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Release date: 1 November 1992
Style: Death metal


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01. Karelia
02. The Gathering
03. Grails Mysteries
04. Warriors Trail
05. Black Embrace
06. Exile Of The Sons Of Uisliu
07. The Lost Name Of God
08. The Pilgrimage
09. Misery Path
10. Sign From The North Side
11. Vulgar Necrolatry [Abhorrence cover] [bonus]

Lyrics (11)

Tomi "Samuel Lempo" Koivusaari - rhythm guitar, vocals
Esa Holopainen - guitars
Jan "Malakias II" Rechberger - drums, keyboards
Olli-Pekka Laine - bass

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Erik M. A List Of Great Debut Albums  | #83
@gent_-_orange The @gents Old School Death Metal / Not So Old School Grindcore List  | #7
saw_you_drown The Top Of Death's Crystal Mountain (150 Greatest Death Metal Albums)  | #80
Marillion Amorphis Top 10  | #2
Kuroboshi Amorphis - Best To Worst  | #5
Marillion All Time Metal/Symph Top 100, still working on it  | #43
rivendel TOP 10 ALBUMS 1992  | #10
Vonpire Vonpire's 1992 Best  | #17
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!J.O.O.E.! - 05.08.2012 at 16:25  
  Great friggin' album.
Darkside Momo - 05.08.2012 at 18:22  
Troy Killjoy - 06.08.2012 at 05:20  
  Absolutely; quite possibly the best Amorphis release for me, although I've always been more inclined to think that of Tales...
Dentura - 09.01.2013 at 21:10  
Rating: 6 It's definitely an interesting side to Amorphis that I'm not used to hearing from them quite as often. I do enjoy my standard death metal every once in a while, however I prefer their later melodic work way more. That's just me though.
Bad English - 22.06.2013 at 15:33  
  This is exelent, old school album, maybe most unique in their carear, more meaning then rest of band works 1992, lost Karealia, colapse of ussr, ideas of getting back stoller Theriory, symbolic album, even musicaly I prefere Tailes Of The 1000 Lakes, but this is awesome to
Alex F - 03.08.2014 at 17:00  
Rating: 9 Goddammit I love this album so much. Definitely among my favorite "old school" death metal albums
ManiacBlasphemer - 06.08.2014 at 01:25  
Rating: 7 Ok, I find this one to be just another case of a debut album mania. While it ain't bad, and I do admit it has some hints of what the band would turn out to be on subsequence releases, this is just your average death metal played in order to garner some attention, a fan-base. Amorphis had the profesionalism and insight to do much better, but like any other new band, they needed to record something that would fit with a trend, to garner a solid fan-base and then to start experimenting with other sounds.

In many ways, this path seems very similar with Paradise Lost's debut, Therion's first three or Ulver's first three (with the exception that Ulver was actually quite good in playing black metal, even though they deny ever playing this genre). The Karelian Isthmus is not a bad album, far from it, but it is aeons behind Tales From A Thousand Lakes. It is just in a completely other league. I would recommend this album only for the die-hard fans of the band, to see the very inception of this band. Amorphis was not the kind of band that would take the world by storm with their debut, they are the kind of band that started to become solid with time.

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