Amorphis – Silent Waters
Release date: 2007 Label: Nuclear Blast
By: Elvira Visser
The Finnish band Amorphis has been making music for quite some time, they have
released 8 albums and you can say that their music has always been developing.
From a more death metal band into a more melodic rock/metal band nowadays.
The name Amorphis comes from Amorphous which means: without determinate form,
shapeless. This band has also seen changes in the years of their existence.
Pasi Koskonen joined the band in 1996 and with him, it can be said that the
music changed as well. In 2004 Tomi Joutsen replaced Pasi Koskonen and the band
delivered their cd “Eclipse”. Beautiful melodic metal which showed
the capabilities of Tomi as a vocalist. This new album “Silent Waters”
shows he had not showed us his all.
The lyrics on this album are based on the Finnish National Epic: Kalevala,
like their other records. Using the Kalevala as a source for their lyrics, combined
with the use of piano and organ, it creates a folkish atmosphere. It seems that
with this album, Tomi adopted the band’s sound totally and started to use all
he is capable of: perfect clean vocal lines mixed with a great growls. The band
really take their own musical sound one step further compared to their album
I personally think this album is amazing. It starts off quite hard and heavy,
which sounds more like the earlier years of Amorphis. One thought I had was
“Is hard and heavy the new road their heading, after their last more melodic
album?” But I was asking questions to fast after only 2 songs. From that
point on the music on this album slows down a bit, beautiful melodic melodies
appear. They clearly take off where they left us after “Eclipse”.
This album again, guides you through the great and beautiful stories of the
Kalevela. Amorphis own unique sound creates this special world and the use of
the Kalevala as origin of their lyrics just completes their sound.
The first song “Waving the Incantation” is that first aggressive
song. Timo shows off his grunts and growling but a female harmonic melody keeps
it to the Amorphis sound. The song goes back and forth from aggressive to calm
and peaceful to explode again when an acoustic guitar joins in.
This harder/heavier tone continues with the next song “A Servant”.
The fast metal drums are present and the guitars are raging with great speed.
The guitars really make this song, in my opinion. A great guitar solo. It proves
that Esa Holopainen and Tomi Koivusaari also show what they are capable off.
The next song start with a single piano tune, which takes me back to their
Previous work. The song “Silent Water” is indeed more silent than
the other two but still has those great guitars but with the clean tone of Tomi’s
voice it creates a beautiful melodic song.
“I know how to fight, I know how to sing, I know the way” comes from
the song “Towards and against”. Tomi knows how to sing, and the band
seem to know the way. Although the song starts surprisingly with some electronic
“I of Crimson Blood” is the second song with a great piano intro
which gives you that special melancholic melodic Amorphis feeling, at least
to me. With “Here Alone” the songs stay a bit softer but it does not
lose your attention. At “Enigma” Tomi shows he lays more emotion in
his voice, together with a little choir in the background and an acoustic guitar
this song is quite different from the other songs.
”Shaman” starts a bit the same as Enigma and I even wonder if I am
not listening to the same track or that the tracks sound much alike but after
half a minute they prove me wrong. The electric guitar and present drum sounds
enter this song which takes you back to the first songs, even the electric sounds
return in this song. Maybe a combination of the whole album in this song. But
I am not totally convinced if it is an electronic sound or a snare instrument
such as the Finnish Folk instrument Kantele.
With the second last song “The White Swan” the intro is a bit heavier
to calm down again to burst out in some screams from hell. Need to give it all
before the and of the cd. Again a song for me that combines every strong point
from Amorphis. Melodic and beautiful with clean vocals combined with great guitar
solo’s, fast drumming and some growling.
The last song “Black River” the piano intro makes me a bit sad, knowing
this is the last song and when the vocalist starts to whisper they really done
it. There is nothing left to do then just to admit this is a great record, really
one everyone should have. Very diverse but they still truly kept to their own
| 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 Rivers