Review: Amorphis – Circle

Rated:

4/5

Few metal bands have gotten more lyrical mileage out of the Kalevala, Finland’s national myth, than Amorphis. Yet on their 11th studio full-length, the Helsinki-based sextet diversifies with lyricist Pekka Kainulainen’s original narrative about an outcast hero. Complementing the story, the superbly orchestrated music sweeps the listener away. It’s easy to appreciate vocalist Tomi Joutsen’s soulful melancholy on epic tracks like “Mission” and “Hopeless Days,” as determined guitars and chiming keyboards evoke a vast northern landscape. Drummer Jan Rechberg offers perfectly timed accents worthy of Dream Theater on “Into the Abyss.” This circle is complete. LUCAS AYKROYD

Sample all the tracks on Circle below: