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I have been looking through albums of amorhis and cannot not comment on two stars rating that someone is so generously giving to it. I am not the biggest fan (even though I think finnish metal is worth attention in general) but Silent Waters is one of my favourits from this band.
Since they changed the lead singer I think today the guy is much more powerful when it comes to separating growling and real singing. I am sorry, but for the band that is pretty much local, does not gig a lot, what these guys play - its of a very good standard.
The album has absolute rocking tracks like Weaving the Incantation (what a brilliant opening for the album!!!), Towards and Against, The white swan... Thats what Amorhis is for me nowadays.
It is hard to compare Amorhis though with its previous music such as Elegy for example. Different vocals, more of a "dark folk" it was. Probably such term does not exist but it was folky for me when now its a great melodic metal with great vocals.
Silent Waters is the most recent album by Finnish melodic metal band Amorphis. The album was released at the beginning of 2007 on Nuclear Blast, it features a moon lit album cover with a distinctive red swan. The album was largely touted as their "back to their best" album. Not being familiar with any of Amorphis' previous work this didn't really effect me much anyway.
With crispy guitar solos and sparkling clear vocals, this should have been rather popular but it just didn't do it for me. This is when I came to the conclusion that I'm a bit of a heathen and it just seems to straight and clean for my liking.
Poppy vocals singing through an album that is based on a Finnish poem compiled of Finnish and Karelian folklore in the 19th century called "Kalevala", educated it may be but it just appears to be pretentious arty twaddle to my ears and belongs in the theatre rather than on the shelves of a heavy metal section in a music shop!
Fortunately for me there were some slightly brutal vocals but they didn't really work as my mood had been dampened by the clean and cheerful poppy sound to Joutsen's regular vocals. Unless you want to dabble with the realms of artistic mediocrity - I'd steer clear of this one.
1. Weaving the Incantation
2. A Servant
3. Silent Waters
4. Towards and Against
5. I of Crimson Blood
6. Her Alone
9. The White Swan
10. Black River
11. Sign - Amorphis,
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Weaving the Incantation
3 Silent Waters
4 Towards and Against
5 I of Crimson Blood
6 Her Alone
9 White Swan
10 Black River
11 Sign [*]