MetalBite Review by Luka on 5/13/2001
The band that keeps evolving. Amorphis
, the "ever-changing", shed the skin of their stagnant death metal past and rise majestically to explore the lighter side of metal and even embrace some aspects of their traditional Finnish folk.
Well, the tie to death metal wasnít completely severed. They did hire the new clear vocalist, Pasi Koskinen, but the original growl of Tomi Koivusaari still dominates as much as half of the record. The music is completely different though, and definitely remains the main aspect of "Elegy"
, as the lyrics are usually short and all taken from the "Kanteletar" a collection of ancient Finnish poems and ballads, so you know thereíll be no singing about death and destruction from this metal band. Some of the mellow lyrics are so misplaced with the heavy music that itís sometimes downright funny. The E chords are pounding and the guy is growling his guts out and heís singing "A widow has had her games and spent a merry evening". Haha! I still somehow like it more than all the generic death metal bands singing about nothing but fucking corpses and death.
Okay, so hereís how almost each majestic song from "Elegy"
goes. Starts off with nice melody, does the normal verse-chorus-interlude business before getting to the point where it simply enchants you. At about 3 to 4 minutes into the song, Amorphis choose a really sweet melody and keep repeating it in different keys for minutes. The amazing thing is that it never even comes close to being boring, quite opposite, you find yourself totally captivated by that one simple melody and itís so catchy and sweet that you never want it to end, and it doesnít, for a while at least, and sometimes some vocals are added. The song ends in one last majestic repeat where all the instruments seem to come together in a godly conclusion. Youíre left starving for more. This is most apparent in "The Orphan", "Song of the Troubled One"
and "Weeper on the Shore"
. Although "Elegy"
still remains my favorite.
The solos are executed beautifully and each one fits its song perfectly. All the instruments blend, every musician shines through, these guys really know how to do their thing. "Elegy"
is an amazing record musically, but has some faults lyrically.
Absolutely amazing music, the melodies will be stuck in your head for days. And the funny lyrics might be too.
out of 10