Playing at Tuska 2012 festival
|Genres||Progressive metal, melodic heavy metal and hard rock|
Amoral is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They play technical, progressive, melodic, hardrock oriented metal. The band's 4th album was an about-turn, replacing the dominance of quirky death metal with an exemplary display of riff-driven, heavy, yet melodic power groove and the occasional sing-along chorus, thus owing in equal measures to the likes of Skid Row and Pantera. Amoral has performed extensively in bars, clubs, festivals and other venues in Finland, Europe, Japan, China and USA.
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Amoral was formed in 2000 by Varon, Karlsson, and Ots; their first vocalist was Matti Pitkänen, who was quickly replaced by Niko Kalliojärvi. Former band members also include Ville Sorvali from Moonsorrow on bass. For some time before Sorvali joined Amoral, the band was without bass player, and Ots played bass on some of their demos. Amoral released two demos, Desolation and Other Flesh, with varying line-ups, and played some minor gigs before releasing their first full-length album.
Amoral signed with Rage of Achilles Records and released their first album, Wound Creations, in 2004. After the bankruptcy of Rage of Achilles Amoral was picked up by Spikefarm, a division of Spinefarm Records, a major Finnish rock and heavy metal record label with whom they re-released Wound Creations and added a bonus track ("Metamorphosis" from an early demo) to mark the new release version. The album has received predominantly positive reviews from metal magazines and webzines around Finland and Europe, and Amoral played numerous gigs following the release and thenceforth Their rise from the underground metal scene was further marked by a month-long European tour with renowned metal bands Finntroll and Naglfar, and their inclusion in Tuska Open Air Metal Festival 2005, Finland's most important heavy metal festival.
Soon after the 2005 European tour, Amoral returned to the studio to record their second album, Decrowning. The album was released in Finland and several other countries in October 2005 and in Japan and the United States in March 2006. A music video has been shot for the song "Lacrimal Gland." The band embarked on a second European tour in the spring of 2006. The 37-date tour was headlined by Dark Funeral and Naglfar, and supported by Amoral, Endstille, and Asmodeus. Amoral has since played a showcase gig in Japan and a mini-tour in Italy.
Amoral's third album was first announced on their website in early July 2006. The album was recorded in Studio Sound Supreme in Hämeenlinna in early 2007, and it was released in August 2007. A video was shot for the opening track and first and only single of the album, "Leave Your Dead Behind."
Show Your Colors
Amoral's fourth studio album was announced in November 2008 when the band announced Ari Koivunen as their new front man. The album was also the debut of bassist Pekka Johansson. On January 21, their first single Year of the Suckerpunch was put up the band's MySpace account. At the first single and also at the total album Amoral replaced the previous growling vocals with clean vocals and big choruses. "Year of the Suckerpunch" was on the Finnish national radio Ylex´s playlist with the highest hopes of receiving song of the year for 2009. The album, Show Your Colors, was released May 6, 2009. Show Your Colors has also been released in Great Britain, Germany, USA, Canada and Japan. The album was ranked by public voting as the fifth best domestic metal album at the Finnish Metal Awards 2009.
12 January 2010 the band announced that Amoral and Silver Ots had parted ways. Valtteri Hirvonen, who already played at the European tour 2009 replacing Silver, was announced to be the "permanent stand-in guitarist" for the time being.
2010 Amoral worked with it´s 5th album Beneath. Studio blog is online. At the end of 2010 Amoral announced it´s new guitarist Masi Hukari, who shared the lead guitar with Ben Varon as well as co-wrote two of the songs.
2011 the band recorded Beneath at Sound Supreme studios in Hämeenlinna and the CD was released 26 October. The Japan edition was out 19 October. The album was produced by Janne Saksa and guitarist Ben Varon. Beneath continued on the path Amoral started with ”Show Your Colors”. The emphasis is still on solid songwriting, big hooks, new arrangements and guitar riffs, but the scale is wider than before: From 9-minute epics ”Beneath” to straightforward rock songs ”Silhouette” and ”Same Difference”, to nods to the band's death metal past ”(Won't Go) Home” and ”Staying Human” and talks between acoustic guitars and industrial landscapes in ”Wastelands”. The first single "Same Difference" was released in the beginning of summer 2011. The second single "Silhouette" was played first time on Radio Rock (FI) in October 2011 and was followed by a video. Silhouette has both electric and acoustic versions, from which the acoustic one is the original. The second video was made from the punk rock oriented track ”Wrapped In Barbwire”, which pays obeisance to Guns N' Roses video "Garden of Eden". 14 February 2012 Beneath was released in the US via The End Records and in Mexico it was published 15 February. In Russia it was out 27 March 2012 via Fono Records. The album was ranked by public voting as the fourth best domestic metal album at the Finnish Metal Awards 2011.
2012 in March 15 Amoral made its US live debut at the South By Southwest (SXSW) event in Austin, Texas. The band debuted in China, at Mao Live House (Shanghai) in May and during the same tour they performed with other Finnish bands Insomnium, Profane Omen and Swallow The Sun at Finland Fest 2012 Metal Attack in Liquid Room, Tokyo. After Amoral still played on Owari Metal Fest in Nagaya. Amoral toured in Europe in autumn 2012 supporting the Finnish Viking metal band Ensiferum with the Finnish metal band Profane Omen.
2013 in March Amoral recorded their 6th album. The band told at their homepages that it will be released at the end of the year 2013. The band toured in Asia in April–May and played at Pulp Summer Slam festival in The Philippines and at Peking and Shanghai Midi Festivals in China. The festival in Peking was the biggest one in the band´s history with an audience of 10 000 people.
- Ben Varon - guitar, song writing
- Ari Koivunen - vocals
- Masi Hukari - guitar
- Juhana Karlsson - drums
- Pekka Johansson - bass
- Silver Ots - guitar, bass
- Niko Kalliojärvi - vocals
- Erkki Silvennoinen - bass
- Matti Pitkänen - vocals
- Ville Sorvali - bass
- Studio albums
- Wound Creations (2004), Spikefarm
- Decrowning (2005), Spikefarm
- Reptile Ride (2007), Spikefarm
- Show Your Colors (2009), Spinefarm
- Beneath (2011), The End Records
- Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows (2014)
- Leave Your Dead Behind (2007)
- Year of the Suckerpunch (2009)
- Gave Up Easy (2009)
- Same Difference (2011)
- Silhouette (2011)
- If Not Here, Where? (2013)
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- Amoral's official website
- Amoral's official Forum
- Blabbermouth News of Amoral 2004 >
[Ari Koivunen Interview on Stagereport.ro (May 27, 2013)]
- Interview 2007
- Interview with Ari Koivunen and Ben Varon of Amoral by FREE! Magazine 2009
- Interview with Amoral (audio) 2012
- Interview with Masi Hukari and Ben Varon guitarists for Amoral (video) May 1, 2013
- Amoral Press Conference in Manila, Philippines (video) May 1, 2013
- "Amoralweb.com/band". Retrieved 2009-08-22.
- "Juhana Karlsson and Ari Koivunen on video Interview Part 1./3.". Retrieved 2009-08-22.
- "Juhana Karlsson and Ari Koivunen on video Interview Part 2./3.". Retrieved 2009-08-22.
- "Amoral and Silver Ots part ways".
- AMORAL Completes Work On 'Beneath'
- "FINNISH METAL AWARDS: Winners Announced - Feb. 18, 2012". Retrieved 2012-02.19.
- "European tour 2012". Retrieved 2012-06.12.
- 6th album and touring in Asia 2013, Amoral´s homepage16.12.2012
- "Masi Hukari and Ben Varon Interview". Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
- "Amoral Press Conference in Manila, Philippines". Guitarhoo!. Guitarhoo.com. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2013.