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Elegy - Amorphis

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Amorphis / Audio CD released 2004-08-30 at Relapse

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      15.01.2008 16:46
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      Amorphis' third album (1996).

      Having proved their death/doom metal credentials with 'Tales from the Thousand Lakes,' Finland's Amorphis boldly (and questionably) opted for a rather drastic change of pace over the course of their subsequent albums, at its most effective in the first offering of their new style, 'Elegy.' Rather than the epic folk tales of the Kalevala that had worked so well for the band in the past, inspiration this time turns to the poems of the Kanteletar, one of the ingredients for a potentially more moving and emotionally resonant album, and a promise that 'Elegy' delivers on to some extent.

      There are very few death metal traces remaining here outside of Tomi Koivusaair's occasional growls and his faster guitar performances alongside newcomer Esa Holopainen that nevertheless forsake any real heaviness, and the band seems to draw most of its inspiration here from classic progressive rock, without much of its trademark excess; the only sections of the album that qualify as genuinely strange are the more folk-based jig sections that end up being some of the most worthwhile and entertaining creative decisions indulged in. While the new prog direction will doubtless annoy less open-minded fans of the band's earlier material (I guess that includes me, then), their pop transformation is still incomplete and this album boasts some of the band's finest material, albeit in a smaller proportion than something like 'Tales' or 'Privilege of Evil.'

      For a start, it's primarily the song 'Cares' that still proves Amorphis has what it takes as a metal band, and that their evolution is a creative choice rather than a lapse. This song is faster, as are a couple of others such as 'Against Widows' and 'Relief,' and the vocals are surprisingly and very noticeably performed by Koivusaair's growling alone. 'My Kantele' was the album's prominent single and is justly accomplished, beginning with death vocals and gradually evolving into the lighter, sung second half, and it deserves extra credit for not standing out as jarringly and unsatisfyingly as an Amorphis single could perhaps be expected at this point. Its acoustic companion tagged onto the album's end makes for a nice furtherance of the style and a different perspective, but I prefer the peasant wail of light electric guitar leads.

      For all of these fun and engaging songs, it's the gloom of 'Elegy' that works the best for me, more grief-stricken and compelling than any of the doom attempts from 'Tales,' and genuinely progressive to boot. It's a shame Amorphis didn't opt to focus more exclusively on a doom direction from this point on, rather than being absorbed into more mainstream rock as happened around this point for the bands that started out as death-based doom (most prominently Anathema and Katatonia, and obviously Amorphis itself), but the change of direction earned them an entirely new fan base across a successful career while those that despised it can still find satisfaction in the early albums. Everyone's a winner really, it makes you wonder why I complain so much.

      1. Better Unborn
      2. Against Widows
      3. The Orphan
      4. On Rich and Poor
      5. My Kantele
      6. Cares
      7. Song of the Troubled One
      8. Weeper on the Shore
      9. Elegy
      10. Relief
      11. My Kantele (Acoustic Reprise)

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Better Unborn
      2 Against Widows
      3 Orphan
      4 On Rich And Poor
      5 My Kantele
      6 Cares
      7 Song Of The Troubled One
      8 Weeper On The Shore
      9 Elegy
      10 Relief
      11 My Kantele
      12 Better Unborn
      13 Against Widows
      14 Castaway

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