Amorphis – Halo

Label: Atomic Fire – release: February 11, 2022

When it says “Amorphis” on the package, you can rely on receiving a quality product, i.e. epic, catchy melodies with a Folk twist, combined with aggressive riffs, clean vocals as well as death growls, and every song with the potential to become an immortal metal classic. For more than 30 years, the Finnish Kalevala metal pioneers have successfully carved out their very own niche. So it was no big surprise that this record landed in top position of the domestic charts shortly after its release.

So there’s basically no need for a lengthy review, it’s just a question whether Halo can keep up with the absolutely sensational predecessor “Queen of Time”. During the first play-through, I noticed the somewhat more progressive character, in comparison, and I couldn’t immediately pin down an instant smash hit. It’s also difficult with all this ear candy… How Halo will position itself on the band’s lush evergreen scale – and thus on a future live album setlist – must ultimately be decided by the fan community. In any case highly recommended.

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 (feat. Petronella Nettermalm)

Tomi Joutsen | Gesang
Esa Holopainen | Gitarre
Tomi Koivusaari | Gitarre
Santeri Kallio | Keyboards
Olli-Pekka Laine | Bass
Jan Rechberger | Schlagzeug

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