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Amorphis: The Beginning Of Times

How do you top and better your last album? Especially if it's the magnificent Skyforger which was crammed packed full of huge melodies, crunching heavy riffs and soaring vocals. Well the answer is simple, you come back with stronger songs, bigger melodies and make it just as heavy…if it aint broke don't fix it, right?

First track 'Battle For Light' combines Finnish folk, guttural vocals and some majestic soaring melodies which encapsulate you in an envelope of metallic riffs. From then on it simply gets better, 'Mermaid' & 'My Enemy' all have the meandering background keyboards while Tomi Joutsen powers through the tracks like his very existence depended on it. First single 'You I Need' will have you ripping up the Fjords in a speedboat while the wave of melodies washes over you in a flood of rippling guitar. Combining all the best elements of Metal, a little sprinkling of Prog with a squeeze of Folk, Amorphis have truly accomplished the unthinkable and bettered their last album. Even the Iron Maiden flavored 'Song Of the Sage' thunders along with the pace of a galloping thoroughbred stopping slightly for a folk tinged break. This is an album that demands repeat listens to fully appreciate the complex layers that lie within, every outing reveals more riffs, solo's and intricate keyboard work that builds a solid structure of an album. The Beginning Of Time is certainly a new chapter in the history of Amorphis, let's just hope that it's the beginning of global domination for this much underrated band.

Track Listing:-
1. Battle For Light
2. Mermaid
3. My Enemy
4. You I Need
5. Song Of The Sage
6. Three Words
7. Reformation
8. Soothsayer
9. On A Stranded Shore
10. Escape
11. Crack In A Stone
12. Beginning Of Time

Added: June 9th 2011
Reviewer: Mark Davies
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 4985
Language: english

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