Finnish masters of melancholic dark metal, AMORPHIS, have dubbed their 11th full length studio album release ‘Circle’. The album is set to be released on April 22nd 2013 via Nuclear Blast records. In the game now successfully for over 20 years, this sextet still manage to surprise, delight and step up their efforts with every record they create. Recently confirmed to play this year on Sunday 13th August on the Ronnie James Dio stage at Bloodstock, alongside a momentous line-up of incredible bands, 2013 is looking set to be a pivotal year for AMORPHIS!
Circle, the follow-up to 2011’s highly successful masterpiece The Beginning Of Time (Finnish charts: #1, German charts: #16) was produced and mixed by HYPOCRISY and PAIN mastermind Peter Tägtgren (CHILDREN OF BODOM, IMMORTAL, DIMMU BORGIR). Tracking was done at Petrax Studio in Hollola (NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, KORPIKLAANI) and at 5K Studios in Helsinki, Finland.
A short summary of the album’s concept/story written by Pekka Kainulainen, who wrote the lyrics for the album, can be read below:
“The protagonist has been dealt a bad hand at birth. He’s always felt himself an outsider with strong potential to become marginalized. Through an accident, after a crisis, he finds a connection with his inner powers. A guide is sent to him, from some other time and place. He gets a chance to take hold of his own life and change his destiny. From the past of Carelian Finland he finds his own spiritual tribe and the power to turn the course of his doomed life. This is a story of survival.”
Singer Tomi Joutsen added about the album’s title:
“Circle represents integrity. Back in the days, when there was something special to talk about, wise men used to sit in circle. Not everyone was invited to join them. But in this story, the protagonist was invited among the wise men’s circle.”
Check out ‘You I Need from ‘The Beginning Of Times’