For a decade and a half now, Finnish Sometimes-Progressive Sometimes-Death Sometimes-Metal (hey, I think it's a working genre for them) band Amorphis has delivered quality albums, most notably the classic and essential Tales From The Thousand Lakes
. Silent Waters
is one of their better efforts. It's not quite made up of the crunchy death metal sound that characterized their early work (though some songs like "Weaving The Incantation" might disagree with this claim), nor is it quite the lighter, wispy sound that characterized later albums like Am Universum
. No, here Amorphis borrow mostly from the sound they had for last years Eclipse
and improve upon it, making it both heavier and lighter, and bearing the most semblance to Tales...
of any album in the past decade. This album is unrelenting, even sucking you in with its light parts, it's a hard album not to love. This is the album that Eclipse
was warming us up for. Silent Waters
is sure to be loved by any fan of any era of Amorphis, or any fan of progressive metal at all.
The album starts off with the monstrous "Weaving The Incantation" which is, to put it bluntly, FUCKING AWESOME. After that beast of a track, "A Servant" keeps up the pace with some very strong songwriting, and also helps the transition to the mid-paced, beautifully written self-titled song of the album. The fourth track, "Towards And Against" brings us more into the vein of the first two songs, with a especially exciting chorus. By the time you reach the 6-minute center of the album, "Her Alone," one of the best songs on the album, the signs of more recent Amorphis begin to become much more apparent. With that as the start of the second half of the album, it becomes a much more mellow experience. Don't think that the album gets any worse because of this, this part of the album is equally awesome, leading up the the extremely beautiful closer, "Black River."
This band does not get enough love, and I think this album needs to be heard. This is easily going to earn a spot in my year-end top... dare I say, two.