Happy Kalevala Day!
In honour of Kalevala Day, we are proud to announce the title and artwork of the upcoming Amorphis album. The Beginning Of Times will be released at the end of May, preceded by the single You I Need in April. The tracklist is as follows:
1. Battle For Light
3. My Enemy
4. You I Need
5. Song of the Sage
6. Three Words
9. On a Stranded Shore
11. Crack in a Stone
12. Beginning of Time
(digipack bonus) 13. Heart’s Song
The new album is the most challenging Amorphis album so far in terms of both music and lyrics. Its central character is the iconic hero of Finnish mythology, Väinämöinen, whose tale has been masterfully retold by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen. The Beginning Of Times was produced by the band; vocals were recorded under the guidance of Marco Hietala in his home studio in Kuopio. Like its predecessors, the album was mixed by Mikko Karmila. Its cover artwork shows Travis Smith’s magnificent interpretation of the mythological birth of the world from a goldeneye’s egg.
In June, Amorphis will embark on the extensive The Beginning Of Times tour, which is scheduled to continue through 2012.
Amorphis in Japan
a little update on what’s happening in camp Amorphis. The album recordings are advancing straight and smoothly (whatever that means…). We are now working on the vocals and again we have Marco Hietala producing Tomi. This time everything else has been done at Sonic Pump Studios except for the vocals, which are currently in the works at Marco’s home studio in Kuopio.
We are emerging with roughly 15 new songs and on the album there’s most likely going to be 10-11 tracks. It’s again a great feeling to start realizing that the songs and ideas which have been in our heads are finally going to see the light of day.
Pekka Kainulainen has worked really hard on the lyrics. The album is going to tell the story of the most important character of Finnish mythology and folklore. He is Finnish god Väinämöinen, who was described to be an extremely powerful, wise old man who had a magical voice. Some believe that Väinämöinen was the creator of the world, an ancient hero and a very influential shaman.
Having a subject as strong as this, it was pretty obvious that making music for the album was going to be a challenge. There are lots of musical elements that have been heard on previous albums, but there is also much more. Needless to say, we are keen to hand all the material over to Mikko Karmila, who is going to start the mixing at the end of this month.
Travis Smith is currently working on the album cover and the coming artwork so far looks no less than amazing.
Stay tuned folks!!
Special guests on the Magic & Mayhem Tour
The Magic & Mayhem Tour starts today at Helsinki’s legendary Tavastia Club. Each show will feature special performances by former members of Amorphis, including Pekka Kasari, Pasi Koskinen, Olli-Pekka Laine, Kasper Mårtenson, Kim Rantala and Ville Tuomi. Please CLICK HERE for the detailed list of special guests at each gig!
Esa Holopainen comments: “It goes without saying that the Magic & Mayhem Tour will bring many nostalgic moments, as former Amorphis members from throughout the years will be our guests on stage. The tour concludes a fantastic year, during which we have celebrated the 20-year career of Amorphis in more than one way. After New Year’s, we will continue the production of our next album, which we expect to see the light of day in May 2011. Pekka Kainulainen has again written beautiful lyrics, and the new album will be centered around the leading figure of Finnish mythology. Musically, it will again be intense with powerful emotion.”
On the road again!
The Forging Europe Tour 2010 starts this Friday, November 5. The shows in Utrecht (NL) on November 12 and Bochum (DE) on November 28 are already sold out, tickets for the remaining gigs are still available from Metaltix (DE only) and local ticket outlets.
After returning from abroad, Amorphis will visit seven Finnish cities on the Magic & Mayhem Tour in December. For Helsinki, a second date at Tavastia has been added in response to great demand: Wednesday, December 8. The gigs will feature guest performances by former Amorphis members and unique versions of the songs from the band’s early days.
MTV Europe Music Awards 2010
Amorphis has been nominated for Best Finnish Act in the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010. To cast your vote, please click the Vote button on the MTV EMA website. The EMA gala will be staged in Madrid on November 7.
Amorphis at sea
Amorphis will perform on the Radio Rock Cruise on M/S Baltic Princess between Helsinki and Tallinn on February 12-13, 2011. Other bands aboard include Mokoma and Apulanta. Tickets are now available from the link above.
Club tour in December
To round off the 20th Anniversary year, Amorphis will play seven shows in major Finnish cities in December. In line with the upcoming Magic & Mayhem album, the setlist will consist of material from the band’s early years – the recent radio hits are not on the agenda this time…
Click here for the official press release (in Finnish).
Tales From The Early Years
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Amorphis, the band has re-recorded a selection of classic tracks for a special retrospective. Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years will be in stores September 17 and features songs originally released between 1991 and 1996. The track listing can be found in the Discography section. Both CD (Digipak) and LP (gatefold 180g blue vinyl) are now available for pre-order from the Amorphis Webshop.
Thank you Wacken!
Wacken Open Air 2010 was a blast – thanks to each and every one of you who took part in this group photo!
Photo by Audrey Dujardin