Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The Beginning of Times - Amorphis (2011)

The Beginning of Times is the 10th studio album from Finnish metalers Amorphis due to be released on the 27th of May via Nuclear Blast. When we caught up with Tomi Joutsen (Vocals) in November last year (watch it here) he informed us that this would be an album very similar to the previous ones...and indeed it is! Some songs definitely remind us of Skyforger while influences from earlier Amorphis album are more present this time. Some nice melodic choruses appear throughout the album and it seems that there are more brutal vocals than on Skyforger. The arrangements help a lot to create some nice atmospheres which match really nicely with the vocals of Tomi. Production wise Amorphis have laid down some very nice and interesting sounds that blend really well between them. The lyrics for the album are based on the main character of the Kalevala: Väinämöinen and have been written once again by Pekka Kainulainen. However, this album is missing the spark to light the fire for a great album. In general it is a pleasant album to listen to but it is lacking the power of attraction that will keep the listener glued to it. The Beginning of Times is an album that really perplexed me and I would really like to see what is the result that is generated when this songs are played live. I have a feeling that these songs are the kind of songs that are not meant to be heard on an album but live!
Our favourite song from the album is probably Crack in a Stone. The changes between the verses and the choruses is just too interesting to us and the epicness of the chorus is too much to be overlooked! And to top it all there's a great middle part that comes and lifts the song into being our personal favourite out of the album!

Also you can now stream the first track to be released from this album "You I Need" here!

The Beginning of Times: 7/10

Posted by Nick 


  1. Where did you listen the new album? Isnt leaked yet right?

  2. We are working very closely with Nuclear Blast and the press gets the albums months before they get released...;)

  3. Thats why we need the press. Who else is gona leak albums before release date?