015: AMORPHIS

Amorphis started as a death metal band, formed in Helsinki in 1990. Across their earlier albums their sound was a straightforward (though well-produced) doom-influenced death metal, which was popular in the region at the time.

But in 1994 they released their classic album “Tales from the Thousand Lakes” where they started taking a more melodic approach, adding clean vocals and synthesisers, while also integrating more progressive and folk elements – all steps toward crafting the sound they’ve become so well known for. The album is also notable as a concept album, based on Kalevala, a 19th century epic poetry compilation based on Karelian and Finnish folklore.

By the time Amorphis had come to release their most recent two albums (2015’s ‘Under the Red Cloud‘ and 2018’s ‘Queen of Time‘) their compilations had grown into extensive, multi-instrumental, grand productions. Songs made use of flutes, string arrangements, saxophones, and even xylophones, making for extremely expansive and immersive productions.

Amorphis have pushed, expanded, and broken beyond the limitations of their initial genre, to become an imposing band whose music is celebrated and enjoyed internationally.

Finland should be incredibly proud.