Amorphis announced their 14th Studio Album, Halo

Photo by Sam Jamsen Studio

Finnish heavy metal band Amorphis will release their 14th studio album, Halo, on the 11th of February 2022. via Atomic Fire Records. Halo is desribed as  “progressive, melodic, and quintessentially melancholic heavy masterwork”.

The guitarist and the founding member of Amorphis Esa Holopainen said that it is a great feeling that the band can still produce very decent music:

“Perhaps a certain kind of self-criticism and long experience culminate in these latest albums. It is thoroughly recognisable Amorphis from beginning to end but the general atmosphere is a little bit heavier and more progressive and also organic compared to its predecessor.” 

The vocalist Tomi Joutsen added:

“To me, Halo sounds a little more stripped-down compared to Queen Of Time and Under The Red Cloud. However, don’t get me wrong: when a certain song needs to sound big, then it sounds very big.”

Once again the band teamed up with Jens Bogren – record producer, mixer and recording engineer (Fascination Street Studios).

Jens is very demanding, but I really like to work with him. He takes care of the whole project from start to finish, and he allows the musician to focus on just playing. I may not be able to thank Jens enough. Everything we’ve done together has been really great, and this co-operation has carried Amorphis significantly forward,  said Holopainen.

Since 2007, and the album Silent Waters, the storyteller in Amorphis albums is the poet and artist Pekka Kainulainen. He wrote the lyrics for the albums: Silent Waters (2007), Skyforger (2009), The Beginning of Times (2011), Circle (2013), Under the Red Cloud (2015), Queen of Time (2018), and the upcoming Halo (2022).

“From day one, Pekka has always been an enthusiastic and prolific lyricist for Amorphis. It is a slow process of translating archaic Finnish poetry into English and adapting it our progressive rhythms. Fortunately, Pekka does everything on time and with great care, said Joutsen.

Pekka Kainulainen on Halo:

“Halo is a loose themed record filled with adventurous tales about the mythical North tens of thousands of years ago. The lyrics tell of an ancient time when man wandered to these abandoned boreal frontiers after the ice age. While describing the revival of a seminal culture in a world of new opportunities, I also try to reach the sempiternal forces of the human mind.”

Amorphis: Halo

01. Northwards

02. On The Dark Waters

03. The Moon

04. Windmane

05. A New Land

06. When The Gods Came

07. Seven Roads Come Together

08. War

09. Halo

10. The Wolf

11. My Name Is Night 

Amorphis: Tomi Joutsen – vocals; Esa Holopainen – guitars; Tomi Koivusaari – guitars; Santeri Kallio – keyboards; Olli-Pekka Laine – bass, Jan Rechberger – drums

Video: Wrong Direction, directed by: Harri Haataja; Actor: Pekka Kainulainen; Album: Queen of Time

Amorphis discography:

The Karelian Isthmus, 1992

Tales from the Thousand Lakes, 1994

Elegy, 1996

Tuonela , 1999

Am Universum, 2001

Far from the Sun , 2003

Eclipse, 2006

Silent Waters, 2007

Skyforger, 2009

The Beginning of Times, 2011

Circle, 2015

Under the Red Cloud, 2018

Halo, 2022

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