily take a step back towards the aggression of their early days. The "Nightbird's Song" in particular was a album highlight for myself, and I'd love to see them experiment with their aggressive side in juxtaposition to their quieter moments (the flute solo) in the next record. The other thing I noticed upon subsequent listens is the slightly more accessible, and almost dancy-folk vibe in a few of the songs. I'm certainly not complaining about this one either, because "Mission" has got to be one of the most addictive songs in their extensive catalog. "Narrow Path" comes in pretty close behind it as well, with it's opening riff along with the ending of closer "A New Day". Of course, there are a few future classic Amorphis tracks to be found here as well.
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Per capita, Finland spends more money than any other country on musical education. That goes some way towards explaining the wealth of musical talent that has emerged from those shores in recent years, among its brightest stars Nightwish, Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, Swallow the Sun, Ensiferum, Wintersun and - at the top of the pile - Amorphis. Upon hearing Amorphis, it's tempting to think that their musical gifts must have come from the Viking gods. While this may be part of the story, the rest is that the band has relentlessly rehearsed, composed, recorded and toured for over two decades.

In 2006 Amorphis created an album that demonstrated mastery of their craft. That album was Silent Waters, a vast and varied pastiche of brutal heaviness, mythological themes, immaculate composition, perfect execution, and melodies so delicate they seem otherworldly. The next two Amorphis albums - Skyforger and The Beginning of Times - have the trademark Amorphis sound, a unique blend of heaviness and melody, yet lack the consistent brilliance of Silent Waters. With Circle, Amorphis is back on breathtaking form...and then some. Words can't do justice to the magnitude of this album. A swathe of mythic lyrics, jagged riffs, beautiful composition, wall-crumbling bass and drums, soaring vocals and eye-wateringly gorgeous melodies, Circle has to be heard to be believed. This is the sound of metal with the blinkers taken off and all limits blown sky high.

Here's the track-by-track breakdown.

1. Shades of Gray
Far from the lightweight opening of previous album The Beginning of Times, this kicks off proceedings with riffs that bite like a hungry beast, followed by a bridge and chorus reminiscent of Skyforger opener Sampo. That is no bad thing.
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This is an incredible release!! For me, this is such a big bounce back from 2011's "The Beginning of Times" and a very mystical, heavy record. I ordered a limited edition release with two awesome bonus tracks "Dead Man's Dream" and "New Song", along with a really cool DVD showing a rockumentary behind the scenes in the making of the new album, a music video for "Nightbird's Song", and a photo gallery from the album recording sessions. All in all, this could very well be one of my absolute favorite Amorphis albums! It is a very refreshing, exciting listen and these songs are among the best I've heard this band create (such as "Narrow Path", "Mission", and "Nightbird's Song") with some of my least favorites even becoming big and highly enjoyable growers (like "Hopeless Days" and "The Wanderer"). A superb and highly essential release from these prog/folk/melodic death metal legends.
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Other than the album Far From The Sun, Amorphis has NEVER released a bad album. This one is no exception. It's everything you'd expect from Amorphis: Lavish atmospheres and folk melodies, memorable choruses, excellent clean and growled vocals. The opening track will suck you in right away. This album got rave reviews by many online sources and I don't agree with most of them. This is a solid effort to be sure. But so far, since the arrival of the new vocalist who first performed on their 2006 album Eclipse, nothing has come close in quality to that album. When listening to this, you can tell the effort and passion are there. Definitely. But when I look at the back catalogue, three albums are clear standouts. Tales From The Thousand Lakes, Elegy and Eclipse. In closing, you're going to get quality music from a high quality band. But this doesn't live up to all the hype it got when it came out. I sitll recommend you purchase this if you're a fan or a newcomer. If you're a newcomer and want the newer sound, I'd choose Eclipse first.
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