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Tomi Koivusaari of Amorphis

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About a month and a half ago, I sent some questions over to Amorphis guitarist Tomi Koivusaari. The interview, originally meant to be a phone interview, addresses various things about Circle, their latest full-length album. Unfortuantely, when the answers came back, I was just bouncing back from the third hard drive failure, and shortly after my fourth. They may be a bit delayed, but here’s the interview.


Amorphis Reveal Details of Upcoming Album

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Amorphis: The Beginning of Times

Finnish masters of melacholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have dubbed their 11th full length release Circle. The album is set to be released on April 19, 2013 (Europe) and April 30 (North America) via Nuclear Blast records. Circle, The follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece The Beginning Of Times (Finnish charts: #1, German charts: #16) was produced and mixed by no less than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR). Tracking was done at Petrax Studio in Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) and 5K Studios in Helsinki, Finland.


Amorphis to Enter Studio in September

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Finnish forerunners of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have just announced that they will enter the studio in September to record their yet-untitled 11th album. The follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece The Beginning Of Times (Finnish charts: #1, German charts: #16) will be produced and mixed by no less than HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren. Peter has worked with some of the biggest bands in the past, such as CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL and DIMMU BORGIR among others.

“We had to face the fact that if we want to develop our music and sound we need a producer who has a vision and whom we can accept as an authority,” commented AMORPHIS guitarist and founding member Esa Holopainen. “I know that we’re not the most flexible guys when it comes to letting outsiders into our camp for telling us how to do things. We spent one evening at our management office, talking about the right producer and the recording sessions in general. As usual, the best decisions are not far to seek. We’ve been talking to Peter about him producing AMORPHIS for ages. I think the first time we spoke about this was when we met first at the Nuclear Blast festival tour in 1994, and it was in Helsinki around a year ago when we last speculated about the idea. We’ve been following Peter’s career – he’s developed as a musician and especially as a producer over the years. Plus he’s one of the true survivors from the 90’s death metal scene who is still around just like us, so we share kind of an old school mental level.”


Amorphis: The Beginning of Times

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Riding off the immense success of their previous full-length effort Skyforger, Amorphis return from the studio to bring us their follow-up release The Beginning of Times. The heavily anticipated release marks the tenth full-length studio effort from Finland Metal legends, and celebrates Amorphis having been a group for over twenty years, originally forming back in 1990. But, the main question is whether or not the band can capitalize off the success of their last album while not doing a carbon copy of the previous album like so many acts who reach a level of success as this band has. And, with The Beginning of Times, Amorphis weave a whole new tale, while not forgetting exactly what threw them into the spotlight all across the globe.