Monday, October 31, 2011

Amorphis/Elegy/Relapse Records/1996 CD Review

Amorphis are a band from Finland that plays atmospheric doom/death metal with a progressive rock and folk music feel and this is a review of their classic 1996 album "Elegy" which was released by Relapse Records.

Drums are a mixture between slow and midpaced drumming with no fast parts or blast beats being utilized, while the keyboards are very atmospheric sounding with alot of progressive rock influences and an ocassional industrial sounding part, also there are a variety of instruments being used such as tambourine, Electric Sitar, chordian, and kantelle which gives the music a folk music feel which is good mixed with the pagan lyrics.

Bas playing is all rhythm bass that follows the riffs coming out of the guitars and at times there are bass leads, while the Rhythm guitars mix slow and fast riffs that are influenced by death and doom metal with a melodic edge, as for the lead guitars they bring out alot of melodic guitar leads that are influenced by 70's progressive rock with alot of wah wah pedal being used, acoustic guitars when they are utilized use alot of open chords and give the music a folk rock feel with some finger picking parts being added.

Vocals are a mixture between deep death metal growls that are very easy to understand mixed in with some clean singer, while the lyrics are based on The Kanteler which was the companion to the Kalevala and there are alot of poetic songs that have alot of Finish mythology in them, as for the production on this album which was recorded at Sunlight Studio in Stockholm, Sweden, MD Studio in Helesinki, Finland and Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments.

In my opinion Amorphis are a very talented band and this is one of their best albums. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Better Unborn" "Of Rich And Poor" "My Kantelle" and "Song Of The Troubled One". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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