Released on: 2007-08-31
"Following the thunder of "Eclipse", "Silent Waters" shows up as an emotional, virtuous masterpiece." METAL HAMMER (D)
Robert Müller: "Darker, more varied and more mature, but still wonderfully and unmistakably AMORPHIS." POWERPLAY (GB) / Matt Spall
After the great comeback success with new singer Tomi Joutsen and magnificient album "Eclipse" in 2006, AMORPHIS once more dig deep in the Finnish national epic Kalevala, creating another dark and beautiful masterpiece: "Silent Waters".
"We have put a lot of energy and emotion into this album", says guitarist and band founder Esa Holopainen, "and hopefully it will reflect to all you next August". Shining with exquisite vocals between clean melancholy and powerful growls – once more worked up with the help of Marko Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT) – plus gorgeous folkloristic melodies embedded in straight Rock outfits, "Silent Waters" pleases with songs like the fleet-footed 'Towards And Against', the touching single 'Silent Waters' and the stirring 'Her Alone'.
A strong and pithy, yet sensitive album, emphasizing AMORPHIS' status as one of the most outstanding Rock acts nowadays. Founded in Helsinki back in 1990, AMORPHIS constantly worked their way up, developing from a harsh Death Metal band into a serious Rock group.
The big break-through came in 1994 with their last really extreme album "Tales From The Thousand Lakes“, scoring a big coup in the worldwide Metal scene. After intensive touring (including the Nuclear Blast festivals), AMORPHIS decided to discover new musical grounds and hired Pasi Koskinen, who additionally worked with clean vocals, as new singer, leaving guitarist and former singer Tomi Koivusaari the chance to focus more on his six string work.
In 1996, AMORPHIS released "Elegy", a Progressive / Folk Metal masterpiece which even managed to climb to # 67 in the German album charts. Three years later, "Tuonela" showed up, combining Modern Rock music with Finnish character and psychedelic 70s influences. A highly successful mix that even topped the triumph of "Elegy", achieving a brilliant # 46 in the German charts again. Following tours, among them a headliner trip with labelmates THE KOVENANT through the USA, left thrilled visitors and even more fans. "Am Universum" was added to the discography in 2001, opening up a new chapter in AMORPHIS' sound with featured electronic soundscapes and saxophone parts.
Follow-up "Far From The Sun" eventually fascinated with a PINK FLOYD-esque touch and relaxed atmosphere, but also some more harder Metal elements back from the old days. Many fans hailed the album as the best since the legendary "Elegy". It was in 2004 when singer Pasi Koskinen decided to leave AMORPHIS due to personal reasons, leaving the band with the hard task to find a new frontman.
Tomi Joutsen from the Finnish act SINISTHRA turned out to be the perfectly right choice: Thanks to him and the again integrated mix of growls and soft vocals, AMORPHIS' music got spiced up immensely, leading the band into a second spring. New album "Eclipse" gained brilliant reviews worldwide and, along with single "House Of Sleep", even topped the Finnish charts for the first time in the band's career!
|Track list||Total runtime|
|1||- Her Alone||4:57|
|2||- Weaving The Incantation||3:55|
|3||- A Servant||4:50|
|4||- Silent Waters||4:59|
|5||- Towards And Against||5:05|
|6||- I Of Crimson Blood||6:01|
|9||- The White Swan||4:49|
|10||- Black River||3:45|