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Release date: 19 April 2013
Style: Folk metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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8.4 | 449 votes

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01. Shades Of Gray
02. Mission
03. The Wanderer
04. Narrow Path
05. Hopeless Days
06. Nightbird's Song
07. Into The Abyss
08. Enchanted By The Moon
09. A New Day
10. Dead Man's Dream [Box set bonus] [American Deluxe Edition Bonus]
11. New Song [Japanese bonus]
12. My Future [Vinyl bonus]

[American Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD]
01. The Making Of "Circle"
02. Nightbird's Song [video]

The Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album Of 2013

Review
Lyrics (12)


Line-up
Tomi Joutsen - vocals
Esa Holopainen - guitars
Tomi "Samuel Lempo" Koivusaari - guitars
Niclas Etelävuori - bass
Santeri Kallio - keyboards
Jan "Malakias II" Rechberger - drums

Session musicians
Sakari Kukko - flutes, sax
Mari Multanen - vocals
Tuukka Helminen - cello


Additional info
Release dates: April 19 in Europe, April 30 in North America.

Recorded between September and October 2012 at Petrax Studios, Hollola and 5K Studios, Helsinko.
Mixed between October and November 2012 at Abyss Studios, Pärlby.
Recorded and engineered by Peter Tägtgren.
Additional engineering by Jan Rechberger and Santeri Kallio.
Produced by Peter Tägtgren and Amorphis.
Mixed by Peter Tägtgren.
Mastered by Jonas Kjellgren at Blacklounge Studio.

Artwork & layout by Tom Bates.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
8.6
Finland's Amorphis have mutated from a cherished 90s death/doom act into a new wave of heavy metal type of phenomenon in the early 2000s. Having successfully redefined their sound with albums such as Eclipse and Silent Waters, the band journeyed through time with two more releases made of the same cloth with Skyforger and The Beginning of Times. Now facing the challenge to either continue on the same path or deviate to a different sound, will the band make the right decision? All the answers can be found in the release of one of this year's most anticipated albums entitled Circle.

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published 16.06.2013 | Comments (17)

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MétalNoir - 14.05.2013 at 03:56  
 
Written by MetrockickA on 27.04.2013 at 11:03

I'm just curious , since when Heavy Metal Albums Have HARSH vocal Styles on songs like "Shades Of Gray"?;D
someone explain it to me.
honestly,i believe it's not heavy metal in a way ,at least it's not that kind of heavy metal i know and i live with it. i can hear progressive elements on some of these songs.
or maybe,im wrong....I dunno.???
only hopeless days track is close enough to my taste.
i think 5/10 is fair enough.

I guess this is your first encounter with Amorphis, right? They're not Heavy metal, actually, no one would call them that. They're "metal"¸ simply because it's hard to categorize their sound. They started as a doomy kind of death but now mix melodeath, prog, folk, gothic, etc. MS calls them "Heavy metal " just because they never write "Metal" in the genre section, I think...
Monolithic - 14.05.2013 at 15:12  
Rating: 9 Catchy as the F word!
Lastone - 25.05.2013 at 03:22  
Rating: 9 Again really good album from Amorphis!
Anastasia - 26.05.2013 at 01:29  
Rating: 9 Heavy as announced and still including some of the old Amorphis melo-death vibes, excellent!
Therapy? - 29.05.2013 at 00:18  
Rating: 9 Loving it. Exactly what I hoped for after "The Beginning Of Times" which was less heavy but also excellent. There's a lot of different influences, I especially like the black metal influence in "Nightbird's Song" although it's hard for me to pinpoint a favourite yet. I'm glad with the overall heavier approach for a bit of variety, but without harming the characteristic Amorphis soundof the Tomi Joutsen era. He's doing an excellent job with the vocals, as usual.

I can understand some of the comments that Amorphis doesn't bring anything "new" to the table but for me that's not a con at all. As with some other bands (like for example Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum, etc.) the current characteristic sound Amorphis produces is very much to my liking and hence I wouldn't want them to stray too far from that path. I rather really enjoy getting my hands on new material and finding the subtle changes and/or improvements that the band has created. In this case, that which I described above.
NocturnalStalker - 01.06.2013 at 19:02  
Rating: 7 This albums contains some nice songs, such as Shades Of Gray and Hopeless Days. At the the same, I have nothing against Santeri Kallio but I can't bring myself to like the songs he wrote for this album. I also need to mention that more than once, while listening to this album, Amorphis reminded me of their compatriots Battlelore (Nightbird's Song, Enchanted By The Moon). Overall, "Circle" is a nice album but it's far from being my favourite Amorphis work so far. Well, maybe it will grow on me. Hopefully.

P.S. Oh, and, curiously, I found the bonus track Dead Man's Dream much better than most of the album tracks.
jfAkerfeldt - 05.07.2013 at 22:57  
Rating: 10 Great album, I think it has different facets to their previous albums. For me it is still the best the Tales, Silent Waters and then there in third place would the Circle.
LeKiwi - 06.07.2013 at 20:46  
Rating: 10 This is their most consistent album with Tomi on vocal duty, the only era I've enjoyed tbh. While none of the songs here are among my favourite like "The Smoke", "Silver Bride", "Silent Waters", or "House Of Sleep" this is a great album overall Not a single track I dislike, compared to the other albums on which there was 3 or 4 amazing tracks and several mediocre ones.
ManowarMalon - 13.07.2013 at 22:50  
  Incredible album! "Hopeless Days" and "Nighbirds Song" are just SO DAMMED METAL, they're just a proof of everything it made Amorphis so great!. Whole album is probably a 9.
Vonpire - 05.11.2013 at 16:26  
Rating: 10 This is probably the most consistent amorphis album of all. Even not existing any alone or better unborn all songs here are of a extreme quality and really catchy. I love this album!
Deadmeat - 09.12.2013 at 22:17  
Rating: 9 One of their best albums. i agree with Vonpire, though this album hasn't any ULTRA AMAZING song it is ultra amazingly consistent and full of very very good songs. The Wanderer is probably my favorite song and then come: hopeless days, nightbirds song, entchanted by the moon, shades of grey..
Dentura - 01.03.2014 at 11:33  
Rating: 9 Congrats to Amorphis for the Best Heavy Metal Album (2013) award! Can't believe they won the award four times in a row already, that's pretty impressive.

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