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Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity
10/11/2018 08:00 PM EDT
$33 ADV / $38.50 DOS / $82.50 VIP
Supporting Acts: Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum
The legendary Finnish metallers Amorphis are back. The band who’ve spent the last ten years reinventing modern metal and have sold hundreds of thousands of albums in the process will release their sixth studio album on the 20th of May 2003 through Virgin.
The album “Far From The Sun” will mark a beginning of a new era for the band. Having changed their record label the band is more than ready to take their music to the masses, again. Enjoying the calm before the storm guitarist Esa Holopainen is the first to applaud the current state of things for Amorphis:
“Having had to go through all the contractual differences in the past, the future does really look bright at the moment. The process of making the album was easy and the schedule for the summer and autumn live dates is developing steadily. We aim to play European festivals over the summer and hit the road on our own in the Fall.”
Things have not always been this peachy for Amorphis. Starting out in late 1990 Amorphis, band members still in their teens, was quickly signed, with no help of managers or any other advisors by an american label to a long term contract that, despite its obvious fallbacks business-wise, saw Amorphis release five albums that changed the face of modern metal. From the death metal origins of their debut “Karelian Ishtmus” to their progressive and highly influental second album “Tales from The Thousand Lakes” up until the soon-to-be released “Far From The Sun” Amorphis have been on the forefront of modern metal like very few bands have been able to. Mixing their metal roots and their love for classic rock and Finnish folklore the band has created its own unique and distinctive sound of strong melodies and aggressive metal that has won them fans all over the globe and helped the band sell over 500 000 albums in the process.
On “Far From The Sun” Amorphis are returning to a more band-oriented concept. Having had several guest musicians and outside producers on their albums over the past years the band has this time around trusted only in themselves. The new album was produced by the band and recorded in several studios in Finland during the autumn and winter of 2002 and 2003.
As Esa Holopainen puts it:
“Far From The Sun is heavier and more guitar-driven and band-oriented an album than its predecessors. It is Amorphis 2003.”
“Damage Done” is the much-anticipated sixth full length album from Gothenburg’s own Dark tranquillity, a band that has become an institution within the realms of extreme Metal, seeing that they deserve full credit for originally kicking off the stylistic wave of melodic Death Metal which has become established and frenetically followed all throughout the world in the meantime.
During their 13 years of existence, Dark tranquillity have always tried to constantly expand their musical borders and stray away from already-conquered territory, and “Damage Done” is certainly no exception to their own artistic goal, being a truly diverse affair showcasing a host of new approaches and inspirational sources. Compared to the electronically-tinged approach of “Haven” (2000) or the laid-back, lush melancholia of the (Swedish) Grammy-nominated entity “Projector” (1999), “Damage Done” is more technical and intense in feel; a direct and solid sound, yet with lots of complex arrangements and sonic structures emerging from below the surface. While not by any means being a sheepish “back to the roots” album, some of the aggressive aesthetics present in Dark tranquillity’s earlier work have resurfaced, giving birth to some faster passages, pounding and inherently catchy throughout. From the relentless thrash-o-rama of opener “Final Resistance” to the sombre closing tones of “Ex Nihilo” (the first instrumental in the band’s history), “Damage Done” runs the full gamut and showcases a hungry and confident band that presents absolutely no signs of musical exhaustion or willingness to descend from their position as a leading creative force in the metal scene.
Recorded with long term producer Fredrik Nordström at Gothenburg’s famous Studio Fredman facilities, the masterfully written and flawlessly executed eleven new creations on “Damage Done” are determined to fully please the passionate melodic Death Metal following as well as bringing new listeners into the very unique and charismatic sound of Dark tranquillity. Watch out for the band to embark on a massive string of tours following the release of this masterpiece of a new album: The damage is done, my friends!
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