Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud



8.7 | 679 votes |
Release date: 4 September 2015
Style: Folk metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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01. Under The Red Cloud
02. The Four Wise Ones
03. Bad Blood
04. The Skull
05. Death Of A King
06. Sacrifice
07. Dark Path
08. Enemy At The Gates
09. Tree Of Ages
10. White Night [feat. Aleah Stanbridge]
11. Come The Spring [Digipak & 2LP bonus]
12. Winter's Sleep [Digipak & 2LP bonus]
13. The Wind [Japanese bonus]

The Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album Of 2015
Top 20 albums of 2015: 1

Line-up
Tomi Joutsen - vocals
Santeri Kallio - keyboards
Tomi Koivusaari - guitars
Esa Holopainen - guitars
Jan Rechberger - drums
Niclas Etelävuori - bass

Session musicians
Jon Phipps - orchestration

Guest musicians
Aleah Liane Stanbridge - vocals
Martin Lopez - percussion
Chrigel Glanzmann - flutes, whistles
Jens Bogren - additional vocals
André Alvinzi - additional keyboards

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
Rating:
8.8
Amorphis is one of the sure values coming out of Finland. Everybody knows (or should know) their early history as a melodic death band. 1994's Tales From The Thousand Lakes remains to this day a classic album. These musicians have been together over 10 years with their current lineup. Emblematic singer Tomi Joutsen was the last piece of the puzzle that led them to a trailblazing second career that started in 2005 with the release of Eclipse. Let's fast forward to 2015. Under The Red Cloud, with that eye-catching psychedelic artwork, is their 12th studio release expected September 4th through Nuclear Blast.

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published 28.08.2015 | Comments (12)

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02.11.2015 - 23:50
Rating: 6
handmadegod
Written by Pikemaster on 02.11.2015 at 16:45

Written by handmadegod on 01.11.2015 at 14:58

Only 2 Amorphis records are real.

That's funny opinion. Could you explain it little bit ?


Anything after Tales' never interested me.
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05.11.2015 - 22:16
nikosleo
Written by handmadegod on 02.11.2015 at 23:50

Anything after Tales' never interested me.


Then you don't like Amorphis, you just like two excelent albums of a certain style.
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06.11.2015 - 00:44
Rating: 6
handmadegod
Written by nikosleo on 05.11.2015 at 22:16

Written by handmadegod on 02.11.2015 at 23:50

Anything after Tales' never interested me.


Then you don't like Amorphis, you just like two excelent albums of a certain style.


I guess you're right.
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16.11.2015 - 23:52
Rating: 9
Dentura
Shadow King
After listening to this some more, I don't find myself going back to it too often, save for a few tracks (Death of a King, Under the Red Cloud, and Dark Path are good songs). I think they're starting to go into "more of the same" territory. A bit of a letdown I think after Circle, but that's my opinion.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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23.11.2015 - 05:58
Rating: 9
Doge of Venice
You sure? I'm finding the opposite - wanting to go less to Circle. Though that might be because of the production. It was awful on Circle. But I love just listening to Four Wise Ones, Dark Path, Tree of Ages, Bad Blood, Under the Red Cloud and the bonus track Come the Spring. All are fanrastic.
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23.11.2015 - 08:51
Rating: 10
Risto
Wandering Midget
Written by Dentura on 16.11.2015 at 23:52

I think they're starting to go into "more of the same" territory.

Kinda strange opinion, this being their most adventurous album with the current line-up. For me it's actually Skyforger that's lost some magic during the years, though I still consider it great.
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23.11.2015 - 19:31
Rating: 9
Dentura
Shadow King
Written by Doge of Venice on 23.11.2015 at 05:58

You sure? I'm finding the opposite - wanting to go less to Circle. Though that might be because of the production. It was awful on Circle. But I love just listening to Four Wise Ones, Dark Path, Tree of Ages, Bad Blood, Under the Red Cloud and the bonus track Come the Spring. All are fanrastic.

I agree that the production is much worse on Circle, but I don't know, this new album hasn't really "clicked" for me in the same way I guess. I may boost my rating soon.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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23.11.2015 - 20:31
Rating: 9
Doge of Venice
Written by Dentura on 23.11.2015 at 19:31

Written by Doge of Venice on 23.11.2015 at 05:58

You sure? I'm finding the opposite - wanting to go less to Circle. Though that might be because of the production. It was awful on Circle. But I love just listening to Four Wise Ones, Dark Path, Tree of Ages, Bad Blood, Under the Red Cloud and the bonus track Come the Spring. All are fanrastic.

I agree that the production is much worse on Circle, but I don't know, this new album hasn't really "clicked" for me in the same way I guess. I may boost my rating soon.


That's fair enough.

I did enjoy Circle (much more than Beginning of Times and Skyforger) but it had no real standouts. It was a very consistent album. I feel this album os the same, it just has a few standouts on top.
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23.11.2015 - 20:40
Rating: 9
musclassia
Written by Doge of Venice on 23.11.2015 at 20:31


That's fair enough.

I did enjoy Circle (much more than Beginning of Times and Skyforger) but it had no real standouts. It was a very consistent album. I feel this album os the same, it just has a few standouts on top.


I've actually thought the standout tracks on Circle were pretty obvious for me - it's one of my favourite Amorphis albums, but Narrow Path, Nightbird's Song and Enchanted By The Moon have always been the clear choice cuts for me.

As for the production, I never really found production to be an issue with either album - I think UTRC's is a bit better and more suited to the more extreme nature of it, but I've generally found Circle's production pretty satisfactory. In any case, I'd probably put UTRC just above Circle, but for me they both (along with Eclipse) are my favourite of the Joutsen albums - and I really like the other three too.
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03.12.2015 - 19:41
Rating: 9
Pikemaster
I'm quite amazed that this is still best rated album since Enslaved axioma ethica odini
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"Soon its tail raises the mud
The beast is ready for attack
The reel screams the line beings to run
And the struggle shall begin"
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03.12.2015 - 22:03
Rating: 10
Sword_Chant
This album still gets played a lot on my ipod what a great CD. Glad it's got so many 10's!
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11.12.2015 - 22:53
Rating: 7
Death
It's a decent album but I didn't get as hyped as most did unfortunately. Also it's funny that the bonus song Come The Spring is much better than any of the non-bonus songs.
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19.12.2015 - 14:38
Rating: 9
musclassia
Just came across the Japanese bonus track "The Wind" - it's not quite as good as the main album tracks or even Come The Spring, but it's a good listen for those who are curious or want more Amorphis
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03.01.2016 - 12:32
Rating: 10
Grivata
In my opinion this is the best album with Tomi Joutsen and one of the best metal albums of 2015!
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26.02.2016 - 23:54
Rating: 8
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Despite the great reviews i believe Circle was better... Bad Blood and Death Of A King are the best songs IMO...
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Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
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28.02.2016 - 04:53
Rating: 10
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Deadmeat on 26.02.2016 at 23:54

Despite the great reviews i believe Circle was better... Bad Blood and Death Of A King are the best songs IMO...

At first I considered this to be superior to Circle. Now I'd say they're equally worthy of being called Amorphis' best album.
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12.03.2016 - 18:23
Rating: 10
Swarmofplagues
Amazing album! As good as every song is great and original. Perfect production. Captivating atmospheric sound from keys and song. Great power from guitars and growls, which might be even better than Mikael Åkerfeldt's.
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14.04.2016 - 11:36
Rating: 9
Simsda
Absolutely killer album!.
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23.10.2016 - 11:23
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
I think that this album is the pinnacle of current Amorphis line-up and it will be very hard to surpass. Under The Red Cloud does not contain a single filler song, sounds both consistent and diverse and provides a great performance from all the musicians.
It's hard to choose any favourite tracks, because all of them are great.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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27.03.2017 - 14:42
Rating: 9
yeah1980
Wow! Beautiful album!
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"Be water, my friend" (Bruce Lee)
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