Amorphis celebrated Kalevala Day (aka Finnish Culture Day) by releasing the finalized details for their upcoming new album, The Beginning Of Times. The band's tenth studio album will be released at the end of May through Nuclear Blast Records.
The first single off the album is entitled You I Need, and is scheduled for release in April. Also in June, Amorphis will embark on the extensive The Beginning Of Times Tour, scheduled to continue through 2012. Date will be announced soon.
The band describes the album as follows: "The new album is the most challenging Amorphis album so far in terms of both music and lyrics. Its central character is the iconic hero of Finnish mythology, Väinämöinen, whose tale has been masterfully retold by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen. The Beginning Of Times was produced by the band; vocals were recorded under the guidance of Marco Hietala in his home studio in Kuopio. Like its predecessors, the album was mixed by Mikko Karmila. Its cover artwork shows Travis Smith's magnificent interpretation of the mythological birth of the world from a duck's egg."
Mark Gromen from BW&BK wrote the following special road report, revealing more details regarding Amorphis' upcoming new album, scheduled for a May 27th release through Nuclear Blast.
"In Sonic Pump Studios, on the outskirts of Helsinki, Amorphis premiered their latest twelve track opus for an assemblage of foreign journalists, as well as homegrown fans. Even the album artwork is still in transition, as an egg hovers in the clouds above a groove of snow covered pine trees, the familiar arched Hammer Of Thor symbol is crudely depicted on the shell. Neither label reps, nor management had heard the album prior to the listening session! Bold move.
The still unmastered disc, rumored to go under the title of Beginning Of Time (the last song on the album) will be finalized within the coming week.
An update on what's happening in the Amorphis camp:
"The album recordings are advancing straight and smoothly (whatever that means...). We are now working on the vocals and again we have Marco Hietala (Nightwish) producing the vocals of Tomi Joutsen. This time everything else has been done at Sonic Pump Studios except for the vocals, which are currently in the works at Marco's home studio in Kuopio.
We are emerging with roughly 15 new songs and on the album there's most likely going to be 10-11 tracks. It's again a great feeling to start realizing that the songs and ideas which have been in our heads are finally going to see the light of day.
Pekka Kainulainen has worked really hard on the lyrics. The album is going to tell the story of the most important character of Finnish mythology and folklore. He is Finnish god Väinämöinen, who was described to be an extremely powerful, wise old man who had a magical voice. Some believe that Väinämöinen was the creator of the world, an ancient hero and a very influential shaman.
Nuclear Blast Records and Finnish progressive metallers, Amorphis, are proud to announce the first ever DVD concert stream event featuring the recent 2DVD + 2CD release, Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes exclusively at Nuclear Blast's brand new streaming room!
Fans around the world can tune in to watch on Friday, December 3, 2010 at this location.
1st Streaming Time: 5:00pm (Central European Time) for Europe
2nd Streaming Time: 3:30pm (Pacific) / 6:30pm (Eastern) for North America
The Nuclear Blast streaming room will be to 'go-to' location for fans to tune in and watch live DVD concert streams (and other surprises) on select dates. Fans can also connect via Facebook, Twitter, AIM, and MySpace to chat with one another and even band members on certain occasions!.
Amorphis recently entered the studio to record the follow-up to 2009's Skyforger. The release of the band's as of yet untitled tenth album is planned for an early to midyear 2011 release. Check out a clip of the band goofing around in the studio at this location.
To round off the 20th Anniversary year, Amorphis will play seven shows in major Finnish cities in December. In line with the upcoming Magic & Mayhem - Tales From The Early Years album, the setlist will consist of material from the band's early years - the recent radio hits are not on the agenda this time...
The shows in Seinäjoki, Oulu and Tampere will be opened by Ensiferum.
Announced dates are as follows:
Dec. 09 - Tavastia, Helsinki
Dec. 10 - Sibeliustalo, Lahti
Dec. 11 - Lutakko, Jyväskylä
Dec. 16 - Klubi, Turku
Dec. 17 - Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki
Dec. 18 - Club Teatria, Oulu
Dec. 31 - Pakkahuone, Tampere
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Amorphis, the band has re-recorded a selection of classic tracks for a special retrospective. Magic & Mayhem - Tales From The Early Years will be in stores September 17 (Finland: September 15) and features songs originally released between 1991 and 1996.
Magic & Mayhem - Tales From The Early Years cover art] tracklist:
01. Magic And Mayhem
02. Vulgar Necrolatry
03. Into Hiding
04. Black Winter Day
05. On Rich And Poor
06. Exile Of The Sons Of Uisliu
07. The Castaway
08. Song Of The Troubled One
09. Sign From The North Side
10. Drowned Maid
11. Against Widows
12. My Kantele
13. Light My Fire
Amorphis have revealed the cover artwork and tracklisting of their forthcoming DVD package called Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes, which will be released on June 25 (Europe) and June 23 (Finland) - and not on June 4th, as announced earlier.
The tracklisting for the limited 2DVD + 2CD version is as follows:
DVD 1: Live at The Oulu Club:
01. Silver Bride
03. Towards And Against
04. The Castaway
05. Smithereens / The Smoke
06. Majestic Beast
08. Silent Waters
10. Elegy Medley (Against Widows / Cares / On Rich And Poor)
11. From The Heaven Of My Heart
12. Sky Is Mine
13. Magic And Mayhem / Black Winter Day
14. Sign From The Northside
15. House Of Sleep
16. My Kantele
Finnish metallers Amorphis have issued the following update on their official website:
"The "Forging Europe Tour" will continue in November 2010 with 21 gigs in twelve countries. The tour will be presented by Metal Hammer and Terrorizer; both support acts are to be announced later. Tickets for the German shows can be ordered from Metaltix."
Announced tour dates are as follows:
Nov. 05 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
Nov. 06 - Aalborg, Denmark - Metal Festival
Nov. 07 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 09 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Cathouse
Nov. 10 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Academy 3
Nov. 11 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Academy Islington
Nov. 12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
"From the Heaven of My Heart", the new video from Finnish metallers Amorphis, can be viewed at this location. The clip was directed by Owe Lingwall of Sweden's Village Road Film and was filmed at various locations throughout Finland.
"From the Heaven of My Heart" comes off the band's latest album, Skyforger, which was released in May 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The long wait is coming to an end: Amorphis will release their first-ever live DVD in the spring of 2010, in time for the band's 20th anniversary. The full-length gig will be filmed this coming Friday, November 20, at Club Teatria in Oulu/Finland. In addition to this live show, the DVD will include plenty of bonus material.
Having recently returned from a five-week European tour which included sold-out venues in London, Paris, Sofia and various German towns, Amorphis are currently on the road in Finland. The first two nights in Jyväskylä and Joensuu were sold out, and tickets for the remaining gigs are selling fast. Esa Holopainen comments: "After our successful European tour, it feels good to return to the Finnish stages. And it's great to notice that our 'home folks' have not forgotten us. See you at the shows!"
In autumn, Amorphis will embark on an extensive one-month European tour comprising Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and even including the band's first-ever appearance in the UK. Tickets for the Forging Europe Tour 2009 will go on sale on Monday, April 27. Support acts will be announced later.
Forging Europe Tour 2009:
07.10 Kato, Berlin (D)
08.10 Club Romein, Leeuwarden (NL)
09.10 De Nieuwe Pul, Uden (NL)
10.10 Underworld, London (GB)
11.10 Biebob, Vosselaar (B)
13.10 L'ubu, Rennes (F)
14.10 La Locomotive, Paris (F)
15.10 Musik Zentrum, Hannover (D)
16.10 Alte Spinnerei, Glauchau (D)