Joutsen’s affectionate, plush, profound cleans are much more prominent. Thank you, Amorphis, for giving me this music of the gods. That question aside for later revise, let’s take a closer look at the short history of one of Finland’s best, when it comes to great atmosphere and competent musicianship. Unlike some of their other less melodic albums, Skyforger’s only song with almost all hard vocals is Majestic Beast, which includes nothing but riffs of either eerie slams of steady chugging. Not only that they were the first band added to the metal-archives. Melodic death metal , progressive metal , power metal , folk metal . The lyrics are quite complex and metaphorical, again dealing with love, loneliness, loss, existence and the heavens.
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Swiss Albums Chart . Many times on here am I reminded of Insomnium in terms of that immense lead guitar angle, gracefully executed here by Esa Holopainen. For a somewhat lighter, elevating Amorphis, Skyforger ‘s definitely the thing that’ll capture your attention. I read somewhere that this is a concept album, and I would love to know more about the background information so I can judge it. Many fans hailed the album as the best since the legendary “Elegy”.
This s metal album—related article is a stub. The sound is a mix of melodic riffs containing trace elements of death metal and progressive metal with a very slight shadow of doom metal that has by this stage in their career all but disappeared. Amorphis have been on quite the tear since acquiring Tomi Joutsen; it is now the third album with this new singer, yet another quality effort which aspires to but doesn’t quite reach the level of some of their classics ‘Tales from the Thousand Lakes’, ‘Elegy’.
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The drums are the only thing which have something left to be desired. You can do a lot better than this. These are the reasons why we have a quite good but not an excellent record. Amorphis elitists have been complaining for eons on how this band has been progressively changing its sound to the point of no longer even being heavy metal. Although Majestic Beast is perhaps the only track that would satisfy the hunger of death metal fans, harsh vocals are present throughout the album, although are about as sparse as the previous two releases.
They added more melodies, made mostly by wah-wah and intense choruses, reverb effects, enchanting solos full of emotions performed with an amazing ability. The music is for the most part very melodic, with incredibly catchy choruses intermixed with the occasional death metal growls the latter half of Sampo, the ending of Silver Bride, Majestic Beast but consisting for the most part of clean vocal passages.
Another highlight that fits more the album and resumes everything you might like about the new face and style of the Finnish masters of metal is the slightly progressive opener “Sampo” that mixes soft, harsh and progressive passages that are all hold together by enchanting melodies. These heavy guitars are more of the guiding star for the whole album, leading it along through its low and high points, in volume and intensity.
If someone so much as suggests that they are, shoot them. Speaking of vocals, Tomi Joutsen shines the brightest on this record, and truly displays just how varied his capabilities are. Its lyrical content is on par with its musical quality, especially during the chorus, and all this is enhanced by the presence of a perfectly positioned solo during the latter half of the song, just after the second repetition of the chorus and before the conclusion of the song, which is the chorus repeated one last time.
Amazingly, nothing from the rest of the album can be considered weak or even filler material; each song has its place and, while certainly not all of them are immediately noticeable, all are highly enjoyable, if somewhat discreet in some cases. Silver Bride with the headbanging conclusion, From Earth I Rose in its epic intro roar, Course of Fate in basically all of it, Highest Star in the key-changing post-chorus, and let us not forget the rocking track Majestic Beast.
Piano, as mentioned before, is a common element throughout Skyforger, as well as the various types of guitars. From the majestic chorus of “Course Of Fate” to the simple, yet enchanting solo of “Silver Bride”, and of course to the stomper that we call “Majestic Beast”, a beast of a song, quite literally due to Joustens diverse vocal stylings.
Any fan of folk metal and catchy melodic metal with beautiful melodies and a lot of atmosphere should though check this record out and any true fan of Amorphis shouldn’t hesitate to buy this album. Koivusaari and Holopainen are as amazing as they are in the albums Jousten and Co. In this sense it is a return to Tales from the Thousand Lakes which told stories from different parts of the Kalevala.
Going with the fatter production, the bass and skygorger are powerful. Like the previous album, the lyrics to Skyforger are English translations of Finnish poems based on the Kalevala and written by Pekka Sskyforger.
Amorphis – Skyforger
A flute is used in Highest Star, an awesome addition to the song and the album, and the symphonic instruments really have a lot to offer in Majestic Beast in the non-melodic parts, interestingly enough. This album should not only appeal to Amorphis fans, but also fans of an array of metal sub-genres. Mikko KarmilaMarco HietalaAmorphis. They now sound like hammer blows, cushioned by soft bland tunes and smooth drumming accompanied by mellow riffing.