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Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years
March 2011
Released: 2010, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Amorphis are a progressive/melodic death metal band that need no introduction!

Forming back in 1990 in Helsinki, ‘Amorphis’ have gained much respect in the world of metal! 2005 saw new vocalist ‘Tomi Joutsen’ join the band but they still play many of their old tracks during their live performances. 2010 saw Amorphis celebrating their 20th Anniversary and soon released their first ever DVD ‘Forging the Land of Thousand Lakes’ then followed the release of ‘Magic & Mayhem – Tales From The Early Years’.

Being similar to a ‘best-of’ album all the tracks have been re-recorded and somewhat tweaked, and with re-vamped keyboards and better production sound, listing tracks that are already well-known by their fans; from their first three previous albums; 1992's ‘Karelian Isthmus’, 1994's ‘Tales From The Thousand Lakes’ and 1996's ‘Elegy’.

I absolutely love this compilation, all except one bonus track they included;

’Light My Fire’, a cover from ‘The Doors’ one question I have is...‘Why?’ Although being a better recording, it doesn’t really fit into the album at all, but nonetheless the rest of the tracks are fantastic.

There is no denying the talent of this band & this is an album that’s going straight into my collection! If you are new to Amorphis then this album is a great introduction but I would strongly recommend going out and buying the original earlier albums, but this is definitely a ‘must buy’ album for all Amorphis fans.

Jo Blackened
Track Listing

1. Magic & Mayhem
2. Vulgar Necrolatry
3. Into Hiding
4. Black Winter Day
5. On Rich and Poor
6. Exile of the Sons
7. The Castaway
8. Song of the Troubled
9. Sign from the North
10. Drowned Maid
11. Against Windows
12. My Kantelle
13. Light My Fire


Tomi Joutsen – Vocals
Esa Holopainen – Guitar
Tomi Koivusaari – Guitar
Santeri Kallio – Keyboards
Niclas Etelävuori – Bass
Jan Rechberger – Drums

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