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

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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

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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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Dentura - 27.01.2013 at 22:06  
Rating: 9 This should be awesome, I'm looking forward to picking up my copy! The artwork is quite unusual for Amorphis, but I really like it. I believe it's the first time they have shown an actual person on an album cover of theirs (not counting soldiers in background of The Karelian Isthmus), if that really means anything, it's just something I've noticed personally. I hope they come to America to tour, because I definitely want to see them live!!
Giza - 30.03.2013 at 15:51  
Rating: 8 Judging by the two tracks released on youtube, "Shades Of Gray" and "Hopeless Days" this might be their most heaviest album since their melodeath era. Really looking forward to check this one out.
Risto - 05.04.2013 at 16:19  
Rating: 8 Dooooooom!



Instead of spamming the Metal Storm newsfeed, keep an eye on the NB Youtube channel cause they might release all tracks one by one before the 19th. "The Wanderer" is coming out as an iTunes single in German-speaking countries on April 12th.
John Shock - 11.04.2013 at 00:39  
  I'm curious to listen to the album! I think this will be good! never was very much into Amorphis but lately i took the pacience to listen to then and i must say, i'm impressed how good they are and how catchy their melodic stuff can be!
Risto - 13.04.2013 at 11:50  
Rating: 8 Not sure if an Amorphis album has ever had a stronger start than what "Shades of Gray" and "Mission" are, the latter has an outstanding solo section. The second half of the album is a bit harder nut to crack but sounds promising altogether. "Hopeless Days" and "Nightbird's Song" could've switched places for a better overall flow though...

Oh, you're asking if it's leaked? Yes!
Stoned Crow - 17.04.2013 at 13:50  
  A purchase for me, I think highly of it. I am not an Amorphis fanboy, but I appreciate Silent Waters, Eclipse, and of course Tales from the Thousand Lakes. With that being said, this album is pretty special. I think it's better than Silent Waters and Eclipse. I had the typical Amorphis feeling after the first listen. By the fifth I knew my ears were fully enjoying a solid album from beginning to end. I think as an entirety in of itself it is their best work to date with their current sound. There is a "roundness" on this album that the past two were missing- in my opinion.
R'Vannith - 17.04.2013 at 15:16  
Rating: 8
Written by Stoned Crow on 17.04.2013 at 13:50

There is a "roundness" on this album that the past two were missing- in my opinion.


Exactly my thoughts.
moe5512 - 19.04.2013 at 08:56  
Rating: 9
Written by Stoned Crow on 17.04.2013 at 13:50

A purchase for me, I think highly of it. I am not an Amorphis fanboy, but I appreciate Silent Waters, Eclipse, and of course Tales from the Thousand Lakes. With that being said, this album is pretty special. I think it's better than Silent Waters and Eclipse. I had the typical Amorphis feeling after the first listen. By the fifth I knew my ears were fully enjoying a solid album from beginning to end. I think as an entirety in of itself it is their best work to date with their current sound. There is a "roundness" on this album that the past two were missing- in my opinion.

Just have to ask, did you miss their album before Circle, Beginning of TIme?
Stoned Crow - 19.04.2013 at 09:28  
 
Written by moe5512 on 19.04.2013 at 08:56

Written by Stoned Crow on 17.04.2013 at 13:50

There is a "roundness" on this album that the past two were missing- in my opinion.

Just have to ask, did you miss their album before Circle, Beginning of TIme?
vagiosap - 19.04.2013 at 12:57  
Rating: 10 Wow!!! A very very good album combining old and new Amorphis at the best way. Nightbird's song has already take position among Castaway and Orphan (my favorite songs of them). Also Mission is a very beautiful catchy song!!!
Dentura - 19.04.2013 at 19:22  
Rating: 9 Holy shit, this album is so good!!! I was a bit underwhelmed with The Beginning of Times, but this is a nice bounce back!! These songs sound so awesome! This could potentially be one of their best albums yet!
Milena - 19.04.2013 at 20:38  
Rating: 8 Quite quite good, and possibly a grower too.
jfAkerfeldt - 19.04.2013 at 22:19  
Rating: 10 Wao..OMG...I´m very impressed, its sound is very original...I´m Amorphis fan, but never I thought this album will be so wonderfull...My fav band, undoubtedly ¡¡¡¡¡
Northern Danger - 19.04.2013 at 23:33  
Rating: 8 Best tracks are Shades of gray,Mission,Nightbird´s song and Enchanted by the moon.
jfAkerfeldt - 20.04.2013 at 00:20  
Rating: 10 The album has folk, old death school, new amorphis, melancholy and even black metal...very good ¡¡¡
Ap46 - 20.04.2013 at 05:35  
  I like very much this album, considering i only liked Tales From a Thousand Lakes in their discography. That being said, it's definitely a grower, and although it can get a bit soft, the atmosphere it's always present, contributing to the whole sound. It's far from a masterpiece but an amazing album in today's standards, nonetheless.
Reign - 20.04.2013 at 14:52  
Rating: 9 Epic, especially Nightbird's Song and Dead Man's Dream personal favorites
hadriel - 20.04.2013 at 22:19  
Rating: 8 Awesome album. Amorphis is just one of those bands that keeps jumping back and forth between quality and meh albums over and over and over... After the last album I was starting to think they were making a downward turn again, but after giving this a few spins I stand corrected. Still need a few more listens, but I think this is my favorite since Tales.
VforVendetta - 21.04.2013 at 20:43  
Rating: 6 This is not nice! Dear Amorphis got usual!
Something is exactly happening that at the "Pasi Koskinen" era was being happened. I mean boring and always-the-same songs and method.
Their line-up changes used to be so successful. "Silent Waters" is one of my forever favorites. However, "Tomi Joutsen" era is going to be faded. There is always sth about Amorphis that made me like it. But, there is always sth else that made me not. This battle between "To like" and "Not to like" finished when Tomi entered the band. But, unfortunately, passing time makes him a loss, too. This trend started since "The Beginning Of Times" release. And I can say it has been completed now. Tracks, such as "Enchanted By The Moon", "Narrow Path" and "Nightbird's Song" are such a lame that nobody can defend them.

Amorphis is gonna fall "Into (another) abyss"

Guys, What do you think about this release? What factor do you think it lacks of?
I can start by saying "Originality", for sure? What about you?
Risto - 21.04.2013 at 21:02  
Rating: 8
Written by VforVendetta on 21.04.2013 at 20:43
Tracks, such as "Enchanted By The Moon", "Narrow Path" and "Nightbird's Song" are such a lame that nobody can defend them.

Nightbird's Song is actually a vast favorite. So much for claiming nobody can defend it

Quote:

Guys, What do you think about this release? What factor do you think it lacks of?
I can start by saying "Originality", for sure? What about you?

Their sound is as identifiable as that of Iron Maiden. I do think their creative peak is behind them though.
Nivrame - 22.04.2013 at 02:00  
Rating: 7 It's good album but not 'kickass'. Nice music in background, but it makes me tired when listening too long.
kalmah999 - 22.04.2013 at 13:30  
Rating: 9 Nice album
moe5512 - 22.04.2013 at 17:21  
Rating: 9 Really good but I'm not too fond of the high growls, reminds me of Cradle of FIlth
VforVendetta - 22.04.2013 at 20:46  
Rating: 6
Written by Risto on 21.04.2013 at 21:02

Nightbird's Song is actually a vast favorite. So much for claiming nobody can defend it

You're exactly right about that. I see lots of guys like it. That's why I listen to it like one hundred times again. You know, the song starts nicely but it kind of fades in middle and a boring feeling comes to mind in a way that you wanna play another song.


Written by Risto on 21.04.2013 at 21:02

Their sound is as identifiable as that of Iron Maiden. I do think their creative peak is behind them though.


"Creative peak", thnx, it was exactly the expression I was looking for. Although, I don't mind their "identifiable" sound.

All I' saying is that they got bored and always-the-same at end of "Passi Koskinen" and Tomi Joutsen was a new blood to the band. And, I absolutely believe he used to be -and not anymore-. He was such a capable vocal that both his growls and clean sound made everyone astonished. However, comparing those days that they releases tracks like "Servant", "Silent Waters", "Towards and Against", "Silver Bride" and ... with 2013 album made me so disappointed.
ManiacBlasphemer - 22.04.2013 at 22:18  
Rating: 8
Written by VforVendetta on 21.04.2013 at 20:43

This is not nice! Dear Amorphis got usual!
Something is exactly happening that at the "Pasi Koskinen" era was being happened. I mean boring and always-the-same songs and method.
Their line-up changes used to be so successful. "Silent Waters" is one of my forever favorites. However, "Tomi Joutsen" era is going to be faded. There is always sth about Amorphis that made me like it. But, there is always sth else that made me not. This battle between "To like" and "Not to like" finished when Tomi entered the band. But, unfortunately, passing time makes him a loss, too. This trend started since "The Beginning Of Times" release. And I can say it has been completed now. Tracks, such as "Enchanted By The Moon", "Narrow Path" and "Nightbird's Song" are such a lame that nobody can defend them.

Amorphis is gonna fall "Into (another) abyss"

Guys, What do you think about this release? What factor do you think it lacks of?
I can start by saying "Originality", for sure? What about you?


You're overreacting. The album is absolutely brilliant, way above The Beginning of Times and on par with Eclipse and Silent Waters. Pretty much every song flows well, it leaves little to be desired, also I could pick a lot of personal favorites. In other words, the Tomi Joutsen era is still in full force, the chemistry is still there and I hope they will release something even better than this masterpiece. One thing is for sure, Amorphis rarely disappoints.
theembryo - 23.04.2013 at 11:37  
Rating: 9 Hmm.... I rather like this release, comparable in my opinion to how I dig Eclipse. Not in how the music sounds alike, just in the way I like listening...... Maybe am I missing something? Vocals seem a good blend of growl and melody....
Stoned Crow - 24.04.2013 at 00:16  
  Nostalgia -
VforVendetta - 24.04.2013 at 19:27  
Rating: 6
Written by ManiacBlasphemer on 22.04.2013 at 22:18

You're overreacting. The album is absolutely brilliant, way above The Beginning of Times and on par with Eclipse and Silent Waters. Pretty much every song flows well, it leaves little to be desired, also I could pick a lot of personal favorites. In other words, the Tomi Joutsen era is still in full force, the chemistry is still there and I hope they will release something even better than this masterpiece. One thing is for sure, Amorphis rarely disappoints.


Maybe, you're right about overreacting. I can also choose a lot of nice tracks there, -surely "Shades Of Gray" is first one-. I was a fan of them from beginning. I also have lots of memories during the time Passi was there. But, the fact is, whenever each band releases sth, they also increases "expectations". I mean 4 albums in a row, is not sth I expect from Amorphis. Whatever their chemistry was successful, they MUST change the formula.

I want another "A Servant". I'd like to have my ears torn by listening to "Towards and against".

However, I'm absolutely sure about one thing, This album is not a "masterpiece".
I'm sure once either you reach to my opinion or I accept your idea. I hope you won
Northern Danger - 24.04.2013 at 21:23  
Rating: 8 Great album. Keyboards sounds like old Amorphis.....awesome album
VforVendetta - 26.04.2013 at 10:09  
Rating: 6
Written by Guest on 25.04.2013 at 01:25

"Mission" is a decent, 'smoky' dancefloor track. Album: Mostly incoherent, boring and... filled with stupid patterns and odd non-fitting things. Vocals are useless imo, can't feel anything.


Boring; Yep.
Vocal useless; Yep.

Nevertheless, I don't know why there is so much interest in this release.
kalmah999 - 26.04.2013 at 15:09  
Rating: 9 Because, not all people share same thoughts as you do V. People have interest in many albums and this is one of them It is fine that you do not like this release but as you see most of people do.......so just skip it and enjoy something else, some other album
John Shock - 26.04.2013 at 16:42  
 
Written by kalmah999 on 26.04.2013 at 15:09

Because, not all people share same thoughts as you do V. People have interest in many albums and this is one of them It is fine that you do not like this release but as you see most of people do.......so just skip it and enjoy something else, some other album

Well said! I think that's each ones opinions... Everyone should like what they like...if many people like this album, then what?
DreamingDesire - 27.04.2013 at 00:58  
Rating: 9 Woah what an album! Loved it from start to finish! Has to be my favourite album of the year so far. The bonus track is amazing too!
MetrockickA - 27.04.2013 at 11:03  
Rating: 5 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.
Doge of Venice - 27.04.2013 at 13:30  
Rating: 8
Written by kalmah999 on 26.04.2013 at 15:09

Because, not all people share same thoughts as you do V. People have interest in many albums and this is one of them It is fine that you do not like this release but as you see most of people do.......so just skip it and enjoy something else, some other album


You don't have to worry about him. After all, Circle is his 3rd highest rated album, so surely they must be doing something right.

As for Circle, I personally enjoy it quite a bit. I find it much less boring/dull than the prior two (not that they were bad, but I don't recall an standout tracks on either) albums. One of my favourite Amorphis releases.
kalmah999 - 27.04.2013 at 14:09  
Rating: 9 Hehe, well, I do not hold anything personal against the guy V , just shared my opinion about Circle, well, I like it, cause it is different from The Begining of Times. I like TBoT, because it sounded more like old+new amorphis, but Circle is different, well, sound is different and I like the new sound
Deadmeat - 27.04.2013 at 16:19  
Rating: 9
Written by Stoned Crow on 17.04.2013 at 13:50

There is a "roundness" on this album

as a circle it obviously has to be round!

generally i read interesting opinions about this album. it didnt fall in love with their last album and i wouldn't listen to this one but after what i read i think i'll give it a try!
musclassia - 27.04.2013 at 16:37  
Rating: 9 The more I listen to it, the more I'm impressed by it. I'm a big fan of everything they've done from Silent Waters onwards (I consider Eclipse a step below the albums that followed it), but having played all 4 recent albums back-to-back, I think Circle might be their best since SW (not quite sure it's better than that album). I'm still rather uncertain about Hopeless Days (although I've come to hold it in higher regard than I initially did), but all the other tracks are varying degrees of great; choosing a favourite is very difficult, but it's probably one of The Wanderer, Narrow Path or Enchanted By The Moon.
Doge of Venice - 27.04.2013 at 22:06  
Rating: 8
Written by kalmah999 on 27.04.2013 at 14:09

Hehe, well, I do not hold anything personal against the guy V , just shared my opinion


Hey, I wasn't being entirely serious.
kalmah999 - 28.04.2013 at 04:10  
Rating: 9
Quote:
Hey, I wasn't being entirely serious.


Haha, well, I thought so anyway, funny thing about Circle is booklet....it is like, minimalism at it's best! no pictures of band, no some additional pages, just lyrics and thx notes to many people, fans etc.
R Lewis - 28.04.2013 at 10:01  
Rating: 8 Since you all speak so highly of this album, I will do something I almost never do: I'll buy it. SBAM.

EDIT: Simply amazing. WOW
Doge of Venice - 28.04.2013 at 20:06  
Rating: 8
Quote:
Written by kalmah999 on 28.04.2013 at 04:10

Hey, I wasn't being entirely serious.


Haha, well, I thought so anyway, funny thing about Circle is booklet....it is like, minimalism at it's best! no pictures of band, no some additional pages, just lyrics and thx notes to many people, fans etc.


Not been able to have a look at my physical copy yet. All spotify, as I'm back home, and I had it delivered to my flat.
metal2000 - 30.04.2013 at 09:19  
Rating: 10 Simply
VonMal - 01.05.2013 at 00:04  
Rating: 7 Boring, quite frankly. Absolutely nothing new.


'Eclipse' was a massive album with a massive new vocalist and a massive wave of novelty.

'Silent Waters' was a further development of that wave, this time more melodic (my fav).

'Skyforger' was still a great album, but was getting somewhat repetetive.

'The Beginning of Times' seemed like a half-as*ed attempt to write some more of the same notes, half of the songs could have easily been on Skyforger and no one would notice any difference (meaning the band hasn't developed a little bit in those two years). The only song I keep going back to is "My Enemy", the rest of them I find simply forced.

'Circle' - we get exactly the same thing for the fifth time in a row. NOTHING NEW, maybe apart from some more black-metalish vocals by Joutsen here and there. That's not enough when you consider two years of waiting.

7/10. It's a decent album, but I can't stand it when the band isn't evolving a little bit and stays in the same spot forever.
Risto - 01.05.2013 at 00:38  
Rating: 8
Written by VonMal on 01.05.2013 at 00:04

'Circle' - we get exactly the same thing for the fifth time in a row. NOTHING NEW, maybe apart from some more black-metalish vocals by Joutsen here and there. That's not enough when you consider two years of waiting.

Considering the amount of modern melodeath(/doom) praise from you, "nothing new" sounds kinda biased as an argument I'm not saying melodeath isn't good music, we share a lot of favourite bands and albums.

Amorphis probably won't take too drastic changes in direction anymore, the line-up is so stable. I'm just happy they can keep the standard so high.
Karcas - 01.05.2013 at 14:14  
Rating: 5 Im really happy for them for the attention and the money they are getting. they were my favorite band as a teenager in 90s and i still have very special feelings towards Amorphis.
Risto - 02.05.2013 at 17:12  
Rating: 8 In addition to the three bonus tracks seen here, "Illusion" seems to be Mailorder edition exclusive and "His Story" the digital bonus. Mailorder edition has four bonus tracks in total (the others are "Dead Man's Dream", "New Song" and "My Future").
Wes - 04.05.2013 at 08:07  
  Excited to rate this. Seems pretty different than the last few albums.
BlueMobius - 06.05.2013 at 06:20  
  Started listening to this after I picked it up today. I'm about halfway through and so far I'm pretty impressed. There's quite a mix of elements here that keep this one fresh. "Narrow Path" is a great example.
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...

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