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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