In a weird sort of way, I find it easier to write a negative review than it is to write a positive one. Sometimes an album is just good. And that’s all that really needs to be said. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m kind of having a hard time coming up with a way to present the latest Amorphis album. It is a well crafted slab of melodic Scandinavian death metal. That’s it. Like you would expect anything less from these crafty Finns.
Amorphis is just a warm blanket in the metal world. Every couple of years or so, they sit down and compose a professional piece of metal inspired by some facet of Finnish folklore. And it is good. It is always good. They just don’t deliver crap or missteps.
If you’ve dug Amorphis’ output since the time that vocalist Tomi Joutsen took over as frontman, then you will definitely dig this one. It’s right in line with every other album they have put out since he joined the band back in 2005. I think the main difference in the sound on this one is a little more focus on the keyboards out front and the guitars a bit back in the mix. The result is a little less heavy sounding album overall, but, as I said, the songwriting is strong as always. It’s just an enjoyable album.
4 flip flops out of 5