AMORPHIS

AMORPHIS BIOGRAPHY


Founded 1990 in Helsinki, AMORPHIS have worked their way to the apex of the European metal scene and won international renown. The band's name, derived from "amorphous" (no determinate form or shape), has been programmatic for the pioneers of Finnish metal over the course of their 20-year career. Setting a diverse, intricate and unique style to their musical approach, often being described as "ahead of their time", the band accrued a large and loyal international fan base. From their independently released demo "Disment of Soul" (1991) through the current releases, Amorphis have always fused elements of traditional heavy, death and doom metal with a great variety of non-metal influences, including folk, progressive and psychedelia, and managed to create an instantly recognizable sound of their own. The band's break-through came in 1994 with "Tales From The Thousand Lakes". The album won the band a massive fan base around the world, reaching a multitude of listeners among and beyond the metal community, and remains immensely popular to this day.

In the early stages of their career, Amorphis consisted of Tomi Koivusaari (guitarist and original vocalist), Esa Holopainen (guitars), Olli-Pekka Laine (bass), and Jan Rechberger (drums). Together they greatly affected the metal underground, gained recognition and soon scored a multi-album contract with Relapse Records. Shortly after, Amorphis released their debut album, "The Karelian Isthmus". Receiving an impressive response, the band chose to venture further into melodic terrain, adding progressive keyboard sounds here and clean guest vocals (performed by Ville Tuomi of Kyyria) there. The result was the classic "Tales From The Thousand Lakes", which to this day is considered to be one of the most groundbreaking albums in the doom/death genre. For the first time incorporating lyrics from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, the album also was the first true manifestation of the influential Amorphis sound: a seamless combination of intoxicating melodies and aggressive sounds delivered with both clean and harsh vocals.

The success of "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" provided Amorphis with the opportunity to tour the European continent several times, and followed by their first US tour in late 1994. Shortly thereafter, the band underwent some major musical and line-up changes. Continuing to feature lyrics based on traditional Finnish folk poetry, the third album "Elegy" introduced a new vocalist, Pasi Koskinen. This adjustment proclaimed a significant transformation in Amorphis' career. Pasi's unique vocals brought a new setting to the music, which now concentrated more on compelling keyboard atmospheres, psychedelic guitar sounds and a distinctive arrangement of the vocals, delivered by both Tomi and Pasi. Encouraged by popular and critical approval, the band members took three years to prepare their next album, honing the newfound style to perfection. "Tuonela" was liberally sprinkled with 1970s-style psychedelic touches and marked another great leap ahead for Amorphis, and its successor, "Am Universum" delved even further into progressive soundscapes.

In 2003, Amorphis released "Far From The Sun". While closer to the band's metal roots than the previous longplayer, the album was again very relaxed and melodic as ever, spiced with Far Eastern touches as well as progressive elements in the vein of Pink Floyd. In the late summer of 2004, long-time singer Pasi Koskinen left the band, and Tomi Joutsen (Sinisthra) joined around the end of the year. With a new singer and new energy, the band recorded "Eclipse", an acclaimed masterpiece that combined the best-loved elements of Amorphis' unique sound with fresh vigour. The album went straight to the top of the Finnish charts and was followed by triumphant live appearances all over Europe before the band retreated again to the recording studio.

"Eclipse" was followed by "Silent Waters" in the late summer of 2007. The dynamic and emotional range of the new songs, all of which were based on a single episode from the Kalevala, went beyond any of Amorphis' earlier albums, yet at the same time hearkened back to the band's past output in all its diversity. The release of the new album was preceded by a string of festival appearances - including Germany's famous Wacken Open Air - and immediately followed by a five-week Finnish tour. The remainder of 2007 found Amorphis in Europe, Russia and Japan, whereas in 2008 they played in southeastern Europe, at a multitude of festivals and, during the fall, in the USA and Canada.

The new album "Skyforger" shares the lyrical concept of the two previous albums, its central character being Kalevala blacksmith Ilmarinen. Musically, the band soars to unprecedented heights; not abandoning the cherished ingredients of their sound but rather refining them, augmenting them with fresh elements, and delivering them with breathtaking passion and intensity. Both the album and the single "Silver Bride" went straight to number one in the Finnish charts, and the live qualities of the new songs were immediately tested and proven on the summer's festival stages. In September, Amorphis went on their first-ever tour of Latin America, followed by the extensive Forging Europe Tour in the fall. In the summer of 2010, the band presented its first-ever live DVD, which includes two full shows recorded in 2009 as well as a career-spanning documentary. The release coincided with the 20th anniversary of Amorphis, which in addition was honored by a compilation of re-recorded classic tracks, released in September 2010.

Nostalgia, however, is not what this band is about. Granted, The Beginning Of Times (2011) showcases their trademark style in perfection, including plenty of reference to the death metal days, yet at the same time it proves that Amorphis have lost none of their progressive edge and experimental spirit. Doing honor to protagonist Väinämöinen, the Kalevala‘s central character whom myth credits for bringing music into the world, the band brought forth its most versatile and nuanced effort to date; in terms of performance and arrangements as well as rythms and sounds. Iikka Kahri, whose flute and saxophone already graced several songs on Skyforger, was back in the fold, Tomi Koivusaari added a few discreet touches of pedal steel guitar and Santeri balanced the 1970s prog and 1990s death elements with a synth vocabulary straight out of the eighties. More noticeable still was the addition of Netta Dahlberg’s backing vocals, which beautifully complement Tomi Joutsen’s lead - most poignantly on “Mermaid” and “Soothsayer” but also, for example, on the single You I Need. Besides another number one in Finland, The Beginning Of Times also earned Amorphis their first-ever Top 20 rating in Germany.

At the outset of the third decade, Amorphis continue their musical journey creative as ever – not confined to any predetermined shape, yet always instantly recognizable, always true to their own vision, and always unique.

On August 21, 2012, Amorphis announced on their website that a new album was in the works. On January 17, 2013, the band announced the title and release date for their next record. Circle was released on April 19 in Europe and April 30th in North America. On September 16, 2013, Circle won Metal Hammer´s “The Album of The Year” award. Esa Holopainen on the award, "For us, Album of the Year award is a great recognition for the work done so far. Especially when we got it from our 11th studioalbum."

On August 4, 2014, Amorphis announced on their website and through social media that they would be playing a number of special Tales from the Thousand Lakes 20th Anniversary shows where their 1994 album would be performed in its entirety. Tales from the Thousand Lakes 20th Anniversary shows included festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Maryland Deathfest, and 70000 Tons of Metal with many other tour dates and festivals included.

The band began demoing new songs at the start of 2015, and in 4 March of that same year, it was announced that Amorphis will begin to record a new in album in April 2015, at Fascination Street Studio, Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren.

The lyrics will be written once again by Pekka Kainulainen, who says "Like 'Kalevala', they are descriptions of natural phenomena, seasons and the human mind. Reoccuring situations where hope and uncertainty alternate. Attempting to gain advice from higher powers. The poems do not form a complete story per se, but they are drawn together by a certain theme. We live under a red cloud and once again, time weighs us."

The release of the new album will be followed by a world tour, starting with shows in the band's home country of Finland, then other parts of Europe with Nightwish & Arch Enemy in November 2015.

In 15 June 2015, it was announced that the title for the twelfth studio full-length album is Under The Red Cloud, with the artwork and tracklist revealed and with a worldwide release date of 4 September 2015 by Nuclear Blast Records.

AMORPHIS ALBUMS

Under the Red Cloud / 2015

01. Under the Red Cloud
02. The Four Wise Ones
03. Bad Blood
04. The Skull
05. Death of a King
06. Sacrifice
07. Dark Path
08. Enemy at the Gates
09. Tree of Ages
10. White Night

Circle / 2013

01. Shades of Gray
02. Mission
03. The Wanderer
04. Narrow Path
05. Hopeless Days
06. Nightbird's Song
07. Into the Abyss
08. Enchanted by the Moon
09. A New Day
10. Dead Man's Dream (bonus track)
11. My Future (bonus track)
12. Illusion (bonus track)
13. New Song (bonus track)
14. His Story (bonus track)

The Beginning of Times / 2011

01. Battle for Light
02. Mermaid
03. My Enemy
04. You I Need
05. Song of the Sage
06. Three Words
07. Reformation
08. Soothsayer
09. On a Stranded Shore
10. Escape
11. Crack in a Stone
12. Beginning of Time
13. Heart's Song" (Bonus track)

Skyforger / 2009

01. Sampo
02. Silver Bride
03. From the Heaven of My Heart
04. Sky Is Mine
05. Majestic Beast
06. My Sun
07. Highest Star
08. Skyforger
09. Course of Fate
10. From Earth I Rose
11. Godlike Machine (bonus track)
12. Separated (bonus track)

Silent Waters / 2007

01. Weaving the Incantation
02. A Servant
03. Silent Waters
04. Towards and Against
05. I of Crimson Blood
06. Her Alone
07. Enigma
08. Shaman
09. The White Swan
10. Black River

Eclipse / 2006

01. Two Moons
02. House of Sleep
03. Leaves Scar
04. Born from Fire
05. Under a Soil and Black Stone
06. Perkele (The God of Fire)
07. The Smoke
08. Same Flesh
09. Brother Moon
10. Empty Opening
11. Stone Woman (bonus track)

Far from the Sun / 2003

01. Day of Your Beliefs
02. Planetary Misfortune
03. Evil Inside
04. Mourning Soil
05. Far from the Sun
06. Ethereal Solitude
07. Killing Goodness
08. God of Deception
09. Higher Ground
10. Smithereens

Am Universum / 2001

01. Alone
02. Goddess (of the Sad Man)
03. The Night Is Over
04. Shatters Within
05. Crimson Wave
06. Drifting Memories
07. Forever More
08. Veil of Sin
09. Captured State
10. Grieve Stricken Heart

Tuonela / 1999

01. The Way
02. Morning Star
03. Nightfall
04. Tuonela
05. Greed
06. Divinity
07. Shining
08. Withered
09. Rusty Moon
10. Summer's End

Elegy / 1996

01. Better Unborn
02. Against Widows
03. The Orphan
04. On Rich and Poor
05. My Kantele
06. Cares
07. Song of the Troubled One
08. Weeper on the Shore
09. Elegy
10. Relief
11. My Kantele

Tales from the Thousand Lakes / 1994

01. Thousand Lakes
02. Into Hiding
03. The Castaway
04. First Doom
05. Black Winter Day
06. Drowned Maid
07. In the Beginning
08. Forgotten Sunrise
09. To Father's Cabin
10. Magic and Mayhem

The Karelian Isthmus / 1992

01. Karelia
02. The Gathering
03. Grail's Mysteries
04. Warriors Trial
05. Black Embrace
06. Exile of the Sons of Uisliu
07. The Lost Name of God
08. The Pilgrimage
09. Misery Path
10. Sign from the North Side"

LINKS

CONTACT

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VIDEOS

Sacrifice


House Of Sleep


Death Of A King


The Wanderer


You I Need


MEMBERS

CURRENT
Esa Holopainen
lead guitar (1990–present)
Tomi Koivusaari
rhythm guitar (1990–present), vocals/death growl (1990-1998, 2016-present)
Jan Rechberger
drums (1990–1996, 2002–present)
Santeri Kallio
keyboards (1998–present)
Tomi Joutsen
vocals, live occasional acoustic guitar (2005–present)
Olli-Pekka Laine
bass (1990–2000, live 2017-present)

FORMER
Bass
Niclas Etelävuori
(also live backing vocals) (2000–2017)

Drums
Pekka Kasari (1996–2002)

Keyboards
Kasper Mårtenson – (1993–1996)
Kim Rantala – (1996–1998)
Janne Puurtinen - (1998)

Vocals
Marko Waara - (1996)
Pasi Koskinen – (1996-2004)
Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto - (2004)
Mari Multanen - live session backing vocals (2012-2013)

Other Instruments
Sakari Kukko - live session saxophone & flute (2012–2014)

If members listed here are not accurate please inform us at webmaster@metalfromfinland.com This includes both CURRENT and FORMER members.