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  • This has got to be one of the best records of the year. The songs are great, best when the lyrics are read. The lyrics to “Summers End” and “Nightfall” are very talented. Musically, the record is very diverse, their sound is exclusively Amorphis but similar at times to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Ambient, Oriental, The Doors, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and a bit of Grunge. I’ve listened to Amorphis since 1992(The Karelian Isthmus). I can tell they’re really comfortable with this sound. All the elements from the past have come together to find Tuonela a reflection of the “Real Amorphis.” The keyboard player and Sakari Kukko are awesome. Production is louder and more sonic/dynamic than ever. Of course, if all you listen to is metal you probably won’t dig this record. It’s rock and damn good rock at that. If you only like the old Amorphis, you might buy it for “Greed” which is in the vein of a melodic(and better produced)Karelian Isthmus. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there, like the “2 stars” on this ratings board, who refuse to leave the underground. The appropriate response is: that’s not what music is all about. When a band is together 10 years they sell out when they don’t change. Amorphis changes, and does so successfully. I’d recommend the album to anyone who is a music fan.

    Posted on February 15, 2010