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AMORPHIS Keyboardist SANTERI KALLIO On 'Heavier' New Album 'Halo': 'Guitar Riffs Made A Comeback'

By David E. Gehlke The 17 years since vocalist Tomi Joutsen joined AMORPHIS have been quite good to the long-running Finnish melancholic progressive metallers. Joutsen's first effort with the band, 2006's "Eclipse", righted a ship that started to go astray with Pasi Koskinen as frontman, ending with...
April 18, 2022

AMORPHIS Guitarist: Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine Is 'One Madman's Work'

In a new interview with Elliott Fullam of Little Punk People, guitarist and founding member Tomi Koivusaari of Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS was asked for opinion on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, He responded: "This madness, it's totally, totally a madman's work, this thing. And...
March 13, 2022


Rhetorical question coming up: has there even been a more underrated band than AMORPHIS? Despite being insanely consistent and unwaveringly singular for over 30 years, the Finns have never really fit neatly into any ongoing or newly revived category, and the result is that far too little attention i...
February 7, 2022

AMORPHIS Drops Music Video For New Single 'On The Dark Waters'

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will release their fourteenth studio album, "Halo", on February 11, 2022 via Atomic Fire Records. The official music video for the LP's latest single, "On The Dark Waters", directed by Pekka Hara, can be seen below. Lyricist Pekka Kainulainen commen...
January 28, 2022

AMORPHIS Announces Spring 2022 North American Tour

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will embark on a North American tour this spring. The trek will kick off on April 13 in New York City and will make its way through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close on May 12 in Baltimore, Maryland. Support will come from SYLVAINE and HOAX...
January 12, 2022

AMORPHIS Releases Music Video For New Song 'The Moon'

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will release their fourteenth studio album, "Halo", on February 11, 2022 via Atomic Fire Records. The official music video for the LP's first single, "The Moon", created by renowned director Patric Ullaeus (rEvolver Film),can be seen below. Comment...
December 3, 2021

NUCLEAR BLAST Founder Launches New Label ATOMIC FIRE

Nuclear Blast founder Markus Staiger has launched a new company called Atomic Fire GmbH.The label's acts include HELLOWEEN, OPETH, MESHUGGAH, AMORPHIS, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, PRIMAL FEAR, SONATA ARCTICA, AGNOSTIC FRONT, RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR, SILVER LAKE BY ESA HOLOPAINEN and WHITE STONES. In addit...
November 11, 2021

AMORPHIS Announces New Album 'Halo'

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS will release their fourteenth studio album, "Halo", on February 11, 2022 via Atomic Fire Records. In the past, mythology and legend took the role of today's pop culture: Stories and a set of values uniting us by giving us a voice and a tapestry on w...
November 4, 2021

Metal Musicians React To Death Of ENTOMBED Singer LARS-GÖRAN PETROV

Members of SCORPIONS, MEGADETH, EXODUS, KREATOR, CARCASS, ARCH ENEMY and DESTRUCTION are among the musicians who have reacted to the passing of Lars-Göran Petrov. The pioneering ENTOMBED and ENTOMBED A.D. singer died on Sunday, March 7 after a battle with bile duct cancer. He was 49 years old. In a...
March 8, 2021

U.S Edition Of 'History Of Finnish Death Metal' Book Due In April

Decibel Books has announced the U.S. release of "Rotting Ways To Misery: The History Of Finnish Death Metal". The definitive guide to the magical and morbid world of Finnish death metal, exploring the extreme metal and thrash scenes of late '80s, the short-lived but explosive scene of the early '90s...
March 8, 2021

Metal Band BLIND CHANNEL To Represent Finland In This Year's 'Eurovision Song Contest'

Finnish metal band BLIND CHANNEL has won "Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu", the country's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, and will now compete against 40 other acts in the Eurovision finals, due to be held in Rotterdam this May. Speaking to shortly after their victory,...
February 20, 2021

AMORPHIS Guitarist's SILVER LAKE Project To Feature Guest Appearances By KATATONIA, SOILWORK Members

SILVER LAKE BY ESA HOLOPAINEN, the solo project of AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen, will release its self-titled debut album on May 28 via Nuclear Blast. Since 1990, Holopainen has been the lead guitarist of the progressively-minded heavy metal innovators AMORPHIS. Thanks to the metallic and melod...
February 17, 2021

AMORPHIS Begins Recording 14th Studio Album

Finnish melancholic progressive metallers AMORPHIS have entered Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki to begin recording their fourteenth album. The follow-up to "Queen Of Time" is tentatively due later this year via Nuclear Blast. "Queen Of Time" came out in May 2018 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 20...
February 10, 2021


Nuclear Blast Records has announced the signing of SILVER LAKE, the solo project of AMORPHIS guitarist Esa Holopainen. Esa made good use of his coronavirus downtime in 2020 and fulfilled an old dream of his by recording his first solo album at the Sonic Pump studios. "As some of you might have notic...
January 25, 2021

Hear Previously Unreleased Live Recordings Of ALEXI LAIHO Singing DEATH Covers

On Monday, January 4, the metal world was shocked to hear about the passing of Alexi Laiho, former frontman of CHILDREN OF BODOM, at the age of only 41. As a tribute to both Laiho and late DEATH mainman Chuck Schuldiner, journalist and author Björn "Nalle" Österman thought it would be fitting to rel...
January 6, 2021