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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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  • ROSSANO1972

    Tales From The Thousand Lakes, very great album. Unforgettable

    18 Oct 5:21pm Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

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

    15 Oct 7:40pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    The Karelian Isthmus is soo goooood

    8 Oct 11:20pm Reply
  • tonyrodriguez1

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

    3 Oct 6:33pm 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 8:35pm Reply
  • Kajtek666

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

    16 Sep 5:23pm Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hi. My new album available for download! Listen it full. Post-Rock, Atmospheric-metal

    14 Sep 9:01am Reply
  • nathix13

    glass is amorphis

    6 Sep 3:37pm Reply
  • nospr

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

    23 Aug 5:08am 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 2:50pm Reply
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  • Borreh

    No way, album with only harsh vocals would be awful.

    17 Jul 5:56pm Reply
  • ZadionApocalaya

    Eclipse through The Beginning of Times are all exceptional albums. Circle, despite being the same exact thing as the four albums before it, is less than exceptional. What went wrong?

    26 Jun 4:15am Reply
  • Cynic_Raven

    rock on...they're jst fuckin awesome...

    27 May 7:14pm Reply
  • MrLordi27

    It would be awesome if they make an album with only harsh vocals

    27 May 2:05pm Reply
  • CoenVen

    @Fenix_7: Than maybe you'll like the earlier stuff? Elegy, Tales From The Thousand Lakes and such? No problem :) !

    21 May 10:07am Reply
  • Gabriel_Opeth

    Love their old stuffs!

    21 May 7:54am Reply
  • Fenix_7

    I listened to all of Circles, and there were 3 tracks I liked; Shades of Gray, Enchanted by the Moon and Nightbird's song. Magic and Mayhem was good except for the random videogame synths and bleeps. Oh well. In general with Amorphis I've found that I like the harsh vocals, but I'm not a fan of the clean singing at all. Thanks for the recommendations CoenVen!

    18 May 9:26am Reply
  • CoenVen

    @Fenix_7: If you like the 'louder' stuff, Circle's got some of that. I've always thought Silent Waters was a harder album than the others. You should also really check out Magic And Mayem - Tales From The Early Years.

    16 May 9:05am Reply
  • SnowyReaper

    Really dig their older stuff [6]

    15 May 11:34pm Reply
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