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Far From The Sun - Amorphis

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Amorphis / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2004-11-15 at Nuclear Blast

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      16.01.2008 17:45
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      Amorphis' sixth album (2003).

      Continuing their descent far from their classic early works (maybe there's some kind of metaphor around the 'Sun' thing, but it would only be as half-hearted as everything else about this release), Amorphis reached their lowest point in this sixth album. This isn't entirely a bad thing, as at least the resurgence of their style in the subsequent 'Eclipse' finally put an end to this depressing downward spiral of almost a decade.

      As was the case with several previous albums, there's no point in trying to consider Amorphis as a metal band any more (at least not until their more recent releases), and the atmospheric prog style of their previous 'Tuonela' and 'Am Universum' here fizzles out into some really boring hard rock. Only some songs such as 'Day of Your Beliefs,' 'Far From the Sun' and 'Killing Goodness' have any life to them, albeit in a way entirely derivative of seventies rock bands but lacking the fun or originality, while the rest manage to be even duller than the previous album, particularly ballads like 'Ethereal Solitude.' Pasi Koskinen's vocals have deteriorated with every release and are just plain irritating here, perhaps leading to his replacement for the following album, and even the greater prominence of the guitars compared to 'Am Universum' isn't particularly exciting, considering that Koivusaari and Holopainen's riffs are frankly rubbish.

      Once again, the only song that really stands out for being above average is the one released as a single, the fairly enjoyable 'Evil Inside' that nevertheless suffers from the same problems of tedium and laziness/irritation. It seems that the band often concentrated on a single song at the expense of the others, demonstrated with the previous album's 'Alone' and even the singles from 'Tuonela' and 'Elegy,' though the rest of the material was fortunately up to standard in those days, so anyone who has heard or even purchased the single really doesn't need to check the album out. It is fairly poor.

      1. Day of Your Beliefs
      2. Planetary Misfortune
      3. Evil Inside
      4. Mourning Soil
      5. Far From the Sun
      6. Ethereal Solitude
      7. Killing Goodness
      8. God of Deception
      9. Higher Ground
      10. Smithereens

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Day of Your Beliefs
      2 Planetary Misfortune
      3 Evil Inside
      4 Mourning Soil
      5 Far from the Sun
      6 Ethereal Solitude
      7 Killing Goodness
      8 God of Deception
      9 Higher Ground
      10 Smithereens
      11 Shining Turns to Grey [*]
      12 Follow Me into the Fire [*]
      13 Darkrooms [*]
      14 Dreams of the Damned [*]
      15 Far from the Sun [Acoustic Version][*]
      16 Evil Inside [*][Multimedia Track]