Amorphis - The Beginning Of Times


8.1 | 620 votes |
Release date: 25 May 2011
Style: Folk metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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01. Battle For Light
02. Mermaid
03. My Enemy
04. You I Need
05. Song Of The Sage
06. Three Words
07. Reformation
08. Soothsayer
09. On A Stranded Shore
10. Escape
11. Crack In A Stone
12. Beginning Of Time
13. Heart's Song [digipack bonus]

The best Heavy / Melodic Metal album of 2011

Additional info
Finland: May 25th
Europe: May 27th
North America: June 7th

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten
Rating:
8.0
Amorphis have to be one of best and at the same time most loved bands from Finland. Actually, the only time they let me down was with Far From The Sun, the last album with Pasi Koskinen behind the microphone. The future of the band in the eyes of their fans was quite uncertain, but Tomy Joutsen came in like an earthquake and blended in a unique way with the rest of the band. Eclipse and Silent Waters prove it. Skyforger was good, just good. A bit more appealing to the common listener, hence the band left behind the grunting vocals to a big extent.

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published 15.06.2011 | Comments (31)

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11.10.2010 - 15:30
Lovecraft
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I have really high hopes for this!
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11.10.2010 - 21:28
Reza
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Written by Guest on 11.10.2010 at 15:30

I have really high hopes for this!

It'll (probably) be something similar to their 3 previous works.
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02.02.2011 - 01:16
deliverance7
How Can These Guys Create An Album Every Two Years?????
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20.03.2011 - 23:56
jfAkerfeldt
I have really high hopes for this album too...I hope this album be different to their previous works, Tomi Joutsen in this moment is one of the best singers in the heavy metal now¡¡¡¡¡¡
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22.03.2011 - 04:44
Honken
I too have very high hopes for this album. I really like their last couple of albums. Pretty much all the other bands I listen to have released "meh" albums this and last year, so I'm desperate for some good music. Also, they release it on my birthday so it HAS to be good!
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29.03.2011 - 21:06
Rating: 9
Sr Tumnus
This gona be great!!!!
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Damn is good!
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30.03.2011 - 13:29
Luneth
This should be interesting. Been a lot of good Death Metal this year so far.
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30.03.2011 - 14:07
Rating: 6
Doc Godin
Full Grown Hoser
Written by Luneth on 30.03.2011 at 13:29

This should be interesting. Been a lot of good Death Metal this year so far.

Not sure if you listened to the last album...But that sounded only slightly death metal, and seeing as most bands tend to grow more melodic over time, I highly doubt this one will be death metal at all.
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"I got a lot of really good ideas, problem is, most of them suck."
- George Carlin
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30.03.2011 - 16:19
Luneth
Written by Doc Godin on 30.03.2011 at 14:07

Written by Luneth on 30.03.2011 at 13:29

This should be interesting. Been a lot of good Death Metal this year so far.

Not sure if you listened to the last album...But that sounded only slightly death metal, and seeing as most bands tend to grow more melodic over time, I highly doubt this one will be death metal at all.


Ah, I wasn't aware of that [haven't listened to their last album]. But we can always hope xD.
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Evil? I am not Malevolent, I simply am!
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05.04.2011 - 05:23
Rating: 8
Destructo
The cover looks so similar to Wolfmother's Cosmic Egg album.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XF2VJMjOM3w/SwZLFPKNriI/AAAAAAAABRY/WUa8tlvLCoo/s1600/cosmic%2Begg.jpg
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06.04.2011 - 17:31
Rating: 8
Risto
Wandering Midget
Written by Luneth on 30.03.2011 at 16:19

Written by Doc Godin on 30.03.2011 at 14:07

Written by Luneth on 30.03.2011 at 13:29

This should be interesting. Been a lot of good Death Metal this year so far.

Not sure if you listened to the last album...But that sounded only slightly death metal, and seeing as most bands tend to grow more melodic over time, I highly doubt this one will be death metal at all.


Ah, I wasn't aware of that [haven't listened to their last album]. But we can always hope xD.

Amorphis haven't really been death metal since the Elegy days, even though death vocals and Kalevala themes made a return when Tomi Joutsen joined From what I've heard, this album will be more progressive than Skyforger.
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07.04.2011 - 00:01
Rating: 6
Doc Godin
Full Grown Hoser
Written by Risto on 06.04.2011 at 17:31

From what I've heard, this album will be more progressive than Skyforger.

Oh. Yuck. I really hope they don't go overboard on the whole "progressive" thin.
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"I got a lot of really good ideas, problem is, most of them suck."
- George Carlin
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07.04.2011 - 10:06
Rating: 8
Risto
Wandering Midget
Written by Doc Godin on 07.04.2011 at 00:01

Oh. Yuck. I really hope they don't go overboard on the whole "progressive" thin.

Average track length is still around 4:30, so it's nothing else than trying out new things with the current sound. Expect more technical drumming
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24.04.2011 - 13:35
Rating: 8
Sentenced Odiin
gothic.moorion@gmail.com
I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...
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24.04.2011 - 15:03
Rating: 9
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?
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24.04.2011 - 15:21
Rating: 8
Sentenced Odiin
gothic.moorion@gmail.com
Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 15:03

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?

its hard to categorize, but the last 3 albums are a mixture of melodic-death, progressive, folk and even gothic metal (to simplify we can call them melodic metal..), but definitely not "traditional" heavy metal like Dio or Mötörhead... the era between toulena to far from the sun are okey for heavy metal/modern hard rock.
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24.04.2011 - 17:04
Rating: 9
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 15:21

Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 15:03

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?

its hard to categorize, but the last 3 albums are a mixture of melodic-death, progressive, folk and even gothic metal (to simplify we can call them melodic metal..), but definitely not "traditional" heavy metal like Dio or Mötörhead... the era between toulena to far from the sun are okey for heavy metal/modern hard rock.

i'd call the era toulea-far from the sun hark rock with heavy metal moments and this era just heavy metal. yeah, it doesnt have anything to do with dio or motorhead but in my mind these are the best words to describe this music. the "melodic death" term would fit them a bit in eclipse. but after that not. generally amorphis have elements of many styles in their music but this doesnt mean that they play all these styles. they collect some elements and creating something new (which, as i said, is closer to heavy metal for me).
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26.04.2011 - 16:26
Rating: 8
Sentenced Odiin
gothic.moorion@gmail.com
Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 17:04

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 15:21

Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 15:03

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?

its hard to categorize, but the last 3 albums are a mixture of melodic-death, progressive, folk and even gothic metal (to simplify we can call them melodic metal..), but definitely not "traditional" heavy metal like Dio or Mötörhead... the era between toulena to far from the sun are okey for heavy metal/modern hard rock.

i'd call the era toulea-far from the sun hark rock with heavy metal moments and this era just heavy metal. yeah, it doesnt have anything to do with dio or motorhead but in my mind these are the best words to describe this music. the "melodic death" term would fit them a bit in eclipse. but after that not. generally amorphis have elements of many styles in their music but this doesnt mean that they play all these styles. they collect some elements and creating something new (which, as i said, is closer to heavy metal for me).

i see
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29.04.2011 - 19:05
Rating: 8
Risto
Wandering Midget
"Eight songs include growled vocals, so only four have only clean singing, which feels like a massive difference compared to Silent Waters, for example." -Aki Nuopponen, journalist (Imperiumi.net)
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29.04.2011 - 19:09
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Risto on 29.04.2011 at 19:05

"Eight songs include growled vocals, so only four have only clean singing, which feels like a massive difference compared to Silent Waters, for example." -Aki Nuopponen, journalist (Imperiumi.net)

That's a turn up for the books o.0 Of course do they mean that 4 songs include nothing but clean singing and the others are a combo of clean and growls? I think that probablyis the case so I doubt it'll be all the different to the last couple of records.
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29.04.2011 - 19:12
Rating: 8
Risto
Wandering Midget
Written by Guest on 29.04.2011 at 19:09

Written by Risto on 29.04.2011 at 19:05

"Eight songs include growled vocals, so only four have only clean singing, which feels like a massive difference compared to Silent Waters, for example." -Aki Nuopponen, journalist (Imperiumi.net)

That's a turn up for the books o.0 Of course do they mean that 4 songs include nothing but clean singing and the others are a combo of clean and growls? I think that probablyis the case so I doubt it'll be all the different to the last couple of records.

Yeah, that's most likely since no Amorphis song had nothing but growls since Joutsen's arrival
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30.04.2011 - 01:28
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Risto on 29.04.2011 at 19:05

"Eight songs include growled vocals, so only four have only clean singing, which feels like a massive difference compared to Silent Waters, for example." -Aki Nuopponen, journalist (Imperiumi.net)

We'll just see about that.
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02.05.2011 - 13:13
Rating: 8
Risto
Wandering Midget
"My Enemy" is up on Facebook. Genre: Melodic Death Metal!
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06.05.2011 - 20:39
Pankar95
I think the 2 tracks released so far suck a lot.
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14.05.2011 - 02:11
Rating: 9
MétalNoir
Fils du Lys
Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 15:21

Written by Deadmeat on 24.04.2011 at 15:03

Written by Sentenced Odiin on 24.04.2011 at 13:35

I dont know why metalstorm label amorphis as heavy metal/hard rock...

what are they?

its hard to categorize, but the last 3 albums are a mixture of melodic-death, progressive, folk and even gothic metal (to simplify we can call them melodic metal..), but definitely not "traditional" heavy metal like Dio or Mötörhead... the era between toulena to far from the sun are okey for heavy metal/modern hard rock.

"Metal" is the shortened version of "Heavy Metal", so the latest doesn't necessarily mean say NWOBHM or anything particularly old-school. As you said they're hard to classify so I guess calling them "Metal" or "Heavy metal" is the safest way to describe them, though I agree the "Hard rock" label is outdated. After all, "Folk-influenced progressive melodic death/gothic metal" is pretty complicated for a subgenre, right?
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25.05.2011 - 00:36
Rating: 8
Risto
Wandering Midget
I just came at Song of the Sage, and I expect most long-time fans to do the same.
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25.05.2011 - 14:49
Edmund Fogg
Well, Eclipse was a great album IMO and Skyforger seemed kinda flat with nothing really standing out. I hope this release has more to offer. I'm anxious to hear it
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The Observer is the source of reality - Bloom
God damn it!! What did Diddy didn't do? - Satan
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25.05.2011 - 19:13
Rating: 9
Therapy?
Who the hell cares what label to stick on this band. The band is great, has evolved alot in a good way and this album is going to be great. At least the two singles I heard so far are! Tomi is an excellent singer.

From the skyforger album, Silver Bride gave me goosebumps. It's an effing great song. And the album in general is also extremely good.
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25.05.2011 - 21:36
JPR
Written by Therapy? on 25.05.2011 at 19:13

Who the hell cares what label to stick on this band. The band is great, has evolved alot in a good way and this album is going to be great. At least the two singles I heard so far are! Tomi is an excellent singer.


Agreed.
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26.05.2011 - 04:09
Rating: 7
dougver1
I actually enjoyed this one more than their last! Not bad at all!
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