Their retelling of Karelian legends and inspired tales from the Land of a Thousand Lakes taught us that fire and water—or ice—do in fact mix, and that there’s room for melody in death metal.
Amorphis proved that the genre could be heavy, rough and brutal, and still captivate our ears with a painstakingly crafted atmosphere and catchy riffs. These Finnish artists have been writing their own saga since 1990, expanding their sound to include progressive, folk, and even classic heavy metal themes. Queen of Time, Amorphis’ most recent release, may be the thirteenth LP in the band’s catalog, yet it’s anything but inauspicious. Critics are unanimous in their praise for the group’s faithfulness to their original style while raving about their unique sound. They’re one of a kind.