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Helsinki, Finland (1990 – present)

Amorphis is a Finnish progressive/melodic metal band, and formerly death/doom band started by Jan Rechberger, Tomi Koivusaari and Esa Holopainen in Helsinki, Finland in 1990. Amorphis absorbed and incorporated influences from many metal genres, and with time passing their sound evolved dramatically. Initially, the band was a act, but with time they have evolved into making music that is more classifiable as with folk influences, and, more recently, and , utilizing increasingly complex arrangements and a less brutal sound. Amorphis is also well known for their use of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, as a source for their lyrics.

In 1989 Jan Rechberger and Esa Holopainen played in a speed metal band Violent Solution, which Tomi Koivusaari had left the previous year to form the death metal band Abhorrence. Violent Solution slowly withered away as the musicians became interested in other things and styles of music. At this point, Jan Rechberger and Esa Holopainen had the idea of putting together a death metal band. In early 1990, Tomi Koivusaari was asked to be the vocalist and Oppu Laine to be their bassist.

During that time the band asked Tomi to pick up the slot of rhythm guitarist as well as singing, which led to the band dumping all original compositions and starting again. With the band starting to move along, Tomi’s other band (Abhorrence) split up and he found himself with much more time to put into Amorphis. The band went into gear and started churning out new brutal music.


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  • Gurgenium

    Поначалу думал, что это скучная штамповка наподобие поздних In Flames, но послушав больше, начал уважать коллектив.

    Yesterday 11:35pm Reply
  • NorthDiscomfort

    'Very much looking forward to that Tales from a Thousand Lakes-focused show'. Agreed.

    14 Feb 11:49am Reply
  • Maquina_Muerte

    Very much looking forward to that Tales from a Thousand Lakes-focused show

    17 Jan 3:28am Reply
  • sacramenti

    The first man who have made me love his growling is Tomi Joutsen. I can say much more words about his clean vocal and their music itself. This is that kind of music I was searching for a long time and I don't know anything to compare. The most interesting thing is that i'm a fan of Kalevala and one day I just listen to their song "Sky is Mine"... and immediately fall in love. Great, great, great! "Skyforger" is about my favorite hero Ilmarinen. Still can't believe. And now i'm temporary crazy about "Circle". What's going to be later?! :)

    16 Jan 1:12am Reply
  • AlchoSchizoid

    Tales from the Thousand Feels. most beautiful album ever [1]

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Sqvoll91

    Одна из самых разносторонних и талантливых групп в мире.

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • SerenadeinLead

    Tales from the Thousand Feels. most beautiful album ever

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • streichhholz

    блять, да почему они такие до невозможности восхитительные

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • insanebrevity

    My new favorite band!

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Amorphis

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • spiderferi

    i like both clean singing and death growls of Tomi Joutsen, he does it flawlessly!

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • TheJuzme

    Goddammit. I have been listening Amorphis for years and still this band surprises me and some tracks open to me in different or new way which is cool. All eras, death metal-Koskinen-Joutsen, are amazing in their own unique ways. Fucking A.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ROSSANO1972

    Tales From The Thousand Lakes, very great album. Unforgettable

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

    V Yes, a shame that it seems to be so overlooked.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    The Karelian Isthmus is soo goooood

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • tonyrodriguez1

    this is the most f*cking awesome band that i found by casuality ... amazing music...

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • acclamationsun

    We are celebrating the 20 year anniversary of "Tales From the Thousand Lakes". Please do these two things - buy a copy (keep or gift away) and scrobble the album. Do you think "Tales ...." is one of the best metal albums of all time?

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Kajtek666

    Without Pasi Koskinen things will never be the same...

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • nospr

    Their old stuff was only true death metal vocals. (Privilege of Evil and The Karelian Isthmus)

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
  • DesunotoK

    their old stuff had pretty annoying mix of harsh and clean. musically it was good though.I like old and new amorphis though.

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
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