Amorphis Reveal New Album’s Title, Cover & Release Date

AMORPHIS have finally finished recording their upcoming new studio album, entitled ‘Queen Of Time’. The record is scheduled for a May 18th release, via Nuclear Blast. In comparison to its predecessor, ‘Under The Red Cloud’ (2015), the album will include the use of real strings, flutes, orchestral arrangements and even choirs! In addition, this will be the first time that people will be able to hear their lyricist Pekka Kainulainen on the album as he contributes a speech in Finnish.

Today, the band unveils some more details on the production, the album title, the album cover (see above) and on working with their new/old bassist Olli-Pekka Laine.

The album was once again produced by the famous Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KREATOR, and many others), who is well-known for challenging, and motivating, the artists during the recording process. He isn’t afraid to push them to their limits!

Esa comments:

“I guess ‘Queen Of Time’ turned out as a massive surprise to all of us. During the rehearsing and pre-production we didn’t have any idea that Jens had this huge picture inside of his head about the landscape of the album. It’s a very natural continuation to ‘Under The Red Cloud’ but with steroids. The songs are more aggressive but there’s more dynamics, harmonies and orchestral arrangements present. The result is AMORPHIS as something you’ve never heard before! Essentially, working with Jens worked really well. As a person he is very similar to us – we share the same kind of weird humor and we all like to work hard.”

The cover artwork, which was created once again by French artist Jean ”Valnoir” Simoulin from Metastazis, captures the feeling of the lyrics and the music. With Pekka Kainulainen’s (lyricist) words, the lyrical theme is universal: “Cultures rise, flourish, and are destroyed. The story of man is the story of searching, finding, and forgetting. A single spark can set the world afire, a single idea can give birth to a new culture. The greatest can stagnate into insignificance, the smallest can hold the power for change. The lyrics on this album are distant echoes of ancient forest peoples, from a time when meaning was proportioned by the cosmic forces that govern birth and death. If the connection was lost, they sought for a strand of knowledge, found a new direction, and a new age began.”

‘Queen Of Time’ will be also the first album with their old/new bass player Olli-Pekka ‘Oppu’ Laine following the departure of Niclas Etelävuori in 2017. Oppu was one of the founding members in 1990 and recorded the first seven records with AMORPHIS (‘The Karelian Isthmus’ LP, 1992; ‘Privilege Of Evil’ EP, 1993; ‘Tales From The Thousand Lakes’ LP, 1994; ‘Black Winter Day’ EP, 1995; ‘Elegy’ LP, 1996; ‘My Kantele’ EP, 1997 and the ‘Tuonela’ LP, 1999) before he parted ways with the band in spring 2000.

“To be honest, ‘Oppu’ was the only guy we could imagine being in AMORPHIS. It was funny – when we started to play our first shows together again last summer it all felt so familiar. He was involved with arranging songs and he also even brought some new songs to the table… really good ones, too!” says Esa. And Oppu adds: “Even though the last year with AMORPHIS has been exciting, nostalgic and fun, it’s also been truly comfortable to be with the guys again. As a clichéd expression, it’s been like returning home from a lengthy odyssey. After eighteen years, it feels like we are picking up where we left off from the good ol’ days! I’m really looking forward for the upcoming tour. The new album itself is a really strong package, the only hard thing will be picking which songs to play live! It’s safe to say we are set to pull off some killer shows over the next few years. After that, I’m predicting a long and fruitful career for the band in its current form…”

The band will soon kick off pre-orders for ‘Queen Of Time’ and release their first single, so stay tuned!

AMORPHIS festival shows 2018:
12.05. Kopervik – Karmoygeddon Metal Festival (NO)
08.06. Hyvinkää – Rockfest (FI)
09.06. Tampere – South Park Festival (FI)
13.06. Tokyo – Shibuya Club Quattro (JP)
14.06. Osaka – Umeda Club Quattro (JP)
21. – 23.06. St. Goarshausen – RockFels (DE)
24.06. Clisson – Hellfest (FR)
05. – 07.07. Ballenstedt – Rockharz Open Air (DE)
06.07. Lohja – Rantajamit (FI)
12. – 14.07. Balingen – Bang Your Head!!! (DE)
12. – 15.07. Vizovice – Masters of Rock (CZ)
14.07. Joensuu – Ilosaarirock (FI)
20.07. Laukaa – John Smith Rock Festival (FI)
27.07. Kuopio – RockCock (FI)
28.07. Oulu – Qstock (FI)
02. – 04.08. Wacken – Wacken Open Air (DE)
08. – 11.08. Villena – Leyendas del Rock (ES)
10.08. Kortrijk – Alcatraz Metal Festival (BE)

More live dates:

07.09. New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre (US)
08.09. Montréal, QC – Café Campus (CA)
09.09. Québec City, QC – Impérial de Québec (CA)
10.09. Toronto, ON – The Opera House (CA)
11.09. Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertainment Center (US)
12.09. Detroit, MI – Harpos Concert Theatre (US)
13.09. Joliet, IL – The Forge (US)
14.09. Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze (US)
15.09. Winnipeg, MB – The Park Theatre (CA)
17.09. Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room (CA)
18.09. CDN Calgary, AB – Dickens (CA)
19.09. Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (CA)
20.09. Seattle, WA – El Corazon (US)
22.09. Berkeley, CA – UC Theatre (US)
23.09. Anaheim, CA – City National Grove (US)
24.09. West Hollywood, CA – Whiskey a Go Go (US)
25.09. San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick (US)
26.09. Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre (US)
27.09. Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues (US)
28.09. Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe’s (US)
29.09. Denver, CO – Herman‘s Hideaway (US)
01.10. Dallas, TX – Trees (US)
02.10. San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box (US)
03.10. Houston, TX – Scout Bar (US)
05.10. Tampa, FL – The Orpheum (US)
06.10. Lake Park, FL – Kelsey Theater (US)
07.10. Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (US)
09.10. Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards (US)
10.10. Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall (US)
11.10. Baltimore, MD – Soundstage (US)
12.10. Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre (US)
14.10. Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall (US)

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Susperia (Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon, Etc.) Debut New Music Video For “My Darkest Moment”

Norway’s blackened thrash/heavy metal band Susperia (feat. former Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon and Old Man’s Child members) premiere their new music video for the track “My Darkest Moment”. The video was filmed by Costin Chioreanu (Twilight 13 Media) and Gina Sandulescu. The song comes from the band’s upcoming album “The Lyricist”, set to be released on March 16th via Agonia Records. Watch the video below:

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Susperia (Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon, Etc.) Debut New Music Video For “The Lyricist”

Norway’s blackened thrash/heavy metal band Susperia (feat. former Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon and Old Man’s Child members) premiere music video for the title track from their upcoming album “The Lyricist”, due out on March 16th via Agonia Records. The video is available below:

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Susperia (Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon Etc.) Premiere Lyric Video For New Song “I Entered”

Norwegian blackened thrash/heavy metallers Susperia, comprising former members of Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon and Old Man’s Child, release the first single from their recently announced new studio album, “The Lyricist”. Titled “I Entered”, the single is available in a form of a lyric video designed by Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Paradise Lost, Arch Enemy) below:

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Cover Of The Call’s “Too Many Tears” Posted By Celldweller

Electronic-rock artist/producer Celldweller has released a cover version of The Call’s song “Too Many Tears,” as the second single from the upcoming album “Offworld.” Celldweller’s takes the emotionally gripping track and modernizes it as an alternative/shoegaze epic in homage of original songwriter, Michael Been, who passed away in 2010.

“Offworld” departs from Celldweller’s signature sound of aggressive guitars, blasting beats and ass-kicking intensity and delivers a journey of sentimental feels and emotionally gripping tracks, showcasing the intimate song-writing side of project mastermind, Klayton. The album is available for digital, CD, and vinyl pre-order now.”Offworld” releases on July 28th, 2017 via his independently owned/operated label FiXT.

Klayton commented: “I really loved “Into the Woods” by The Call. I thought Michael Been was a brilliant songwriter and Lyricist but their sound was generally a little more traditional than I liked. I wanted to take this lyrically powerful song and produce it in my style which fit perfectly within the vibe I wanted on this album.”

Check out the clip here:

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New Album “Atlas” Delayed By Fear Of Domination

Shock industrial metal band Fear of Domination is delaying the publishing of its fourth album “Atlas” by a couple of weeks (originally expected to drop on March 11th). The vocalist and the lyricist Saku Solin says that the band members did everything they could, but faced many things, that couldn’t be helped. The new date will be announced soon.

“Shit hit the fan. We could have pushed ‘Atlas’ out on 11[th of] March by force, but we have sacrificed so much for the album, that it would have been wrong against the album and the fans to just spit it out”, Solin says.

The main reason for the delay is that the band couldn’t reach understanding with the people responsible in the mixing and the mastering the album. The lead-guitarist and the main composer of the band Johannes Niemi says, that there is no big drama included. The artistic views just didn’t match.

”We told, that we want a heavier sound for the album, so that every instrument with their elements would stand out better than before. They took the sound to the direction they thought was the best, and it really didn’t fit to our band. It was far away from FoD”, Niemi says.

Eventually the band took the material back and chose new partners to handle the mixing and the mastering. The new mixer has been Tuomas Kokko from Electric Fox Studios, who has mixed, for example, Swallow the Sun. The mastering has been done by Svante Forsbäck, who has worked for example with Rammstein.

“We were more or less amazed, when we heard the result. Now we nailed it. This fucking rocks!,” Niemi says.

”Of course we are sorry for the delay, but we hope, that the crowd and the fans understand it. We have carried this burden for so long, that we want to carry it to the very end with style”, Solin says.

As for compensation Fear of Domination will release a new single from “Atlas” – “Adrenaline” – which will be unleashed on the original release date of March 11th.

“Adrenaline is a compilation from the theme, the atmosphere and style of the album. It is about the idea, when nothing is enough. You have to get reasons to live. For me, the enthusiasm of adrenaline burst and the wilderness is irreplaceable and great! That is what the live-shows are for us,” Solin says.

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New Album “Atlas” Announced By Fear Of Domination

Finnish shock industrial metal act Fear of Domination will give a totally new definition to “spring break” by unleashing its fourth studio album “Atlas” on March 11th. Vocalist and the lyricist Saku Solin describes Atlas as “the darkest and the heaviest album the band has ever done.”

Solin says that “Atlas” is “about the moment, when all the light in the world has faded, and a human being is left to wander with his crushing burden.

“The question is, is the burden self-created, imagined or concrete. We’ve all had a bit of an emotion-filled year. I think we have efficiently packed primitive rage, desperation and misery here. It wasn’t a conscious decision. This is how we felt, and fuck, we did what had to be done.”

The string instruments are crunching lower than before and composer and keyboardist Lasse Raelahti has created a harmony of chaos and beauty with his synthesizer. Fans were given the first taste of blood, when the band released the music video single El Toro in the autumn. Check it out in the player below.

The lyrics of “Atlas” um are also more straight and brutal than before. Vocal producer Helena Haaparanta whipped everything out of Solin. He reveals that the rasp and growl vocals can change quickly to “freakishly annoyingly poppish” singing.

“We have always loved to create some contrast. Even though the lyrics are about the collapse of the mind and the world, suddenly there can be an opera-kind-of part or then it could be from E-Types disco song.”

The drum and the bass recordings were captured at D-studio, the guitars in the apartment of the lead guitarist and composer Johannes Niemi and the vocals in another studio in city of Kerava. Producers Alex Azzali and Nicholas Barker mixed and mastered the album in Italy. The cover art (shown below) is created by Timo Kokko.

Fear of Domination is ready for the “live-shows of the spring” and is more insane than ever. The band is famous for their theatrical and half-crazy shows filled with energy. 2016 started with sold out MeriRock in January and will continue with three day tour of MetalOrgy.

”We are looking forward to the gigs! We are able to use some new ideas and of course, to play the new songs. There are a couple of new ones, that I am sure will rock the hell out of the crowd”, Solin smiles.

Check out “El Toro” here:

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