The Karelian Isthmus

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The Karelian Isthmus
Amorphis - The Karelian Isthmus.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 November 1992
RecordedApril 1992 (The Karelian Isthmus)
May 1991 (Privilege of Evil)
StudioSunlight Studios (The Karelian Isthmus)
TTT Studio, Helsinki (Privilege of Evil)
GenreDeath metal, death-doom
ProducerAmorphis, Tomas Skogsberg
Amorphis chronology
Disment of Soul
The Karelian Isthmus
Privilege of Evil
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

The Karelian Isthmus is the title of the third release\first full-length studio LP album of Finnish metal band Amorphis, released in 1992.

Although The Karelian Isthmus took its name from a historic Finnish battleground, Karelian Isthmus, its lyrics focus on Amorphis's well known epic themes from the history of Finnish warfare and religion, but drawing more from Celtic mythology rather than the later traditions of Amorphis's own native land. The epic side is sometimes broken up by the occult lyrical themes in tracks including "Pilgrimage", "Misery Path" and "Black Embrace". In recent years, songs from this album have been receiving more play during Amorphis' live performances, despite being of a different style than their later works.

This release was the last recorded release to have the original lineup of the band as later on the band would have either additional members or original members quitting. Privilege of Evil was the last release with the original lineup, but it was recorded before this album. Both releases were combined in a 2003 reissue.

Track listing[edit]

1."Karelia"InstrumentalT. Koivusaari, E. Holopainen0:43
2."The Gathering"E. HolopainenT. Koivusaari4:12
3."Grail's Mysteries"E. HolopainenE. Holopainen3:02
4."Warriors Trial"E. HolopainenT. Koivusaari, E. Holopainen5:04
5."Black Embrace"J. RechbergerT. Koivusaari, E. Holopainen3:38
6."The Exile of the Sons of Uisliu"E. HolopainenE. Holopainen3:43
7."The Lost Name of God"J. RechbergerE. Holopainen, T. Koivusaari, J. Rechberger5:32
8."The Pilgrimage"E. HolopainenT. Koivusaari4:39
9."Misery Path"E. HolopainenE. Holopainen, T. Koivusaari, J. Rechberger4:17
10."The Sign from the North Side"E. HolopainenE. Holopainen, T. Koivusaari, O.P. Laine4:54
Total length:44:34



  1. ^ "Allmusic review". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2011-06-16.