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Amorphis is a strange band that I have enjoyed immensely. Yes, I love the "new Amorphis" much more than the previous full blown death metal Amorphis such as The Karelian Isthmus, etc. Why? One reason: Tomi Jousten. This man has some of the most wondrous pipes I have ever heard. His work on Eclipse and Silent Waters is impressive and I became a huge fan due to him. Skyforger takes Silent Waters to a consistent pattern with catchy hooks, catchy vocals, catchy solos...you get the idea, hopefully.
As soon as "Sampo" started off, I knew I was in for a treat. Being a huge fan of classical music, I was entranced by the beginning piano section. And then it ended.... and in it came, THE SAME CATCHY RIFFS THAT MADE ME A FAN IN THE BEGINNING. Amorphis have never failed to disappoint when it comes to sticking songs in your head and never leaving it. From the majestic chorus of "Course Of Fate" to the simple, yet enchanting solo of "Silver Bride", and of course to the stomper that we call "Majestic Beast", a beast of a song, quite literally due to Joustens diverse vocal stylings. He has a good amount of talent when it comes to growls and this song shows it off. The keyboard melodies are glorious and are able to match up quite nicely with that of the lead and rhythm guitars, which by themselves are quite godlike (go watch their live album.
Koivusaari and Holopainen are as amazing as they are in the albums)
Jousten and Co. are in top shape and form, forging top notch melodic metal that is amazing every step of the way. Consistency is key, and they, like other fantastic and consistent bands (hi Bolt Thrower, can we get a new album yet?), are able to surpass many in their genre. Thank you, Amorphis, for giving me this music of the gods.