The Opera Festival Rocks!
Amorphis to gig in Olavinlinna Castle on July 13, 2014!
The idea of inviting Amorphis along to Savonlinna was, reports the Festival’s Artistic Director Jorma Silvasti, born of Aulis Sallinen’s Kullervo: “I asked myself what other front-line Finnish music views the male soulscape through the eyes of The Kalevala. I wanted something to offer an audience that may never before have visited Savonlinna during the Opera Festival.”
The programme for the Amorphis concert will include items from its most recent album, Circle, and ones from its Eclipse album retelling the story of Kullervo. For lyrics based on texts by Paavo Haavikko and translations by Anselm Hollo helped Amorphis to rocket to the ranks of the Finnish metal elite.
Amorphis, a band that has been steadily making a name for itself in Finnish metal for more than two decades now, is to set the Savonlinna Opera Festival rocking in July 2014. The band’s 11th album, Circle, released in spring 2013 was voted Album of the Year by the prestigious British Metal Hammer magazine.
Initially a death metal act, Amorphis has since branched out into other genres such as progressive metal, but on the whole even its heaviest music has been quite melodic and its vocals vary from pure to “growling”. Melodic guitar riffs have nevertheless always been a distinguishing feature of its style.
Musical regeneration has kept the wheels turning and Amorphis has had numerous gigs abroad in recent years. Its albums drawing on the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala, and the ancient folk poetry of The Kanteletar in time influenced the signature Amorphis sound and won the band new fans all round the world. Amorphis could in fact be called the heavy ambassador for Finnish mythology.
Jorma Silvasti, Artistic Director, tel. +358 44 743 3631, jorma.silvasti(AT)operafestival.fi
The Album of The Year -award!
Amorphis received Metal Hammer´s “The Album of The Year” -award from the album “Circle”, released last April.
“For us, Album of the Year award is a great recognition for the work done so far. Especially when we got it from our 11th studioalbum. It is good to continue touring”, guitarist Esa Holopainen said.
Amorphis´s “Circle World Tour” will continue to Russia with 11 concerts. After Russia Amorphis will tour Australia and China for the first time. Check all Amorphis -gigs from HERE.
“Circle” -album, released 19. April 2013, went straight to #1 on Finnish Official album chart and #1 on Rumba´s album chart. “Circle”´s positions on British Rock Album Chart (#15) and on German Album Chart (#13) are the band’s best so far in these countries. Amorphis was on Sweden´s album chart for the first time on their career. First week at #33. “Circle” was produced and mixed by Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy and Pain).
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Hopeless Days – Limited, signed edition!
Limited edition with band signatures! Order now from Amorphis Webshop!
AMORPHIS – reveal “Circle” cover artwork and tracklist
Today, Finnish melancholic dark metal masters AMORPHIS reveal the cover artwork and tracklist of their recently announced 11th studio album “Circle”, produced and mixed by HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR) in Petrax Studio, Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) as well as in 5K Studios, Helsinki. The record is set to be released via Nuclear Blast on April 19, 2013.
Vocalist Tomi Joutsen comments on the cover artwork, created by Tom Bates (BLEED FROM WITHIN, DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL – www.facebook.com/artoftombates ) :
“The mystic, androgynous person on the cover represents a spiritual guide. This character was sent from another time and place to help the album’s protagonist find a new path for his life.”
This very guide was already mentioned by AMORPHIS’ lyricist Pekka Kainulainen in his summary of the album concept:
“The protagonist has been dealt a bad hand at birth. He’s always felt himself an outsider with strong potential to become marginalized. Through an accident, after a crisis, he finds a connection with his inner powers. A guide is sent to him, from another time and place. He gets a chance to take hold of his own life and change his destiny. From the past of Carelian Finland he finds his own spiritual tribe and the power to turn the course of his doomed life. This is a story of survival.”
The tracklist of “Circle” reads as follows:
1. Shades Of Gray
3. The Wanderer
4. Narrow Path
5. Hopeless Days
6. Nightbird’s Song
7. Into The Abyss
8. Enchanted By The Moon
9. A New Day
The album’s ltd. digi book version will come with a
Bonus track: Dead Man’s Dream
+ bonus DVD, including:
- The Making Of “Circle”
- Nightbird’s Song (video clip)
Apart from the CD+DVD digi book version, “Circle” will be available on CD (without bonus track), black 2LP in gatefold, brown 2LP in gatefold and as a bulging ltd. box, including 3 bonus tracks + a wristband – exclusively available via the Nuclear Blast mail order.
Pre-order your copy now: www.nuclearblast.de/suche/amorphis_circle
New album “Circle” out April 19!
The 11th Amorphis album will be titled “Circle” and is set to be released on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.
The concept of “Circle” is a story that spreads through all of the album’s lyrics, written by long-standing collaborator Pekka Kainulainen. Here is a short summary:
“The protagonist has been dealt a bad hand at birth. He’s always felt himself an outsider with strong potential to become marginalized. Through an accident, after a crisis, he finds a connection with his inner powers. A guide is sent to him, from some other time and place. He gets a chance to take hold of his own life and change his destiny. From the past of Carelian Finland he finds his own spiritual tribe and the power to turn the course of his doomed life. This is a story of survival.”
As for the album’s title, Tomi Joutsen adds: “Circle represents integrity. Back in the days, when there was something special to talk about, wise men used to sit in a circle. Not everyone was invited to join them. But in this story, the protagonist was invited among the wise men’s circle.”