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03 April 2012 @ 12:30 pm
Opinion of bands - Amorphis  
It seems right to have one of these, again. While I personally am fond of Amorphis (namely 'Tales from the Thousand Lakes' and the Tomi Joutsen (current singer) era), I know that not everyone likes them, and some can't even stand them. Since the point of these posts is to get people to air out what they like or dislike about something, as long as they explain why, let's have another opinions post.

The rules are

1) Say whatever you want on the band in question, and explain why you feel that way

2) Get involved! If you disagree with someone - comment on why you do!

3) (and most important rule) NO IN-FIGHTING. There are no right or wrong answers, these are opinions.

No flaming people for liking Amorphis, and certainly no flaming people for not liking Amorphis. Let's get talking!

Myself, I have a bias towards the Tomi Joutsen era because that was how I got introduced to them (he did guest vocals on a Swallow the Sun song around 2007/2008, and they were one of my first tastes of the romantic death/doom subgenre). I also got to see them live, which I recall as amazing. However, I know that not everyone likes Joutsen's vocals or performance - many feel that his predecessor Pasi Koskinen was a stronger vocalist more suited to rock and metal, whereas many (legitimately) aren't fond of the direction the band took when Joutsen came on board.

While I do like Eclipse, Silent Waters and Skyforger (Joutsen era), I have to say I'm not fond of the latest album or even the covers one that Amorphis had released of their older material from the death/doom years... the latter's high production values (and admittedly restrained clean vocals) feel poor in comparison to how these songs tend to translate in a live setting, and the former felt very hackneyed and rushed.

So what's your opinion on Amorphis? Love them, hate them, say it here and don't forget to say why.

What doesn't kill you makes you strongertheli on April 3rd, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
First of all, I'm jealous you've got to see and listen to them live! This is my long-time dream, I hope they come to the US for more than just one concert. I bet this year's 70000 tons of Metal was amazing, having them as part of a line-up.

I feel similarly about "Joutsen" albums - absolutely love Eclipse, then Skyforger, then Silent Waters (in that order). "The Beginning Of Times", the last album, still has the same spirit, but, for whatever reason, is a weaker album. I think a lot of Amorphis fans agree on that. I'm just hoping the next record they produce will be on par with Eclipse.
I was introduced to Amorphis in the early 2000s, several years before Tomi became the vocalist. I first listened to their Elegy and Am Universum albums, both of which are departures from doom/death. Am Universum has clean vocals, for the most part, and is more of a progressive rock album, than any other style. While I liked both of them, I was really glad when Tomi Joutsen came on board, and vocal style changed. I think Tomi is still a great growler, but I love how he blends both clean and growling vocals in one song. For pure growling melodic death I can always turn to Dark Tranquillity :), but this is beyond the subject of this conversation.
What I absolutely adore about Amorphis music are their keyboards and drums, these alone set them apart, thanks to Esa Holopainen's songwriting talents. This hasn't changed since Pasi's times, so Amorphis will always be my top-10 band to listen to.