When I heard this big band was coming to such a small town like Pori as a part of their Under the Red Cloud Tour which has lasted for about 2 years, I decided I had to go and see the show. Besides the last time I saw Amorphis live was in 2010. Since then, they released 3 beautiful albums and the latest release “Under the Red Cloud” being my favorite.
Justifiably and luckily they played many favorites from UTRC as well as their most-known classics.
The show venue was Bar Kino which was a movie theater previously with a vintage quality to it. Inside the venue was nice and packed with metaller Finns. We went to upstairs for the balcony view. That was a great decision on my side because I had the clearest and amazing view of the band and the crowd, that made me feel like a vip audience.
Anyways, the band got on the stage with loud cheers. They opened the show with the eponymous song of the album. The sound quality and stage presence was the professional Amorphis which did not surprise nor disappoint. Everything was perfect. They blasted “Sacrifice” and “Bad Blood” in a row, they are from the UTRC album. However crowd was a bit dull during the first two songs. Now with “Bad Blood” they also seemed to loosen up a bit and started headbanging and loud cheering. The guys went on with the old classics from previous records, the audience welcomed them dearly. I realized many were singing along in the crowd to my favorite off the UTRC “Dark Path”. In an elated state, we moved on to hear the next songs. Most catchy ones with great melodies and stories from Kalevala came after another. “Silent Waters”, “My Kantele”, and “House of Sleep” in a row closed the first part of the gig. The crowd was very exuberant at this point. The band made an encore after some minutes. The amazing first single off UTRC “Death of a King” kicked in. By that time I moved down to the stage floor. I can say that the energy oozing from the audience was great at that point.. They played three more songs at the encore which made Pori audience feel lucky.
It was such a great show from the Finnish metallers of two decades. Under the Red Cloud album can well be considered the band’s latest masterpiece where they mix melodic metal elements with folky atmosphere, clean vocals with growls and narrating simply epic tales. And finally the album’s tour that has lasted for nearly 2 years is the showcase of celebration of their merits.