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Rock and metal music have always been a haven for those who have bigger stories to tell who have grander emotions to convey. For more than thirty years Finnish figureheads Amorphis have done their best to carve their very own niche in heartfelt yet aggressive melancholic yet soothing tunes. On Halo their staggering fourteenth studio effort the Fins underline their trailblazing status as one of the most original culturally relevant and rewarding acts ever to emerge from the land of the thousand lakes. In the past mythology and legend took the role of todays pop culture: Stories and a set of values uniting us by giving us a voice and a tapestry on which we can find each other and identify with something. By weaving the tales of Finnish national epos Kalevala into their songs and interpreting them in a timeless way Amorphis combine the role of ancient minstrels and luminaries of the modern world honouring tradition without getting stuck in the past. The vibrant lively and touching beauty that is Halo highlights their musical and storytelling mastership on a once again soaring level: Its a progressive melodic and quintessentially melancholic heavy metal masterwork plucked from the fickle void of inspiration by original guitarists Esa Holopainen and Tomi Koivusaari bassist Olli-Pekka Laine drummer Jan Rechberger longtime keyboardist Santeri Kallio and vocalist Tomi Joutsen the bands long-standing lyrical consciousness Pekka Kainulainen and a selected group of world class audio professionals led by renowned Swedish producer Jens Bogren. Considering the bands prolonged journey in the forefront of innovative metal music its difficult to grasp how Amorphis manages to raise the proverbial bar time and time again presenting a more than worthy finale to the trilogy begun with 2015s Under the Red Cloud followed by 2018s Queen of Time. It really is a great feeling that we can still produce very decent music as a band says Holopainen a founding member of the band. Perhaps a certain kind of self-criticism and long experience culminate in these latest albums. To the songwriter himself Halo sounds both familiar and different. It is thoroughly recognizable Amorphis from beginning to end but the general atmosphere is a little bit heavier and more progressive and also organic compared to its predecessor he elaborates. Tomi Joutsen the man with vocal cords capable of unleashing colossal bear-like growls as well as singing soothing mesmerising lullabies adds To me Halo sounds a little more stripped down compared to Queen Of Time and Under The Red Cloud. However dont get me wrong: when a certain song needs to sound big then it sounds very big. Hes right of course: By stripping down some of the arrangements the monumental moments become even more monumental. Thats of course also thanks to producing renaissance man Jens Bogren who harvested the thirteen final tracks from a batch of thirty songs Amorphis offered him. Jens is very demanding but I really like to work with him says Holopainen. He takes care of the whole project from start to finish and he allows the musician to focus on just playing. I may not be able to thank Jens enough. Everything weve done together has been really great and this co-operation has carried Amorphis significantly forward. Indeed. Setting off with the stormy grandeur of opener Northwards Amorphis take us on an epic journey through the lands of the north their rich cultural and historical heritage and musical traditions. This is not only an album for fans or metal connoisseurs. Its a must for every imaginative mind out there with a soft spot for cinematic soundscapes triumphant melodies and breathtaking dynamics measuring the borderlands of light and dark. However no Amorphis album would be complete without the imaginative

1.1 Northwards
1.2 On the Dark Waters
1.3 The Moon
2.1 Windmane
2.2 A New Land
2.3 When the Gods Came
3.1 Seven Roads Come Together
3.2 War
3.3 Halo
4.1 The Wolf
4.2 My Name Is Night Feat. Petronella Nettermalm


H 0.32
W 12.12
L 12.27

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