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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Great album from Amorphis. Probably a reconciliation for me with this band after the departure of their previous singer with whom they released two master pieces called... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Raul S.
I'm a really huge fan of Finnish rock and metal, and these band is for sure one of the best acts nowadays fron Europe, the album and the way it is presented here are just too cool.Published on February 11, 2014 by Antonio De La Hoz
Amorphis is probably one of the best melodic death metal bands that you have not heard. Why can I make such a prestigious claim? Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by A. Stutheit
If not for one thing, Amorphis is one of the most consistent band that I know of. The only downfall is I wish they would take more chances (like the disco section in Magic And... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by D. Comp
Awesome album for any Amorphis fan or fan of melodic metal. Great mixture of clean and growled vocals. Strong and heavy quitar riffs. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by David
Great album by a great band, consistent, melodic and with just enough crunch to keep it interesting. Can't wait to see them play in Sydney in October.Published on August 29, 2013 by Cameron Purdey
I came across Amorphis through Amazon's suggestions and sound samples. I find this service extremely helpful as I have an insatiable taste for music. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Robert Mauge