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Amorphis Enchants Audience At Tampa Bay Show

Finnish Metal kings, Amorphis (along with fellow countrymen, Swallow The Sun) visited one of Tampa Bay's premier music venues, The Orpheum, on April 18th. This was one of the final dates of their current North American tour and the band's first Tampa show in more than 12 years.

Everything about their killer set confirmed why they're considered one of the greatest European bands of the last two decades. The six-piece opened with the bombastic title track from their glorious new album, "Under The Red Cloud" (Nuclear Blast).  

After that, they delivered classic after classic, mixing old and new material from their vast discography. Among the cuts included were Prog-oriented epics "Into Hiding," "My Kantele," "Black Winter Day" and "Sampo" and the relatively straightforward-yet-anthemic hits "House Of Sleep," "Silver Bride" and "The Smoke," among many others.

The fans' hyper-enthusiastic response to each of these songs clearly demonstrated Amorphis' capacity to enchant audiences with a diverse repertory characterized by powerful melodies, folkloric overtones, and equal amounts of melancholy and aggression.

Undoubtedly, the band delivered the most dazzling Metal performance witnessed by a Tampa Bay audience this year. They're at the very top of their powers and as vibrant and magical as they've ever been. Just one request: please, do not take another 12 years to return!

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Ramon Martos Garcia proudly writes for Metal Underground.com, PureGrainAudio.com and other metal/rock related websites. He's the owner of an indie record label and runs a site about Metal album covers, And Justice for Art.

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