The Beginning of Times

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The Beginning of Times
The Beginning of Times (Amorphis) album cover.jpg
Studio album by Amorphis
Released 25 May 2011 (2011-05-25) (FI)
27 May 2011 (2011-05-27) (EU)[1]
June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07) (US)[2]
Recorded January 2011[3]
Studio Sonic Pump Studios, Helsinki, Marco's CockPit, Kuopio
Genre Progressive metal[4] folk metal, melodic death metal
Length 54:42[5]
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Marco Hietala (vocals), Amorphis
Amorphis chronology
Magic & Mayhem – Tales from the Early Years
(2010)Magic & Mayhem – Tales from the Early Years2010
The Beginning of Times
(2011)
Circle
(2013)Circle2013
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".[5]

Release[edit]

Singles[edit]

On 11 April 2011, Amorphis premiered the first single "You I Need" on their Facebook page.[6] It was released digitally in Finland on 20 April 2011,[7] and in other countries on 22 April 2011. Early the next month, the band released another new song, "My Enemy", again on Facebook.[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [9]
Jukebox:Metal 5/5 stars [10]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [11]
Metal-Temple.com 8/10 stars [12]
Rockfreaks.net 7.5/10 stars [13]
MetalUnderground.com 4/5 stars [14]
Sea of Tranquility 4.5/5 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.[11] 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[5].

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

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. ^ http://www.onemetal.com/2012/01/16/amorphis-the-beginning-of-times/
  5. ^ a b c "New Album "The Beginning Of Times" – Amorphis". Amorphis.net. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  6. ^ "Listen to "You I..." Facebook. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  7. ^ "You I Need Amorphis" (in Finnish). download.mtv3.fi, Bonnier Group. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  8. ^ "Listen to "My..." Facebook. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  9. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (2011-05-30). "The Beginning of Times – Amorphis : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Jukebox:Metal review". Jukeboxmetal.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  11. ^ a b Begrand, Adrien. "Amorphis: The Beginning of Times < PopMatters". Popmatters.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" (in Finnish). ifpi.fi, Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  17. ^ [1][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.