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Finnish metal veterans Amorphis have revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new album, "Circle." You can check it out below. Vocalist Tomi Joutsen explained the cover thusly: "The mystic, androgynous person on the cover represents a spiritual guide. This character was sent from another time and place to help the album’s protagonist find a new path for his life."
This guide was previously mentioned by Amorphis lyricist Pekka Kainulainen in his summary of the album concept: "The protagonist has been dealt a bad hand at birth. He’s always felt himself an outsider with strong potential to become marginalized. Through an accident, after a crisis, he finds a connection with his inner powers. A guide is sent to him, from another time and place. He gets a chance to take hold of his own life and change his destiny. From the past of Carelian Finland he finds his own spiritual tribe and the power to turn the course of his doomed life. This is a story of survival."
The band also revealed the tracklisting for "Circle," which as follows:
"Shades Of Gray"
"Into The Abyss"
"Enchanted By The Moon"
"A New Day" More...
Finnish masters of melacholic dark metal, Amorphis, announced yesterday that the title of the band's upcoming album will be "Circle." The new album is set for release April 19th, 2013 through Nuclear Blast.
A short summary about the album's concept that spreads throughout the lyrics by Pekka Kainulainen, who wrote the lyrics for the most recent Amorphis albums, can be read below:
"The protagonist has been dealt a bad hand at birth. He’s always felt himself an outsider with strong potential to become marginalized. Through an accident, after a crisis, he finds a connection with his inner powers. A guide is sent to him, from some other time and place. He gets a chance to take hold of his own life and change his destiny. From the past of Carelian Finland he finds his own spiritual tribe and the power to turn the course of his doomed life. This is a story of survival."
Singer Tomi Joutsen adds about the album's title: "Circle represents integrity. Back in the days, when there was something special to talk about, wise men used to sit in circle. Not everyone was invited to join them. But in this story, the protagonist was invited among the wise men's circle."
The "Circle" album follows previous release "The Beginning of Times" (reviewed here), and further details will be revealed in the coming months.
Finnish act Amorphis has been working on a new album and follow-up to "The Beginning of Times" (reviewed here). The band has now revealed the album will be titled "Circle" and is set for an April 19th, 2013 release. Further details will be announced as they become available, and you can check out a studio video report below. More...
American thrash metal legends Slayer has been confirmed as the third and final headliner for next year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival in Derbyshire, England. The event will take place at Catton Park from August 8 - 11th and will also be headlined by King Diamond and Lamb of God. A statement from Slayer guitarist Kerry King reads: "Can't wait to hit the stage at Bloodstock! Metal Festival in England? Fuck yes!! It's going to be hell on earth and I'm looking forward to having a party with all my British friends."
The organisers of the festival added: "We are thrilled to announce that seminal thrash metal legends, SLAYER are confirmed as the third and final headliner for Bloodstock 2013. The Californian four-piece will close the Ronnie James Dio stage on Sunday night at Catton Park, bringing their face-melting, monster riffs to the metal hordes."
The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...
American heavy metal outfit, Lamb Of God has been confirmed as the second headliner for next year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, closing the main stage on the second day of the festival. The organisers have also confirmed two more bands for next year in Swedish black metal veterans, Dark Funeral and Finnish heavy metal group, Amorphis, who had this to say about their performance:
"Greetings from Hell-sinki's 5K studio where Amorphis is finishing recording our forthcoming 11th album. Our agent gave us the great news that we are booked for Bloodstock Festival 2013! Bloodstock has become one of the best European metal events, so it's an honour to be part of the festival again. We promise to put on an epic show, so keep the horns up and see you at Bloodstock next summer!"
The festival will take place from August 8th- 11th in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire and will feature the following bands, with many more to be confirmed: More...
Amorphis, which is currently working on a new album and follow-up to "The Beginning of Times" (reviewed here), posted the following message about new Finnish shows:
"A few shows have been added to the Finnish tour. The full list is below. Meanwhile, recordings for the new album are well under way. Check the Amorphis youtube channel for clips from the studio..."
05.12. Club Teatria, Oulu (FI)
06.12. Lutakko, Jyväskylä (FI)
07.12. Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki (FI)
08.12. Hullu Pullo, Vaasa (FI)
12.12. Tavastia, Helsinki (FI)
13.12. Bar Kino, Pori (FI)
14.12. Klubi, Turku (FI)
28.12. Vaakuna, Mikkeli (FI)
29.12. Pakkahuone, Tampere (FI)
31.12. Salon Keikkamesta, Salo (FI) More...
Finland's Amorphis has posted a third studio update video online showcasing the band's time working on a new album and follow-up to "The Beginning of Times" (reviewed here). You can check out the clip below, and the band also commented:
"The recording process is going well. We're done with most of the instruments and now Peter Tägtgren and Tomi Joutsen are working their asses off with vocals.
"To share a few things, we have recorded with a real church organ, our cameraman has witnessed paranormal activity and spent time with Shaman at a Finnish forest.
"The document we are filming from recording sessions is going to turn out quite a horror movie. You'll see that the album is going to turn out a real spiritual metal journey." More...
Finnish legends Amorphis posted a second studio report on the band's eleventh, yet untitled, studio LP. Guitarist Esa Holopainen commented: "Album is proceeding great. We finished with drums at Petrax and are now working at 5K studio in Helsinki. Denis is missing sheeps and rest of us huge meals but now it's no time for hugging animals or eating. We need to keep focus on music. Niclas is recording his bass at the moment, sounds amazing. We have captured big balls to these sessions. Stay tuned folks!"
If you missed the first studio report, head over to this location.
Check out the second report here:
Amorphis is currently recording the follow-up to 2011’s "The Beginning Of Times" (reviewed here), and the band has now released the first in a series of studio reports. Check out the clip below, and the band commented:
"Hello people, Denis Goria is shooting a Rockumentary about the recordings of the forthcoming Amorphis album. We will add a part to the film where the band will be answering questions made by you! But we need questions. Please send here your questions (before Sept 15th) you would like the band to answer. The best five questions will selected to the movie! Thanks in advance. For now, check out the first studio report below!"
Finnish forerunners of melancholic dark metal, Amorphis, recently announced that they will enter the studio in September to record their yet-untitled 11th album. The follow-up to 2011’s "The Beginning Of Times" (reviewed here) will be produced and mixed by Hypocrisy and Pain mastermind Peter Tägtgren.
“We had to face the fact that if we want to develop our music and sound we need a producer who has a vision and whom we can accept as an authority,” commented Amorphis guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen. “I know that we’re not the most flexible guys when it comes to letting outsiders into our camp for telling us how to do things. We spent one evening at our management office, talking about the right producer and the recording sessions in general. As usual, the best decisions are not far to seek. We've been talking to Peter about him producing Amorphis for ages. I think the first time we spoke about this was when we met first at the Nuclear Blast festival tour in 1994, and it was in Helsinki around a year ago when we last speculated about the idea. We've been following Peter's career - he's developed as a musician and especially as a producer over the years. Plus he's one of the true survivors from the 90's death metal scene who is still around just like us, so we share kind of an old school mental level.”
The recordings are set to take place in the famous premises of Petrax Studio in Hollola and 5K Studios in Helsinki. Esa explains: “We’ve decided to record in Finland so that Peter can come here to escape to Petrax in the countryside with us, in order to record all the drums plus some additional lines. Later on, we’ll continue in Helsinki at 5K Studios to lay down the rest of the material. The mixing will be done with Peter in the Swedish Abyss Studios. We’ll keep you posted about how the sessions proceed!” More...
Finland's Amorphis has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and releasing a new album next year:
"In December, Amorphis will play seven club shows in Finland. The dates are as follows:
05.12. Oulu, Teatria
06.12. Jyväskylä, Lutakko
07.12. Seinäjoki, Rytmikorjaamo
12.12. Helsinki, Tavastia
13.12. Pori, Bar Kino
14.12. Turku, Klubi
29.12. Tampere, Pakkahuone
"Recordings for the eleventh Amorphis album will start in September at Petrax Studios in Hollola and 5K Studios in Helsinki. Lyrics will again be crafted by Pekka Kainulainen, who already collaborated with Amorphis on the previous three albums. More...
Amorphis has announced the band will be aboard the Sweden Rock Cruise on the Silja Galaxy, which leaves from Stockholm (SE) to Turku (FI) on Friday, October 5th and returns on the following day. Ticket prices start at 595 SEK per person (incl. cabin and access to all concerts and other onboard entertainment). Other bands to perform include Satyricon, Portrait, Rage, and more.
Finnish metal act Amorphis has checked in with the following announcement about an upcoming acoustic show in Finland:
"On July 1st, Amorphis will play an acoustic show in Sammatti (Lohja, FI). The venue of this special performance is the yard of Paikkari cabin at Sampomäki - birthplace of Elias Lönnrot, the father of the Kalevala.
"The event will be moderated by poet/performance artist Pekka Kainulainen, also known as the lyricist of the latest three Amorphis albums.
"Tickets are available at the gates or may be ordered in advance from email@example.com at a price of € 10 (free entry for children under 16 accompanied by a parent)."
Relapse Records has unleashed the label's prestigious 20+ year catalog online via Bandcamp at this location. All of the albums from the catalog can now be streamed for free.
The official Relapse page features over 122 artists including Baroness, Dying Fetus, Pig Destroyer, Red Fang, Necrophagist, Revocation, and many more, each streaming their entire Relapse catalog for free in addition to offering the albums as high quality 320k mp3 or FLAC downloads.
Additionally, the label has made available a page for Relapse alumni including Mastodon, Neurosis, Amorphis, Nile, High in Fire, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and over 20 additional artists at this location.
The first edition of the Costa De Fuego Festival 2012 will take place on July 20th and 21st in Benicassim, Castellon, Spain in the Las Palmas desert. Camping will start one day before and extend to one day after. There will be over three stages and fifty bands playing the festival, an initial list of which we have put below. Get more information on the Festival by heading over to its website.
GUNS 'N' ROSES
WE ARE THE OCEAN
Amorphis has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming Finnish tour dates:
"Are you planning a trip to Finland soon? Well, you should! In April, Amorphis will perform at several classical concert halls in major Finnish towns. The band wants to offer its fans a chance of hearing Amorphis in an environment very different from the usual. After the recent tours abroad, the concert hall tour means charting an entirely new territory."
Esa Holopainen sheds some light on what is to be expected: "The shows will include songs we have not played in a long time as well as acoustic arrangements of our better-known tunes. However, it is not going to be a completely acoustic set. We have toured full power for quite a few years now, and with this concert hall setting and the new repertoire, we want to challenge not only our listeners but also ourselves. We noticed that in fact we have rather many songs that are acoustic or feature plenty of acoustic instruments in their compositions. More...
Darkscene.at has posted a new lengthy video interview with vocalist Tomi Joutsen and bassist Niclas Etelävuori from Finnish death metal band Amorphis, which was conducted at Rockhouse Salzburg (Austria) on January 5th, 2012. Check out the clip below.
Although there had certainly been nothing to complain about with the weather thus far on the cruise, the final full day heralded the most perfect weather we had seen yet: not a cloud in the sky, deliciously warm, and thankfully not too windy (which had previously been a problem from time to time). With a full complement of great bands to check out and oddly, no ill-effects from the previous night's alcoholic adventures, I was primed for an absolutely awesome day.
Finland's Amorphis has now confirmed a series of appearances for the upcoming summer festival season. The following show are now locked down (with more to be announced soon):
Amorphis also recently announced two upcoming Japanese shows. Details are as follows:
MAY 17, 2012 (Thu) - TOKYO : Duo Music Exchange
OPEN 6:00pm / START 7:00pm
MAY 19, 2012 (Sat) - OSAKA : Club Quattro
OPEN 5:00pm / START 6:00pm
Metal Injection boarded the second edition of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise this past January and has just posted a recap of all the madness that happened on the high seas in a five minute video clip. Check out the footage below.
Additionally, over 500 photos from the cruise have been uploaded to the Metal Injection photo gallery, including copious amounts of photos of all the fans in attendance. View those at this location.
Finally, a video clip featuring artists who played the cruise is available. Members of Cannibal Corpse. Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Amorphis, Crowbar, Eluveitie, Athiest, Stratovarius, Pestilence and Kataklysm discuss what their favorite part of playing the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise was here.