"Skyforge," the ninth album by the Heavy Metal band Amorphis, was their first to appear on the U.S. Heatseeker chart landing at #33. Their next album, "The Beginning Of Times" rose to #25, while '13's "Circle" peaked at #11. All three albums went to #1 in their native Finland.
"Circle" won Metal Hammer's Album of The Year award. "For us, (the) award is a great recognition for the work done so far," stated lead guitarist Esa Holopainen.
Amorphis was founded by Jan Rechberger (drums), Tomi Koivusaari (vocals/rhythm guitar), and Holopainen in '90 as a Death Metal act. Over time they incorporated Progressive and Folk Metal. Koivusaari, either as a guitarist or vocalist, and Holopainen lasted the duration. Rechberger left in '95, replaced by Pekka Kasari, but he returned in '02.
In the early days, Koivusaari was in both Amorphis and Abhorrence. The latter group sent a demo to Relapse Records who were interested. However, Abhorrence disbanded shortly thereafter, so Amorphis submitted their own demo and got signed. They soon became known for their lyrics which were often adapted from Finnish mythology.
Prior to '96's "Elegy," the group's third set, Pasi Koskinen was brought in to share vocal duties with Koivusaari. Pasi provided only clean parts.
Less than a decade later, following extensive auditions, Tomi Joutsen signed on. His vocals were initially heard on the '06 release "Eclipse." It became the group's first gold album in Finland.
Nine years and four albums later, Amorphis issued "Under The Red Cloud," their 12th album.
The lyrics, written by Pekka Kainulainen, delved into natural phenomena, seasons and the human mind, where hope and uncertainty alternate.
1992 The Karelian Isthmus
1994 Tales From The Thousand Lakes
2001 Am Universum
2003 Far from The Sun
2007 Silent Waters
2011 The Beginning Of Times
2015 Under The Red Cloud