Circle (Amorphis album)

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Circle
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Studio album by Amorphis
Released 17 April 2013 (JP)[1]
19 April 2013 (EU)[2]
22 April 2013 (UK)[2]
30 April 2013 (US)[2]
Recorded 10 September 2012[3]-?
Studio Petrax Studio, Hollola, Finland
5K Studios, Helsinki, Finland
Genre Progressive metal, folk metal, melodic death metal
Length 46:22
71:21 (with bonus tracks)
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Peter Tägtgren
Amorphis chronology
The Beginning of Times
(2011)
Circle
(2013)
Under the Red Cloud
(2015)
Singles from Circle
  1. "Hopeless Days"
    Released: 1 March 2013
  2. "The Wanderer"
    Released: 12 April 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Decibel Magazine 8/10 stars[4]
Outburn (9/10)[5]

Circle is the eleventh studio album by Finnish heavy metal band Amorphis, released on 17 April 2013, through Victor Entertainment and on 19 April 2013, through Nuclear Blast. Recorded at Petrax Studio in Hollola and at 5K Studios in Helsinki, it is the first Amorphis album since Far from the Sun (2003) not to be produced by Marco Hietala, or to be based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala. Instead, Circle was produced by Peter Tägtgren and focuses on an original story penned by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen.

Writing and recording[edit]

In August 2012, Amorphis announced that they were going to start recording a new album the following month.[6] Circle was recorded at Petrax Studio in Hollola, Finland, and at 5K Studios in Helsinki, Finland.[7] Peter Tägtgren, who had previously worked with Children of Bodom, Celtic Frost and Dimmu Borgir, among others, produced and mixed the album.[7] As Tomi Koivusaari observed, the band was initially surprised by the up-front position that Tägtgren gave to the guitars relative to the keyboards.[8] Bassist Niclas Etelävuori used a five string bass on Circle, which was tuned a whole step down.[9] Regarding the writing and recording process, guitarist Esa Holopainen stated:

Koivusaari further explained that the band needed to make a change to the recording process to maintain its inspiration. The band chose a "peaceful place" in the countryside to record, which, Koivusaari felt, led to the distinctive atmosphere.[8]

Lyrical concept[edit]

Lyrics were once again written by Pekka Kainulainen,[7] who has worked with Amorphis since 2007's Silent Waters. Up to this point all of Kainulainen's lyrics had been based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala, but on Circle they focus on an original concept.[7] Kainulainen later gave a short summary of the album's concept:

Release and promotion[edit]

When Amorphis announced that they would begin recording their eleventh studio album in September 2012, they also announced that it would be released in spring the following year.[6] On 10 September the band released a studio update, via YouTube.[10] The second and third studio updates were released on 17 and 25 September respectively.[11][12] The fourth and final studio update was released on 7 March 2013.[2] During a Finnish tour in late 2012, Amorphis performed the song "Shades of Gray", which was tentatively titled "Mehtä".[7][13]

On 16 January 2013 Amorphis revealed the second release date of the album to be 19 April 2013.[7] On 24 January 2013 the band revealed the track listing and cover art for Circle.[14] Besides being available on CD, the album will also be released as a CD/DVD digibook (which includes a "Making of Circle" documentary and a music video for "Nightbird's Song"), a gatefold LP, and as a limited edition box set, containing three bonus track and a wristband.[14] On 14 February Amorphis announced that they would be performing Circle in its entirety at a special record-release show, on 25 April at the Circus in Helsinki.[15] On 1 March Amorphis released the first single from Circle, entitled "Hopeless Days".[16] The lyric video for the song was released the same day.[17] The tracks "Shades of Gray" and "Enchanted by the Moon" were released online on 29 March and 5 April respectively.[18][19] On 12 April "The Wanderer" was released as the second single from the album.[20] On 19 April 2013 Amorphis released the official music video for "Hopeless Days".[21] Circle was released in Europe on 19 April 2013 and reached number one in Finland.[22]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Pekka Kainulainen[13].

No. Title Music Length
1. "Shades of Gray" Esa Holopainen 5:27
2. "Mission" Esa Holopainen 4:33
3. "The Wanderer" Santeri Kallio 4:43
4. "Narrow Path" Santeri Kallio 4:23
5. "Hopeless Days" Esa Holopainen 5:08
6. "Nightbird's Song" Tomi Koivusaari 5:00
7. "Into the Abyss" Santeri Kallio 5:36
8. "Enchanted by the Moon" Esa Holopainen 5:32
9. "A New Day" Esa Holopainen 6:00
Bonus tracks[23]
No. Title Music Length
10. "Dead Man's Dream" Santeri Kallio 4:03
11. "My Future" Santeri Kallio 7:11
12. "Illusion" Santeri Kallio 4:18
13. "New Song" Esa Holopainen 4:54
14. "His Story" Esa Holopainen 4:33

Limited Edition Bonus DVD[edit]

  • The Making of "Circle" - 1:00:31
  • Nightbird's Song (Video) - 5:10
  • Photo Gallery - 2:42

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Finnish Albums Chart[22] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[24] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Amorphis/Circle/489832
  2. ^ a b c d "Amorphis - Circle Studio Report #4". YouTube. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  3. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/amorphis-first-studio-webisode-available/
  4. ^ Dick, Chris (May 2013). "Amorphis, Circle". Decibel Magazine (103): 80, 82. 
  5. ^ Treppel, Jeff (2013). "Amorphis: Circle (Nuclear Blast)". Outburn. Octavia Laird and Rodney Kusano. June/July 2013 (69): 60. ISSN 1542-1309. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Amorphis - Finnish Tour in December, New Album in Spring 2013". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Amorphis - Album Title, Concept and Release Date Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  8. ^ a b Dick, Chris. "Tomi Koivusaari (Amorphis) interviewed". Decibel Magazine. Retrieved 2013-04-23. 
  9. ^ Moody, Jon (2013-04-09). "Niclas Etelävuori Interview". Seymour Duncan. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  10. ^ "Amorphis - Circle Studio Report #1". YouTube. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  11. ^ "Amorphis - Circle Studio Report #2". YouTube. 2012-09-17. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  12. ^ "Amorphis - Circle Studio Report #3". YouTube. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  13. ^ a b "Amorphis - Circle Samples and Track by Track Commentary". YouTube. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  14. ^ a b "Amorphis - Circle Cover Artwork and Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  15. ^ "Amorphis - Circle Release Show Announced". Blabbermouth.net. 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  16. ^ "Amorphis - 'Hopeless Days'". amorphis.net. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  17. ^ "Amorphis - 'Hopeless Days' Lyric Video". YouTube. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  18. ^ "Amorphis - 'Shades of Gray' Lyric Video". YouTube. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  19. ^ "Amorphis - 'Enchanted by the Moon' Lyric Video". YouTube. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  20. ^ "Amorphis - 'The Wanderer'". iTunes. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  21. ^ "Amorphis 'Hopeless Days' New Video". Metalcallout.com. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  22. ^ a b "Amorphis: Circle" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  23. ^ "Amorphis - Circle: Additional Notes". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  24. ^ "Top 40 album-, DVD- és válogatáslemez-lista – 2013. 17. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 

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