Amorphis – Queen of Time
Founded in 1990, Amorphis is one of Finland’s most internationally successful bands and major export pioneers. The band has sold hundreds of thousands of records and made extensive international tours long before Finnish metal music hit itself on a larger scale. In Finland, the band has reached six gold plates, received Emma’s Metal Album of the Year and appeared in numerous sold-out halls.
It’s been 24 years since Amorphis changed the metal world forever with their second album “Tales From The Thousand Lakes”, an epic piece of work that paved the way for one of the most successful Finnish music careers of all time. On twelve albums so far, Amorphis has brought us closer to the Finnish national epic, the “Kalevala”, toured the world several times, received countless gold records and managed to achieve success after success with their unmistakable mix of metal, folklore, and rock. Many winters have since passed through Finland but Amorphis is still there and is bigger & better than ever! With their fateful thirteenth studio album “Queen Of Time”, produced by Jens Bogren, the band provides a ground-breaking epic about the rise and fall of civilization. The day has come – the next defining moment in an unprecedented career has arrived.
In “Daughter Of Hate” we hear a spoken Finnish text with a saxophone solo. After addicting songs like “The Golden Elk” and the oriental sounding “Wrong Direction”, the orchestra and the choir come right into the bombastic “Heart Of Giant.” Jens Bogren deserves a huge compliment over the strong production in the sound and is crystal clear, despite the rather bombastic sound it loses no sharpness at all and the music stays well listenable.
‘Queen Of Time’ sounds familiar, progressive, melancholy, folky and is regularly quite intense although the music is not as intense as in the early days of the death metal band they once were. The music of The Bee could be heard a few months before the release and sounds pretty melodic and even a bit ambient. The progressive “Message In The Ambe” contains folky influences, an element that we also found on previous albums. Singer Tomi Joutsen alternates his grunts with clean vocals and when the other musicians, or choirs, invade, it sounds incredibly harmonious.
It’s safe to say that I’ve been a fan since the early 90’s, and Amorphis has always been a favorite of mine to listen to on a regular basis. I love their entire catalog dating back to their earliest. Each album has offered something to appreciate and look forward to and shows us their exceptional craftsmanship and musicianship. I have never been disappointed with any of their albums because they outdo themselves with each and every release. As a group, they have progressed immensely, yet they keep their roots intact. They are artists, purely as the title states, and implies. To me, ‘Queen of Time’ has the most replay value than the albums before it. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Album: Queen of Time
Released: May 18, 2018
Label: Nuclear Blast
Producer: Jens Bogren
Genre: Symphonic Metal, Melodic Death, Folk Metal
Website: Official Website
Discs: 1 disc
Reviewed by: Mad Hatter
Our Rating: 4.6 /5
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