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

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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 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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The 70,000 Ton Hangover

Can 21st-century metalheads ever be truly happy if they’re not bitching about something on the web?

The pointless arguments over bands’ music, which mostly boil down to matters of taste, are exhausting enough. And there’s a simple solution to dissatisfaction with a particular tour package: stay home and masturbate.

But complaining about festival lineups? Really?

I have some news for you, sport: the only Perfect Metal Festival Lineup, which exists only in an individual’s imagination, attracts an audience of one. Your Perfect Lineup is different from mine.

There needs to be a common denominator, a compromise. I don’t know about you, but when I’m not basking in my serene, elite metal knowledge via trve and righteous, smarmy and self-congratulatory screeds on Facebook, I actually enjoy watching a live show in the company of others. And in reaching the compromise to make that social event possible, everyone’s Perfect Lineup inevitably becomes less than perfect. Such is the transition from fantasy to reality.

In the process, like small children finally realizing that vegetables aren’t going to kill them, we learn that the reality is almost always better than the fantasy (discounting the fact that the latter doesn’t exist). MTV’s Butt-Head once mused on this very issue: “If nothing sucked, and everything was, like, cool all the time… how would you KNOW it was cool?”

At a several-day festival with dozens of bands on multiple stages, we NEED at least a handful of acts we know we can ignore. Otherwise, think of the immense pressure to be constantly on our feet, rushing back and forth, watching every equally important band with rapt attention. Even if possible, it would be simply overwhelming. We’d pass out from exhaustion and forget to enjoy ourselves. Plus, the truly special acts wouldn’t seem as special.

Last summer at Tuska Open Air in Helsinki, rather than bitch about the injustice of Bring Me The Horizon directly preceding Anthrax, I was grateful for the chance to relax and have a beer before catching a show by one of the Big Four. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Adds To 2015 Lineup

Four more bands were announced today for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal. On board at the last minute: Florida hardcore act Adaliah, Florida deathcore act Dark Sermon and Swiss groove act GurD and German thrashers Exumer.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off tomorrow January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and returns on Monday, January 26, 2015. The festival boards a new vessel, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival can be found at 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com has its team on the scene and will report on all the events in the coming days. Stay tuned.

The roster lineup is as follows, with only 2 more left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Adaliah
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Anvil
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Claim the Throne
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Dark Sermon
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium
Exumer
Gama Bomb More...

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Three More Bands Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Three more bands were announced for the 2015 roster by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal: U.S. thrashers Whiplash, Brazilian groove masters Soulfly and U.S. legendary traditional metal act Riot, now known as Riot V.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off next Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Whiplash, Soulfly and Riot V join the previously announced bands below, with 6 bands still left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Anvil
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Claim the Throne
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium
Gama Bomb More...

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Six More Bands Confirmed For 70,000 Tons

A six pack of announcements were handed down by UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal: Canadian metal legends Anvil, Norway's The Hate Colony, Irish thrashers Gama Bomb, Swiss thrashers Suborned, Australia's Claim The Throne and Florida death metal act Monstrosity.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off next Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Anvil, The Hate Colony, Gama Bomb, Suborned, Claim the Throne and Monstrosity join the previously announced bands below, with 9 bands still left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Enthroned
Equilibrium More...

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Three More Acts Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced another three acts for the 2015 Roster: Colombian black metal act Thy Antichrist, Belgian black metal act Enthroned and legendary Chicago doom act Trouble.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off next Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Thy Antichrist, Enthroned and Trouble join the previously announced bands below, with 15 bands still left to be announced:

1349
Abandon Hope
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Divided Multitude
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Equilibrium More...

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Four Pack Of Bands Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC - the promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced four "newer or lesser known acts" (which over the years has heralded the fan created "Cripper Award" for best new band discovery): Jungle Rot from Wisconsin, Abandon Hope from Germany, Divided Multitude from Norway and, as a special treat, one of the most legendary South American Death Metal Bands - Masacre from Colombia.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Jungle Rot, Abandon Hope, Divided Multitude and Masacre join the previously announced bands below, with 18 bands still to be announced:

1349
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Equilibrium More...

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Two More Acts Announced For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC - the promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced two more bands for the 2015 roster, Germany's Refuge - the reunion of the classic Rage lineup from from 1988-1993 - and Israel's Melechesh. Refuge's first official performance will now be on the world's largest floating festival, while Melechesh is on the brink of releasing its sixth album "Enki" on February 27th, songs of which will debut on the cruise.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Refuge and Melechesh join previously announced bands below, with 22 bands still to be announced:

1349
Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator (featuring Coburn Pharr performing songs from "Never, Neverland")
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Equilibrium More...

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1349 And Trollfest Latest Additions To 70K 2015

UMC - the promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced two additions to the 2015 roster, Norweigian black metal act 1349, supporting the latest album "Massive Cauldron of Chaos" and countrymates and folk metal heroes Trollfest, in support of some chaos of its own "Kaptein Kaos."

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

1349 and Trollfest join previously announced bands below, with 24 bands still to be announced:

Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Destruction
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Equilibrium More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Adds Two New Acts

UMC - the promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced two additions to the 2015 roster, Denmark's Pretty Maids and Germany's Destruction. For Pretty Maids, the band will play the entire 1987 classic "Future World" as one of the two sets on board.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Pretty Maids and Destruction join previously announced bands below, with 26 bands still to be announced:

Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Equilibrium More...

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Demonical To Play Metalhead Meeting Fest

Demonical has checked in with the following brief announcement about confirming the band's first show for 2015:

"We are confirmed for the Metalhead Meeting festival in Bucharest, Romania, 12-14 June 2015. More shows will be announced shortly."

Other confirmed bands include Centinex, Amoprhis, Primordial, and Triptykon. Check out the promo poster below. More...

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Venom Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

After a near two month break from announcing acts, UMC - the promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that the legends and originators of "black metal" Venom are the latest band been added to the 2015 roster. The band will play an exclusive live world premiere of the forthcoming new album "From the Very Depths" in its entirety as one of the two performances.

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Venom joins previously announced bands below, with 28 bands still to be announced:

Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Artillery
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Equilibrium More...

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Artillery Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

UMC - promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that Danish thrash legends Artillery have been added to the 2015 roster. The band is about to embark on a North American Tour this November with U.K.'s Onslaught in support of the "Legions" (2013).

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Artillery joins previously announced bands below, with 29 bands still to be announced:

Alestorm
Amorphis
Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Equilibrium More...

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Amorphis Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2015

UMC - promoters for the World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that Finnish metal act Amorphis is the new "30th act" to be added to the 2015 roster. With the recent demise of Chimaira, Amorphis represents the new halfway point in the lineup announcements. According to UMC, "[a]fter weeks of negotiations, even our Skipper could not convince [Chimaira] to do one final show on board."

Amorphis is still supporting the latest album "Circle" (2013) and recently announced a string of 20th Anniversary shows with Avatarium in support, which celebrates the band's classic 1994 release "Tales From The Thousand Lakes."

70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.

All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.

Amorphis joins previously announced bands below, with 30 bands still to be announced:

Alestorm
Annihilator
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Behemoth
Blind Guardian
Cannibal Corpse
Crucified Barbara
D.A.D.
Einherjer
Ensiferum
Equilibrium More...

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Amorphis Announces 20th Anniversary Shows

Finnish metal institution Amorphis will hit the road in late December in celebration of the 20th anniversary of 1994 release "Tales From The Thousand Lakes." Guitarist Esa Holopainen comments:

"This month (July 12) marked the 20th anniversary of the release of the by far most significant album of our career: 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes.'

"The years have flown by, and it feels great to notice that the tooth of time has not diminished the value of the album, nor the popularity of its songs when performed live. ‘Black Winter Day,’ ‘The Castaway,’ ‘Into Hiding,’ and ‘In The Beginning’ are still part of almost every Amorphis gig.

"Although we have played these songs hundreds of times, it is still as exciting as ever to see the joy in people’s faces and the sheer emotion evoked by, for example, the piano intro of Black Winter Day. When Tomi Joutsen joined the band, we reviewed the setlist in a new (old) light. It was perfectly clear that we would include more tracks from 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes' – without forgetting our debut 'The Karelian Isthmus,' of course.

"At that point we understood how much 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes' meant to people. Most of us have feelings about the 1990s that are brought back to mind by the songs from 'Tales From The Thousand Lakes,' so we are certainly talking about nostalgia here. To honor the two-decade history of the album, we will embark on the Tales From The Thousand Lakes 20th Anniversary Tour. More...

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