Amorphis Share New Album Title, Concept and Release Date


About freaking time. We are finally getting a release date for Amorphis’ next album. If you have not heard Amorphis, shame on you. They have been one of the best things in metal for years.

Finnish melodic death metal juggernauts Amorphis have announced the title of the band’s upcoming album. The band’s 11th album will be entitled Circle and is set to be released on April 19, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2011’s “The Beginning of Times” is being produced and mixed by Hypocrisy and Pain mastermind Peter Tägtgren.

The album’s concept/story that spreads throughout the lyrics of Pekka Kainulainen, who wrote the lyrics for the most recent Amorphis albums, was explained: “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 adds 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.”