Elegy (Amorphis album)

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Studio album by Amorphis
Released May 14, 1996
Recorded Sunlight Studio, Stockholm, Sweden
MD Studio, Helsinki, Finland
Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland
Genre Heavy metal, melodic death metal, progressive metal
Length 56:35
Label Relapse
Producer Amorphis
Amorphis chronology
Tales from the Thousand Lakes
My Kantele
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Elegy is the third LP by the then-emerging Finnish band Amorphis. The album is their first to feature a majority of clean vocals, sung by new vocalist Pasi Koskinen. The music and lyrics are inspired by the traditional Finnish ballads and poems compiled in the Kanteletar by Elias Lönnrot in 1840. The primary genre of the album is progressive metal, with strong folk influence, as well as elements of melodic death metal and New Wave of British Heavy Metal.[citation needed] Many of the album's tracks, e.g. "Against Widows", have become fan favorites and have been performed in concerts since Elegy's release.

In 2004, Relapse Records reissued Elegy as a digipak, featuring four live bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Better Unborn"   Holopainen 5:52
2. "Against Widows"   Laine 4:06
3. "The Orphan"   Holopainen, Laine 5:17
4. "On Rich and Poor"   Holopainen, Rantala 5:19
5. "My Kantele"   Holopainen 5:02
6. "Cares"   Koivusaari, Holopainen, Laine 4:29
7. "Song of the Troubled One"   Holopainen, Laine 4:08
8. "Weeper on the Shore"   Laine, Rantala 4:52
9. "Elegy"   Rantala 7:21
10. "Relief"   Laine 4:09
11. "My Kantele - Acoustic Reprise"   Holopainen 5:55
Total length:

2004 Digipak release[edit]

All songs are live performances

No. Title Length
12. "Better Unborn"   6:00
13. "Against Widows"   4:05
14. "The Castaway"   4:54
15. "Black Winter Day"   3:39

Note: "Against Widows" and "The Castaway" were recorded live at Ilosaarirock on July 12, 1997.



  • Mixed at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, England. Engineer: Pete Coleman; assistant engineer: Dave Buchanan
  • Mastered by Dave Shirk at SAE Mastering
  • Produced by Amorphis and Hiili Hiilesmaa. Executive producers: William J. Yurkiewicz Jr. & Matthew F. Jacobson
  • Cover art: Kristian Wahlin


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned "Elegy Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 30, 2013.