The Beginning of Times

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The Beginning of Times
The Beginning of Times (Amorphis) album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 May 2011 (2011-05-25) (FI)
27 May 2011 (2011-05-27) (EU)[1]
June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07) (US)[2]
RecordedJanuary 2011[3]
StudioSonic Pump Studios, Helsinki, Marco's CockPit, Kuopio
GenreProgressive metal,[4] melodic death metal, hard rock[5]
Length54:42[6]
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerMarco Hietala (vocals), Amorphis
Amorphis chronology
Magic & Mayhem – Tales from the Early Years
(2010)
The Beginning of Times
(2011)
Circle
(2013)
Singles from The Beginning of Times
  1. "You I Need"
    Released: 20 April 2011

The Beginning of Times is the tenth studio album by Finnish metal band Amorphis, released on 25 May 2011 in Finland, 27 May in Europe and June 7 in the United States. Like previous Amorphis albums, The Beginning of Times is a concept album. The central character of the songs is Väinämöinen, described by the band as "the iconic hero of Finnish mythology".[6]

Release[edit]

Singles[edit]

On 11 April 2011, Amorphis premiered the first single "You I Need" on their Facebook page.[7] It was released digitally in Finland on 20 April 2011,[8] and in other countries on 22 April 2011. Early the next month, the band released another new song, "My Enemy", again on Facebook.[9]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [10]
Jukebox:Metal5/5 stars [11]
PopMatters7/10 stars [5]
Metal-Temple.com8/10 stars [12]
Rockfreaks.net7.5/10 stars [13]
MetalUnderground.com4/5 stars [14]
Sea of Tranquility4.5/5 stars [15]

The Beginning of Times had a strong sales debut week, charting at No. 1 on the Finnish Albums Chart and No. 16 on the German Media Control Charts.[16][17]

In a professional review for PopMatters, Adrien Begrand praised the album, going so far as to say that Amorphis have never sounded better with their current line-up and describes the album as "a slick, classy blend of death metal and melodic hard rock".[5] Amateur reviews have also been positive, with Craig Hartranft of DangerDog proclaiming "The Beginning of Times finds Amorphis in grand form, doing what they do best".[18]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Pekka Kainulainen[6].

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Battle for Light"Santeri Kallio5:35
2."Mermaid"Kallio4:24
3."My Enemy"Tomi Koivusaari3:25
4."You I Need"Kallio4:22
5."Song of the Sage"Kallio5:27
6."Three Words"Esa Holopainen3:55
7."Reformation"Holopainen4:33
8."Soothsayer"Koivusaari4:09
9."On a Stranded Shore"Kallio4:13
10."Escape"Kallio3:52
11."Crack in a Stone"Holopainen4:56
12."Beginning of Time"Holopainen5:51
13."Heart's Song" (Bonus track)Holopainen4:07

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Finnish Albums Chart[16] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMORPHIS | The beginning of times – Nuclear Blast". Nuclearblast.de. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  2. ^ "AMORPHIS – Discography". Nuclear Blast USA. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  3. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net – Amorphis: New Album Update". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Begrand, Adrien. "Amorphis: The Beginning of Times < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  6. ^ a b c "New Album "The Beginning Of Times" – Amorphis". Amorphis.net. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  7. ^ "Listen to "You I..." Facebook. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  8. ^ "You I Need Amorphis". Download.mtv3.fi, Bonnier Group (in Finnish). Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  9. ^ "Listen to "My..." Facebook. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  10. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (2011-05-30). "The Beginning of Times – Amorphis : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  11. ^ "Jukebox:Metal review". Jukeboxmetal.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  12. ^ "Metal Temple Review". Metal-temple.com. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  13. ^ "review". Rockfreaks.net. 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  14. ^ "Metal Underground Review". Metalunderground.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  15. ^ "Sea of Tranquility Review". Seaoftranquility.org. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2012-09-30.
  16. ^ a b "Amorphis: The Beginning Of Times". Ifpi.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  17. ^ [2][dead link]
  18. ^ "Review : Amorphis – The Beginning of Times :: New Music Review :: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock :: CD Album Music Review : Craig Hartranft". Dangerdog.com. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2012-01-15.