Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

AMORPHIS / Circle [2013]

11 albums in to their career, Finnish metal band Amorphis finally drop the Kalevala folktale concept in their lyrics and run with an original story on 2013's Circle.
It's a beautifully polished album with keyboards pushed into the background making for a fully fleshed out guitar & bass sound to add an extra woompht (that's the technical term for all your musicians).  It's not nearly as experimental as their early days but that's all right seeing as strong songwriting is their main focus now and that makes for a consistently well-crafted album here.  The symphonic folk flavors are still nicely fitted in where needed as are the dramatic guitars and emotional passages leading the listener into a world long forgotten.

 4 tales of altered destiny out of 5

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