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Formed: 1990
From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Amorphis News

Below is our complete Amorphis news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Amorphis Posts New Music Video

Amorphis just premiered an official video for "The Four Wise Ones," which can be seen below and comes off latest album "Under The Red Cloud" (reviewed here).

Esa Holopainen commented on the video and upcoming tour dates: "Splendid! The 'Under The Red Cloud' tour hits Europe. Good guess, Finnish savages Amorphis are playing glorious shows across beautiful Europe between March 4th - April 17th.

"Looking forward for these dates as we got such good feedback from the shows that we did supporting Nightwish. Check out our latest video from 'The Four Wise Ones' on Prog's website. It's filmed in Amsterdam during the tour with Nightwish and Arch Enemy at the end of 2015." More...

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The Best Heavy Metal Cover Art From 2015

Inspired by Oscuro's “...And Justice For Art” series, I decided to take a look back at some of the metal cover art from 2015 that has stuck with me into the new year.

With hundreds (thousands?) of metal releases every year, there's a ton of artwork that gets splashed across my screen on any given day. While some of it is godawful, for the most part heavy metal gets album artwork right and really creates moods and tones you don't get with the cover designs of other genres.

From Vincent Locke's infamous Cannibal Corpse watercolors to the many, many different cover pieces by Travis Smith, there's some truly iconic artwork in metal and a ton of ground covered in terms of styles and themes.

This past year we got some really great cover art in just about every sub-genre. Unfortunately sometimes killer album art does not mean there will be equally killer music inside, though. The one imbalance that stands out most for me this year was the Marco Hassman cover for Contrarian's “Polemic.”

That cover is jaw-dropping, but it's also intensely interesting in the details. I mean, that's a giant space marlin, and it's apparently engaged in battle with regular old non-organic, metal ships. Everything about that makes me want to hear the album in question. Unfortunately the music didn't grab me (the vocals in particular killed my enjoyment, and the instrumentation was pretty standard tech death), but the artwork unquestionably did its job here.

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Textures Joining Amorphis On Tour

The Dutch polyrhythmic metallers from Textures are very pleased to announce that they will be supporting Amorphis on most of that band's upcoming U.K/ tour in March. Front man Daniël de Jongh said of the announcement:

“It's a great honour to tour the U.K. as main support for one of the biggest quality metal bands in Europe; Amorphis. The Finnish metallers are touring in support of their latest album ‘Under The Red Cloud’ (2015).

"We will be hitting the road to present material from our new record ‘Phenotype’ (out tomorrow!). See you on the road!”

March 18th – Bristol, The Fleece
March 19th – Manchester, Sound Control
March 20th – Dublin, Button Factory
March 22nd – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
March 24th – Glasgow, Cathouse
March 25th – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

Textures will also play the London Underworld this month as part of a larger European Tour entitled the Oceans Collide Tour 2016.

25th February 2016 – London, The Underworld More...

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Amorphis Announces New Tour Dates

After the release of new record "Under The Red Cloud' (reviewed here), Finnish melancholic metal masters Amorphis will embark on a headlining European tour.

Guitarist Esa Holopainen commented: "The 'Under The Red Cloud' world tour started right after the record release and it’s been a great tour with Nightwish and Arch Enemy ever since. That said, I’m really stoked to hit the road for another leg of European dates starting in March. It will be the widest headlining tour in Europe for us to date and we'll have great special guests along the way. It’s gonna be epic. So, see you on the road!" More...

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Amorphis Releases New Music Video

Amorphis released new studio album "Under The Red Cloud" (reviewed here) worldwide via Nuclear Blast back in the beginning of September. The record reached great chart results all around the world (Finland #2, Germany #10), entering the world charts on position #39.

In support of this record, Amorphis just released another music video - this time for the track "Death Of A King." Check it out below. If you missed it, the previously posted clip for the "Sacrifice" track is still online at this location. More...

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Amorphis To Host Fan Q&A Session

The Finnish masters of melancholic progressive metal from Amorphis will partake in a live Q&A with fans next Thursday, September 3, 2015.

Fans can visit the band's Youtube channel here that day at 9 am PDT / Noon EDT / 6 pm CEST to participate in the chat, or submit their questions via the wall of the band's Facebook page by Wednesday, September 2.

New Amorphis album "Under The Red Cloud" (reviewed here) was produced by the renowned Jens Bogren and features artwork by the extraordinary Valnoir Mortasonge. The album also includes special guest appearances from Chrigel Glanzmann (Eluvetie), Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth) and Aleah Stanbridge (Trees Of Eternity). More...

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Amorphis Makes A "Sacrifice"

Finnish melodic death/doom act Amorphis released a new music video for the track "Sacrifice." Check it out in the player below. The song appears on the new album "Under the Red Cloud," set for release on September 4th via Nuclear Blast.

The track list for "Under the Red Cloud" is:

1. Under The Red Cloud
2. The Four Wise Ones
3. Bad Blood
4. The Skull
5. Death of a King (song streaming here)
6. Sacrifice
7. Dark Path
8. Enemy At The Gates
9. Tree Of Ages
10. White Night
11. Come The Spring (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)
12. Winter’s Sleep (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)

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Sixth Trailer For New LP Available From Amorphis

Finnish melodic death/doom act Amorphis has released the sixth installment in the ongoing official trailer series, showcasing the making of "Under the Red Cloud," the band's new opus. The album is set to drop via Nuclear Blast on September 4th.

In this installment, keyboardist Santeri Kallio shows you his work on the new album. The track list for "Under the Red Cloud" is:

1. Under The Red Cloud
2. The Four Wise Ones
3. Bad Blood
4. The Skull
5. Death of a King (song streaming here)
6. Sacrifice
7. Dark Path
8. Enemy At The Gates
9. Tree Of Ages
10. White Night
11. Come The Spring (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)
12. Winter’s Sleep (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)

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Amorphis Releases Fifth Trailer For New Album

Finnish melodic death/doom act Amorphis has released the fifth installment in the making of "Under the Red Cloud" trailer series. The album is set to drop on September 4th via Nuclear Blast.

In this installment, the band takes you to Stockholm, Sweden - where they brought the recordings for classic releases like "Tales From the Thousand Lakes" and "Elegy."

The track list for "Under the Red Cloud" is:

1. Under The Red Cloud
2. The Four Wise Ones
3. Bad Blood
4. The Skull
5. Death of a King
6. Sacrifice
7. Dark Path
8. Enemy At The Gates
9. Tree Of Ages
10. White Night
11. Come The Spring (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)
12. Winter’s Sleep (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)

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Amorphis Posts New Studio Video

In anticipation of their upcoming record "Under The Red Cloud" (due out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast), the melancholic metal masters from Amorphis release the album's fourth making-of episode today.

This clip gives an insight into the studio with Esa Holopainen and into Tomi Koivusaari’s guitar setup as well as Niclas Etelävuori’s bass recordings. Watch the episode here:

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Wacken Open Air Live Streams Available

Metal will descend upon Schleswig-Holstein, Germany for the annual mecca of all festivals. 80,000 are expected at the long sold out event, which features - among many - the return of Savatage and Running Wild to the live stage.

Once again, select acts will be streaming live from the internet and German TV (also through the net) via ARTE concert at this location and 3sat at this location.

As usual, the schedule is subject to change, but as of press time the following acts will be broadcast (all times CET so deduct 6 hours for EST and so on):

VIA ARTE Concert:

July 30th:

17h45 - In Extremo
19h20 - Grailknights
20h10 - Mambo Kurt
21h00 - New Model Army
22h10 - Uli Jon Roth

July 31st:

15h30 - At The Gates
16h45 - Queensryche
18h00 - Opeth
19h30 - Dream Theater
21h00 - tba
22h30 - In Flames
00h00 - Running Wild
01h45 - The BossHoss

August 1st:

14h30 - Amorphis
16h00 - Danko Jones
17h30 - Rock Meets Classic
18h55 - Dream Theater
20h15 - tba
21h15 - The BossHoss
22h00 - Sabaton
23h30 - In Flames
00h15 - Cradle of Filth
01h45 - Subway to Sally More...

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Amorphis Posts Vocal Recording Trailer

The melancholic metal masters from Amorphis today release another appetizer for new album "Under The Red Cloud."

The third making-of episode, available below, examines the vocal recordings. If you missed it, the previous second video can still be viewed here.

Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen comments: “This time, I was prepared really well for the recordings. When we started in Stockholm, I already had the final ideas for the songs. So it was really easy and nice to work there.“

New album "Under The Red Cloud" is due out worldwide September 4th via Nuclear Blast and features the following track listing: More...

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Amorphis Presents "Death Of A King"

Finnish legends Amorphis released the first full track stream from the upcoming new opus "Under the Red Cloud," the long awaited follow up to 2013's "Circle" (reviewed here). Behold the "Death of a King" in the player below.

"Under the Red Cloud" hits the streets on September 4th via Nuclear Blast Records. The track list is as follows:

1. Under The Red Cloud
2. The Four Wise Ones
3. Bad Blood
4. The Skull
5. Death of a King
6. Sacrifice
7. Dark Path
8. Enemy At The Gates
9. Tree Of Ages
10. White Night
11. Come The Spring (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)
12. Winter’s Sleep (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)

Check out "Death of a King" here: More...

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Amorphis Posts Second Studio Video For New Album

Following the first entry that went online at the end of June, Amorphis has now released a second in-studio trailer for forthcoming album "Under The Red Cloud."

Check out this new clip below, focusing on the drum recordings. "Under The Red Cloud" will be released worldwide on September 4th via Nuclear Blast. The track listing is:

1. Under The Red Cloud
2. The Four Wise Ones
3. Bad Blood
4. The Skull
5. Death Of A King
6. Sacrifice
7. Dark Path
8. Enemy At The Gates
9. Tree Of Ages
10. White Night
11. Come The Spring (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)
12. Winter’s Sleep (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP) More...

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Amorphis Posts In Studio Preview Clip For New LP

Amorphis posted the first in a series of in studio preview clips for the upcoming new album "Under The Red Cloud," which will be released worldwide on September 4th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

The clip gives an insight into the pre-production process with producer Jens Bogren.

Drummer Jan Rechberger comments: "We have been working there with Jens Bogren for one week. This time was a great experience and Jens made us playing more aggressive and working really hard."

The track list for the album is:

1. Under The Red Cloud
2. The Four Wise Ones
3. Bad Blood
4. The Skull
5. Death Of A King
6. Sacrifice
7. Dark Path
8. Enemy At The Gates
9. Tree Of Ages
10. White Night
11. Come The Spring (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)
12. Winter’s Sleep (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Three

The final day of a festival always seems to be the most subdued and relaxed, most likely a result of tiredness, but with such a solid lineup to look forward to, who has time to take it easy? Graspop Metal Meeting still had plenty to offer the head bangers on this Sunday, with things getting off to a great start at the second main stage, where New Zealand hard rockers, Like A Storm got things underway. This was another case of checking out a band I had never heard of and they proved well worth a gamble, as their brand of hard rock with a tinge of alternative metal was the perfect way to wake up the sleepy unwashed and accentuate a few hang overs. Like The Dead Daisies two days before, Like A Storm are all about having a good time. It's rock the way it was designed to be, a lot of fun and high energy, though they put their own, native stamp on things by utilising the didgeridoo, which believe it or not, actually works really well with their music. The instrument was first used in a solo performance, before being brought out again for their song, "Love the Way You Hate Me," and there were other surprises in store too, most notably a cover of the Coolio hit, "Gangsta's Paradise." A great way to start the day.

A little bit of Pop Evil followed, which continued the theme of enjoyable hard rock, before the day's first trip to the Marquee came, this time to check out Winterfylleth. This was another band I was unfamiliar with, despite seeing the name in passing a number of times. I assumed from the name that they were a black metal group, but there's a lot more to them than that. They display an amazing musical talent which goes beyond the simple goal of making music just to be extreme, which some bands are guilty of, and don't conform to the uniform of corpse paint and spikes out of a mistaken sense of obligation, something else young black metal groups have done from time to time. Winterfylleth are another outfit that let the music do most of the talking, which is guaranteed to win over newcomers and please fans who turned up to see these metal Mancunians. More...

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Amorphis Announces New Album

Finland's Amorphis have announced the new album "Under The Red Cloud." The album will be released worldwide on September 4th via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.

The track list is as follows:

1. Under The Red Cloud
2. The Four Wise Ones
3. Bad Blood
4. The Skull
5. Death Of A King
6. Sacrifice
7. Dark Path
8. Enemy At The Gates
9. Tree Of Ages
10. White Night
11. Come The Spring (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP)
12. Winter’s Sleep (Bonus Track - Limited Edition Digipak/2LP) More...

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Sunday Old School: Amorphis

When being interviewed a few years back in Tampere, Sakis Tholis of Rotting Christ stated that he believes Finland is now the capital of metal music. Looking at how many bands come from there and how commercially successful the genre is in the country, one could say it’s quite hard to argue with the man. It wasn’t always this way though, Finnish bands had to work hard to build both scenes and reputations and one of the bands who really helped make Finland a metal force was a group from the capital city, Helsinki, who go by the name, Amorphis.

Amorphis was put together in 1990 by drummer and guitarist, Jan Rechberger and Esa Holopainen, both members of the thrash metal outfit, Violent Solution, which struggled on for a while as the duo recruited a former bandmate, Tomi Koivusaari on vocals and guitar, as well as bass player, Oppu Laine. The band put together a demo, "Disment of Soul," the next year, helmed by the Stratovarius guitarist, Timo Tolkki, which was deemed good enough for the band to be offered a worldwide recording deal with Relapse Records. Their debut album was then released in 1992 under the title, "The Karelian Isthmus," receiving some very high praise upon release. It was much more of a solid death metal album than later releases, albeit with some doom influences on display, a style which could also be heard on the demo collection, "Privilege of Evil," which was released a year later. More...

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Video Of "And Justice For" Art Book Released

A new video preview of the upcoming book "And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers" has been released. Check it out below.

This book includes more than 400 color graphics, 100 exclusive interviews and revealing details about the making of iconic album artworks for bands like Obituary, Death, Neurosis, Slayer, Opeth, At The Gates, Metallica, Amorphis, Cattle Decapitation, Cormorant, Disincarnate, Testament, and many more!

According to Morbid Angel’s frontman, David, Vincent (who wrote the foreword), this 264-pages book is set to become “a historical document about the importance of Metal album covers.”

There are only 300 copies of this beast available. It starts shipping next month. Pre-orders are now available here More...

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Amorphis To Enter Studio, New Album This September

Finnish metal act Amorphis started the year off by demoing new songs for their upcoming 12th studio album, which is tarted for release in September. The band will start pre­-production this month in Helsinki with producer Jens Bogren. The album recordings will begin in April at Bogren's Fascination Street Studio in Stockholm.

The lyrics are written by Amorphis' spiritual mentor Pekka Kainulainen: "Like Kalevala, they are descriptions of natural phenomena, seasons and the human mind. Recccuring 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 new album will be released in September when Amorphis will embark on a world tour, starting from their native Finland. Amorphis will be touring Europe with Nightwish at the end of the year.

This past December, Amorphis completed a successful Central European "Retro" tour where the band played their legendary "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" album in its entirety to celebrate the 20th anniversary of said record. As a special treat for the fans, Amorphis also played songs from their debut album, which they haven't played in more than two decades. In Germany the media praised the tour of its authencity and its "time travel to 20 years ago" aspect.

"The tour set pays homage to the TFTTL album and did not include a single song released after 1995. It was great to see how boldly Tales... functions as a whole.”

Upcoming confirmed live dates are as follows:

Amorphis Summer Festivals in Finland:

06.06.2015 Tampere – Radio City South Park
27.06.2015 Helsinki – Tuska Open Air
03.07.2015 Turku – Ruisrock
17­-19.07.2015 Joensuu ­– Ilosaarirock More...

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