Amorphis - Queen Of Time



8.9 | 511 votes |
Release date: 18 May 2018
Style: Folk metal, Progressive metal, Melodic death metal

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01. The Bee
02. Message In The Amber
03. Daughter Of Hate
04. The Golden Elk
05. Wrong Direction
06. Heart Of The Giant
07. We Accursed
08. Grain Of Sand
09. Amongst Stars
10. Pyres On The Coast
11. As Mountains Crumble [ bonus]
12. Brother And Sister [bonus]
13. Honeyflow [Japanese bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2018: 1
Top 200 albums of all time: 89

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
9.0
I love it when an album's intro makes me think I'm about to witness the third season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

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published 13.05.2018 | Comments (22)

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01.06.2018 - 13:15
Rating: 9
Sojgenske
Didn't enjoy it as much as Red Cloud, but still excellent !
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02.06.2018 - 18:12
Bad English
Masterchief
It was not so good, its like orental mid east bands what plays some kind a folk metal, like Orphaned Land and that kind weird mixture. I don't like such music in whole album. Some songs was good, lyrics was good, but what next, where they go now?
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03.06.2018 - 23:13
Rating: 9
Passenger
Lost To Apathy
Album of the year - check. Favorite song is probably The Golden Elk. At this point, Amorphis just can't make a single bad song, their form and creativity in the past 10-15 years is really impressive, I think unpararalled.
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06.06.2018 - 19:14
Rating: 9
Tuonelan
Before Under the Red Cloud came around, my two favorite Joutsen era albums were Skyforger and Silent Waters. Skyforger held together really well as an album and Silent Waters, while not as cohesive overall, had some of the finest music that Amorphis has produced on it. Silent Waters had no flaws, it just was so varied that the individual songs did not flow quite as organically from one to another.

Queen of Time reminds me of Silent Waters in that way. It has some truly stunning songs on it and I think that those songs are every bit as strong as anything on Under the Red Cloud. I still give Under the Red Cloud a bit of a nod, though, because it just seems to fit together a little better as an album. Put all the Joutsen era songs in a mix on shuffle, though, and I don't think that anything from Queen of Time will let you down in comparison to their best efforts.
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Nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy
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15.06.2018 - 22:25
Rating: 7
FYA
Destroyer
Written by Bad English on 02.06.2018 at 18:12

It was not so good, its like orental mid east bands what plays some kind a folk metal, like Orphaned Land and that kind weird mixture. I don't like such music in whole album. Some songs was good, lyrics was good, but what next, where they go now?


Maybe a Japan?
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16.06.2018 - 06:24
Rating: 8
Nicko's Nose
Is Amongst Stars really considered one of the best songs on the album? By far the most generic song on the album. Otherwise a great album.
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17.06.2018 - 06:04
Rating: 9
Kvothe
Written by Nicko's Nose on 16.06.2018 at 06:24

Is Amongst Stars really considered one of the best songs on the album? By far the most generic song on the album. Otherwise a great album.

For me the masterpiece of the album is Pyres On The Coast, although Amongst Stars is a good epilogue before Pyres
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17.06.2018 - 11:42
Rating: 9
Risto
Wandering Midget
Written by Nicko's Nose on 16.06.2018 at 06:24

Is Amongst Stars really considered one of the best songs on the album? By far the most generic song on the album.

Generic isn't necessarily bad, is it? I think as a song it's a little better than the two that precede it, for example, and I'll take it over something like The Wanderer any day. Not the best song on the album by any means.
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20.06.2018 - 18:38
Rating: 9
WorpeX
Written by Nicko's Nose on 16.06.2018 at 06:24

Is Amongst Stars really considered one of the best songs on the album? By far the most generic song on the album. Otherwise a great album.


Nah, it does a great job of creating diversity in the tracklist though. Keeps the album from sounding stale. Its a good song but the albums best songs are The Bee, Message In Amber, Daughter of Hate, Golden Elk and Pyres on the Coast (not necessarily in that order).
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21.06.2018 - 04:02
Rating: 8
IronClawedAngel
7 in a row now - yet another great Amorphis release!

However, I still think this is probably the least strong of the Joutsen era. Just about all songs are solid, but I never feel any of them reach the same level as the best of the 6 previous albums. This is simply because this album, to a larger extend, lacks the melancholic and emotional moments, which in my opinion is the strongest attribute of Amorphis' music. For example, I miss clean singing hooks, which is something Joutsen undoubtedly masters. 'The Bee' is the only song where he shows this brilliance. Also, the choir and orchestral additions makes the music a little too overblown, and the oriental mood has kind of overtaken the Nordic feel of previous albums. A matter of taste, I guess.

This criticism only emanates from being held up against the absurd high level of the predecessors of this album. On its own, this is great music. And once again, Amorphis demonstrates why they are the most consistent band in exclusively delivering top quality metal during more than a decade now.
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23.06.2018 - 11:21
Rating: 7
FYA
Destroyer
So - decided to listen it again, but after some time. Let the emotions fall and try to rate it with calm attitude.

Production is superb, as always. Everything fits and work like charm. For band members there here are no needless elements and it's clear that they knew what they wanted it from this album. They had a plan and they realised it. It's really rare in this times to hit this level. But hey, Amorphis is one of the most solid metal band for a long time.

But. Ha, there are always some 'buts' right? As mentioned over - choir and orchestral additions adding to all this stuff 'too much' feeling. I've listened every Amorphis release and if we're talking about Joutsen era 'Under The Red Cloud' is my 'best of the best' (even my ringtone is 'Sacrifice'). For me 'Queen of TIme' is solid release, but nothing more than it. Why? Album need to have this 'something' factor in it, that makes it alive and emotional. I can't feel it here, like most of the songs are empty. It sounds great, for sure, but somehow there's something missing for me.
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29.06.2018 - 00:31
Rating: 8
Jack_Torrance
Really good album but a bit overrated imo.
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29.06.2018 - 00:50
Rating: 6
Metren
Dreadrealm 2.0
Written by Jack_Torrance on 29.06.2018 at 00:31

Really good album but a bit overrated imo.


Way overrated. Under The Red Cloud was so much better.
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04.07.2018 - 14:25
Rating: 7
Dark Horizons
Good album well written and played, but it's a copy of every Amorphis album since Joutsen joined.
Overrated, as Under The Red Cloud.
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We are just a moment in time
A blink of an eye
A dream for the blind
Visions from a dying brain
I hope you don't understand
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15.07.2018 - 19:05
Rating: 8
metalbrat
It's really a good album for sure. But does it really worth this much stars? Hmmm... well, half of the songs are good but none are epic to rate it this high....8 stars is perfect.
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19.07.2018 - 19:45
Rating: 7
Himedal
Written by Jack_Torrance on 29.06.2018 at 00:31

Really good album but a bit overrated imo.

totally agree.
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What goes by is life to be taken
The doom calls upon the forsaken
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20.07.2018 - 23:02
Rating: 9
Zykloncrawaxx
I prefer Queen of Time more than Under the Red Cloud because it has a little more to offer, but overall both albums are pretty much on the same level. Queen of Time is a bit more progressive and exploitative, which for Amorphis doesn't mean much but I appreciated them adding a bit more variety. I liked every song on the album including the bonus songs, they all seemed well executed and there was a nice flow through them. The instrumentation and writing are both excellent, Amorphis is still on top of their game even if they still sound mostly the same as before. There are a few surprises through the album which helped to add a few new vibes and I felt like everything meshed really well. Tomi sounds fantastic on this album as usual. I can't think of any real criticisms other than they still sound mostly the same as usual, but Amorphis is nowhere near as bad as bands like Insomnium when it comes to that so Queen of Time is definitely another solid release that doesn't feel tired or forgettable.

The whole album is great, but I'd say the standout tracks for me are: We Accursed, Heart Of The Giant, Message In The Amber, Pyres On The Coast, Amongst Stars, and the bonus songs.
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