Tales from the Thousand Lakes

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Tales from the Thousand Lakes
Studio album by Amorphis
Released July 12, 1994
Recorded September 1993
Genre Death/doom, melodic death metal, folk metal
Length 39:53
Label Relapse
Producer Tomas Skogsberg and Amorphis
Amorphis chronology
Privilege of Evil
(1993)
Tales from the Thousand Lakes
(1994)
Black Winter Day
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Tales from the Thousand Lakes is the second full-length album by metal band Amorphis. A concept album, the lyrics are based on the Finnish national epic, Kalevala. It was their first departure from the more aggressive death metal sound of their debut album to a more melodic death/doom metal sound, with more influence from early bands influential to doom metal like Black Sabbath and Pentagram. This album features a greater use of synthesizers and clean vocals than their previous release, which was devoid of both.

This was the first Amorphis album to feature Kasper Mårtenson on keyboards. The album was an influential release in the development of the melodic death metal and doom metal genres.

The original limited version (on digipack) had a cover of "Light My Fire" by The Doors added as a bonus track. It was later re-released in 2001 with most tracks from the Black Winter Day EP and the "Light My Fire" cover added as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Thousand Lakes"   (instrumental) Kasper Mårtenson 2:03
2. "Into Hiding"   traditional Esa Holopainen, Olli-Pekka Laine 3:42
3. "The Castaway"   traditional Tomi Koivusaari, Holopainen, Laine, Mårtenson 5:30
4. "First Doom"   Holopainen Holopainen 3:49
5. "Black Winter Day"   traditional Mårtenson 3:48
6. "Drowned Maid"   traditional Koivusaari, Holopainen, Laine 4:23
7. "In the Beginning"   traditional Holopainen, Laine 3:34
8. "Forgotten Sunrise"   Holopainen Holopainen 4:50
9. "To Fathers Cabin"   traditional Holopainen, Laine 3:47
10. "Magic and Mayhem"   traditional Holopainen 4:27
Total length:
39:53

Bonus tracks[edit]

Tracks 11–13 added from the Black Winter Day EP; track 14 is a bonus track:

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
11. "Folk of the North"   (instrumental) Koivusaari 1:17
12. "Moon and Sun"   traditional Koivusaari 3:36
13. "Moon and Sun Part II: North's Son"   traditional Koivusaari 5:10
14. "Light My Fire" (The Doors cover) The Doors The Doors 2:53

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Jason. Tales from the Thousand Lakes at AllMusic. Retrieved July 26, 2011.