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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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Leaves' Eyes Announces New Concerts and US Tour

LEAVES' EYES has announced a new show in Holland. Furthermore, the band will headline this year's Wacken Open Air Party Stage with their special "Viking Ship" show, with the whole stage being transferred into a giant Viking ship. Finally, the band also embarks on a full US tour this fall.

Meanwhile, the band is busy to put final touches on the upcoming "En Saga I Belgia" double live DVD, which captures their headlining gig at Metal Female Voices V Festival.

Here are the latest Leaves' Eyes tour dates: More...

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Amorphis Keyboardist Talks About Next Album

Greece's Rockpages.gr recently conducted an interview with AMORPHIS keyboardist Santeri Kallio. An excerpt from the chat follows:

Rockpages.gr: After the every successful "Eclipse" you have returned with "Silent Waters". With these two records you have created a certain style. Is this the way AMORPHIS will sound in the future or you have more surprises for your fans?

Santeri Kallio: "First of all, we were really happy how 'Eclipse' turned out to be. We produced the album by ourselves as we did already with 'Far From the Sun' and we had a chance to use Mikko Karmila as a sound engineer as we did with 'Tuonela' and 'Am Universum'. Overall every part in the process of making 'Eclipse' worked out so smoothly that we decided to use the same working method with 'Silent Waters'. Especially we tried not to change everything totally different, like let's say in the transition between 'Elegy' and 'Tuonela'... Of course, we had to come up with the new songs and hopefully very good ones. We still had a lot of things to improve and experiment thus Tomi had only been in AMORPHIS for about two years. So we had our eureka moments in the rehearsing place too. I think since Tomi joined the band has really found its sound. I will not promise that the next will sound exactly the same, but one thing I know for sure is that we won't be trying to change the style just for experiment to a totally different direction. Of course we will experiment more with the balance with the brutal sound and melodic style and try to make it work even better. Actually, we have not yet started to listen material what everyone in the band has to offer for the next album, but I think we'll stick to the overall feeling of these two 'Eclipse' and 'Silent Waters'. The band has a lot of surprises in the closet since there is six guys composing and arranging the material. It makes the next album definitely interesting to wait."

Rockpages.gr: Almost 20 years of AMORPHIS. If someone listens to your music can easily understand your influences. After all these years you are now influential to other bands. Which parts or "ingredients" of your music will stay for the next generation of metal bands?

Santeri Kallio: "Hard to say. Someone else excluding the band could probably speculate about this. If I really have to, I would say...death metal guitar riff, growling vocal and some melodic keyboards top of it and jamming drunken bass player. Just basic melodeath. Could be something else or could be nothing. But I don't think it will be the rocking style we did in the 'Far from the Sun'. Maybe it's the ouzo and beer drink mix we discovered last time in Greece."

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Poisonblack Announce New Touring Keyboardist


POISONBLACK keyboardist Marco Sneck is currently on tour in Canada with his other band, KALMAH, and will be unable to join Poisonblack for their upcoming dates in Greece.

The band have announced that Veli-Matti Kananen will replace him for the dates.

The tour dates (with AMORPHIS) are as follows:

April
19 - Thessaloniki - Hydrogios, Greece
20 - Athens - Gagarin, Greece

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Virgin Black Ready To Tour The U.S. Again

Australia’s VIRGIN BLACK are returning to North America this fall with AMORPHIS. The tour begins September 27th, 2008 at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, NC. Also on the bill are LEAVES’ EYES and SAMAEL.

About the tour, guitarist Samantha Escarbe comments, "With Fortissimo unleashed, we become ever more focussed and ready to live and breath every moment of this tour. Virgin Black, circa 2008, equals unbridled passion."

The band just released the album "Requiem - Fortissimo" on THE END Records, the second installment of a trilogy, an album that exhumes the death/doom vibe of early Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride albums.

The tour latest tour dates are as follows: More...

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Samael Comments On Tour With Amorphis

SAMAEL is proud to announce their first US tour in nearly five years in support of their latest “Solar Soul” release. As previously hinted at, the band will be making the trek with headliners/labelmates AMORPHIS as well as LEAVES EYES and VIRGIN BLACK. Co-founder, Xy, had this to say about SAMAEL’s return to US shores:

“We haven’t played in the US since our last tour for ‘Eternal’ back in 2003. It has been far too long and the wait is over! We are happy to announce we'll be back in September to present material from not one but two albums, namely ‘Reign Of Light’ and ‘Solar Soul,’ as well as songs off our other records. We're excited about this tour and are looking forward to connecting with our American audience once again!”

The complete tour schedule is as follows:
Sep. 27 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Sep. 28 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Sep. 29 - New York City, NY @ BB Kings
Sep. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
Oct. 01 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
Oct. 02 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Oct. 03 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 04 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 05 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Oct. 06 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
Oct. 07 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 09 - Spokane, WA @ Big Easy Concert House
Oct. 10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Oct. 13 - West Hollywood, Ca @ House of Blues
Oct. 14 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
Oct. 16 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
Oct. 17 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Oct. 18 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar

Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 23, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.

SAMAEL's eighth album, "Solar Soul," was released in June 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.

A video clip from the “Solar Soul” track “Slavocracy” can be viewed on YouTube or below. More...

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Amorphis Plan North American Tour

AMORPHIS appear to be planning a North American tour later this year with LEAVES EYES, SAMAEL, and VIRGIN BLACK. The first date to be released is as follows:

September 29 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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Amorphis Announce New Festival Dates

AMORPHIS have updated their live itinerary to add two new festival appearances.

The band will play the 2008 edition of Finland's Ruisrock Festival, taking place in Turku (Finland) from July 4th - 6th, as well as the Rockperry Festival, set for July 18th - 19th in Vaasassa, Finland.

As previously reported, Finnish metallers AMORAL will be supporting Amorphis this week on the following dates:

March
6 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, Finland
7 - Puijonsarvi - Kuopio, Finland
8 - Teatria - Oulu, Finland

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Amorphis Go Gold In Finland

Amorphis' latest album, "Silent Waters," and 2006's "Eclipse" have both been certified gold status for the sales of 15,000 copies each in Finland. The gold discs, presented to the band members at the Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki on February 15, 2008, are the first ever in the almost 18-year history of Amorphis. As guitarist Esa Holopainen stated at the presentation: “a minor occasion for the music industry, but a major achievement for us!”

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Amorphis Announce More Finnish Dates

Finnish metallers AMORPHIS have issued the following update:

"On Thursday, June 26, AMORPHIS will play an open-air concert in Helsinki’s Kaisaniemi Park together with NIGHTWISH and EPICA. Although the show will be a warm-up to the ensuing three-day Tuska festival, it is not part of the festival itself and Tuska tickets will not be valid for this event. The ticket sale starts on Monday, March 3. AMORPHIS will also perform at Sauna Open Air in Tampere, Finland, June 6-8. Tickets for this festival will go on sale on February 19."

Upcoming AMORPHIS shows:

Mar. 05 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
Mar. 06 - Lutakko - Jyväskylä, Finland
Mar. 07 - Puijonsarvi - Kuopio, Finland
Mar. 08 - Club Teatria - Oulu, Finland
Mar. 15 - Areena - Joensuu, Finland
Apr. 19 - Thessaloniki - Hydrogios, Greece
Apr. 20 - Athens - Gagarin, Greece
May 05 - Geiseinkirchen, Germany - Rock Hard Festival
May 30 - Zagreb, Hungary - Zagreb Metal Fest
May 31 - Belgrade, Serbia - Legacy Festival
Jun. 6-8 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air
Jun. 26 - Helsinki, Finland - Kaisaniemi Park
Sep. 26-27 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage (ProgPower USA IX)

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Amorphis Post Bucharest Concert Footage Online

Fan-filmed video footage of AMORPHIS' February 9, 2008 concert in Bucharest, Romania can be viewed below.

AMORPHIS' latest album, "Silent Waters", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 44. Released in North America on September 18, 2007, the CD is the second AMORPHIS album to feature singer Tomi Joutsen (SINISTHRA). It was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mixing duties were handled by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) at Finnvox studios. More...

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Amorphis Looks Back On 2007

Guitarist Esa Holopainen and vocalist Tomi Joutsen of the Finnish metal band AMORPHIS recently took part in sounds2move.de's 2007 Christmas special. They spoke about their most memorable moments of 2007 and discussed their plans for the future. Watch the 10-minute video clip here.

AMORPHIS' new album, "Silent Waters", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 44. Released in North America on September 18, the CD is the second AMORPHIS album to feature singer Tomi Joutsen (SINISTHRA). It was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mixing duties were handled by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) at Finnvox studios. More...

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Testament Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:

DESTRUCTION
VADER
OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

JORN LANDE
BELPHEGOR
FINNTROLL
UNLEASHED
AMORPHIS
RAGE
TESTAMENT

One more international act as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

TESTAMENT has set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band is currently recording the effort with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.

Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.

TESTAMENT's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass.

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Destruction To Appear At Mexican Festival

German thrashers DESTRUCTION check in with the following quick update:

"Good news for the Mexico City thrashers. We did just get the following festival confirmation: March 8th, 2008 - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal Attack 2 Festival / Circo Volador."

As previously reported, Destruction are also confirmed for the 2008 edition of Serbia's Legacy Festival, scheduled for May 30th - 31st at Ushce in Belgrade.

Other acts scheduled for the festival include: DARK FUNERAL, THRESHOLD, OBITUARY, JORN LANDE, AMORPHIS, MELECHESH, RAGE, UNLEASHED, FINNTROLL.

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Amorphis Confirmed For Rock Hard Festival

AMORPHIS and THE CLAYMORE are the latest acts confirmed for next year's Rock Hard Festival which will take place May 9th - 11th, 2008 at the Gelsenkirchen Amphitheatre in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The festival line-up is now as follows: AMORPHIS, CELTIC FROST, THE CLAYMORE, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, ENSLAVED, HELSTAR,, IMMORTAL, JORN, MOONSORROW, NAPALM DEATH, SIEGES EVEN, VOLBEAT and Y&T.

More bands will be announced soon.

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Swallow The Sun Vocalist Performs With Amorphis

Finnish metallers AMORPHIS were joined by guest singer Mikko Kotamäki from support band SWALLOW THE SUN during their headlining concert Friday night (November 23) in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Watch their performance of the song "Drowned Maid" below (courtesy of "Laverne616").

AMORPHIS' new album, "Silent Waters", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 44. Released in North America on September 18, the CD is the second AMORPHIS album to feature singer Tomi Joutsen (SINISTHRA). It was recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mixing duties were handled by Mikko Karmila (NIGHTWISH, STRATOVARIUS) at Finnvox studios. More...

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Sodom And More Confirmed For Zagreb Metal Fest

AMORPHIS, SODOM and UNLEASHED are among the confirmed bands for the Zagreb Metal Fest, set to take place May 30, 2008 at the Boogaloo Club in Zagreb, Croatia. This will be the first metal festival of this kind in Croatia and it is expected to grow in the coming years.

The final festival billing is as follows:

AMORPHIS
SODOM
UNLEASHED
FINNTROLL
BELPHEGOR
CASKETGARDEN
USUD

Pre-sale will start on December 15, 2007.

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Vader Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Polish death metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
VADER
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

VADER released its new DVD, "And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw", in Europe on October 15 via Metal Mind Productions. The group's third DVD, which is being made available in North America today (November 20) via MVD, features footage from the band's February 12, 2007 concert at Stodola Club in Warsaw, documenting the final stop of the group's tour in support of their latest album, "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with seven cameras and includes a guest appearance by Orion, a member of two other great Polish metal acts: VESANIA and BEHEMOTH. The DVD also includes: a fully animated menu, band bio, discography, interview with frontman Peter, the brand new video clip "Sword of the Witcher" (taken from the forthcoming RPG game "The Witcher"), desktop images, photo gallery, weblinks, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. "…And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" DVD is also available in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition! The artwork and layout of the DVD was created by the Brazilian artist Marcelo HVC, who has previously worked with GORGOROTH, LORD BELIAL and NECROPHAGIA.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Finland's FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

A nine-minute video interview with FINNTROLL frontman Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth) conducted by The Dude Von Doom can be viewed below.

FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with Lillmåns following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January 2006. Like FINNTROLL's original singer, Katla Mathias, Lillmåns is reportedly Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. More...

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New Swallow The Sun Video Posted On YouTube

Finland's Swallow the Sun has posted a new video on YouTube for "Doomed to Walk the Earth," the last track off their latest effort, "Hope."

Swallow the Sun are currently on tour in Europe with Amorphis and Insomnium. Upcoming dates are as follows:

Nov. 14 Essen, Germany - Zeche Carl
Nov. 15 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Nov. 16 Glauchau, Germany - Alte Spinnerei
Nov. 17 Lindau, Germany - Club Vaudeville
Nov. 18 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Nov. 20 Saarbrücken, Germany - Roxy
Nov. 21 Munich, Germany - Metropolis
Nov. 22 Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
Nov. 23 Utrecht, Netherlands - Helling
Nov. 24 Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
Nov. 25 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Nov. 27 Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
Nov. 28 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Nov. 29 Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
Dec. 01 Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi More...

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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