Album Review – Amorphis “The Beginning of Times” 2011
Finland’s Amorphis have been on a Kalevala-inspired roll of late, with albums packed with epic power-pop inspired by the rich images of life and death within the national epic. This year’s outing The Beginning of Times is a bit more solidly conceptual, focusing mainly on (duh) the creation myth and the world’s first hero-figure Vainamoinen.
It’s a quieter, more self-contained listen than Eclipse, Silent Waters or Skyforger, yet contains many of the elements that have made this phase of Amorphis’ career so successful. Singles “You I Need” and “Mermaid”, while no “Silver Bride”, still manage to show the band’s mastery of the verse-chorus-verse structure that confounds many a technical metal band with its deceptive simplicity. “Mermaid” also contains some timely and tasteful female vocals produced by Marco Hietala, who knows a thing or two about these things.
Solid work from the melodic Finns, The Beginning of Times only misses the podium due to the long shadows of its predecessors. 8 out of 10
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