conducted an interview with vocalist Tomi Joutsen
of Finnish melancholic dark metal forerunners AMORPHIS
before the band's February 21 show at Hullu Pullo in Vaasa, Finland. You can now watch the chat below (in Finnish, with English subtitles; click on "CC").
will perform a special concert at the Olavinlinna Castle, a stone fortress built in 1475, on July 13 during the Savonlinna Opera Festival
's 2014 season in Savonlinna, Finland.
The idea of inviting AMORPHIS
along to Savonlinna was, according to the festival’s artistic director Jorma Silvasti
, born out of the opera called "Kullervo"
by Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen
. "I asked myself what other front-line Finnish music views the male soulscape through the eyes of 'The Kalevala'
[19th-century work of epic poetry]," Silvasti
said. "I wanted something to offer an audience that may never before have visited Savonlinna during the Opera Festival
The program for the AMORPHIS
concert will include material from the band's most recent album, "Circle"
, as well as tracks from the "Eclipse"
CD retelling the story of Kullervo. The lyrics, which were based on texts by Paavo Haavikko
with translations by Anselm Hollo
, helped propel AMORPHIS
to the ranks of the Finnish metal elite.
' albums draw on the Finnish national epic "The Kalevala"
, and the ancient folk poetry of "The Kanteletar"
have influenced the band's signature sound and won the group fans all around the world. AMORPHIS
could, in fact, be called the heavy ambassador for Finnish mythology.
' eleventh album, "Circle"
, was released on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records
. Production and mixing duties for the follow-up to 2011's "The Beginning Of Times"
were handled by HYPOCRISY
mastermind Peter Tägtgren
, who has previously worked with such bands as CHILDREN OF BODOM
, CELTIC FROST
and DIMMU BORGIR
. The recordings took place at Petrax Studio
, CHILDREN OF BODOM
) in Hollola and 5K Studios
in Helsinki. The cover artwork was created by Tom Bates
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