on 8 February 2014
From the very start of Tuonela it is clear that this is a band on form. "The way" is a remarkable song, where there's a quantitate depth, intriguing synths and a very solid guitar tone. "Morning Star" has a well constructed guitar riff and solid mid-line. "Nightfall" picks up the tempo and melody in intoxicating fashion, where the title track is another delicate and smooth effort; the undisputed arabian and metal master-class of "Greed" brings us to the halfway point of the album and in terms of enjoyment, not a moment too soon.
"Divinity" is a tranquil and ominous start to begin with, but quickly returns us to another quality prelude of majestic songwriting. "Shining" is the best song on the album. Featuring a great balance of tune, riffs and prog-ness and simply sublime in everyway.
"Withered" is up next, and as expected, is another musical triumph in musical innovation and theater in a suitably great opening lead and chorus. "Rusty room" is a delightful and beautiful soundscape; which is succeeded in the ending finale of "Summer's end" where another blossoming and progressive themed Amorphis piece closes the dramatic affair in style.
Tuonela is a diverse and elegant affair which solidifies Amorphis as one-of the best metal bands to come out of Finland. But even though Tuonela isn't quite as memorable as "Skyforger" (which was simply an unbelievable effort.) It has a wonderful clarity and inspired songwriting making re-visits throughly satisfying. Fans of progressive and melodic metal should certainly check out this LP and any of the other albums of Amorphis to discover this band's unparalleled metal greatness.
on 6 January 2015
I imagine at the time of this release some amorphis fans were in shock , i am newer to the band so i wasnt there then but bands i love have done things similar, heck like opeth but they never made an album as good as this. This is flawless, such a collection of songs, breathtaking in fact, no filler all killer is a cliche but its fxxking true here, dont be a plug, get this beauty.