Tuonela (album)

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Tuonela
Tuonela.jpg
Studio album by Amorphis
Released 29 March 1999
Recorded October–November 1998
Studio Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland
Genre Folk metal, progressive metal, progressive rock, doom metal
Length 46:48 (Standard Version)
Label Relapse Records (us)
Nuclear Blast (eu)
Producer Simon Efemey
Amorphis chronology
My Kantele
(1997)
Tuonela
(1999)
Story - 10th Anniversary
(2000)
Singles from Tuonela
  1. "Divinity / Northern Lights"
    Released: 6 February 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Tuonela is the fourth full-length album by Finnish band Amorphis.

The album is named from Tuonela, the realm of the dead in Finnish mythology. The album also shares inspiration with many of the band's productions in the text and themes of the Kalevala, or Finnish Epic.

The style is less progressive, like its predecessor, Elegy, but rather a stoner/doom metal record, with progressive metal/progressive rock elements, except few more progressive and rock-sounding songs including "Divinity" (which has a music video), "The Way", "Summer's End", "Tuonela" and "Northern Lights".

This album was the last release with original and long time bassist, Olli-Pekka Laine, who quit a year after this release in 2000, because of musical differences and to focus on his family.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Pasi Koskinen, except track ten by Antti Litmanen; all music composed by Amorphis[3].

No. Title Length
1. "The Way" 4:35
2. "Morning Star" 3:50
3. "Nightfall" 3:52
4. "Tuonela" 4:32
5. "Greed" 4:17
6. "Divinity" 4:56
7. "Shining" 4:24
8. "Withered" 5:44
9. "Rusty Moon" 4:56
10. "Summer's End" 5:37
Total length: 46:48
Japanese[4] and Australian Release[5] Bonus Track
No. Title Length
11. "Northern Lights" (Recorded during Tuonela session) 3:17
Mexican Release[6] Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Northern Lights" (Recorded during Tuonela session) 3:17
12. "The Brother-Slayer" (Originally from My Kantele EP) 3:37
13. "The Lost Sun (The Brother-Slayer Pt II)" (Originally from My Kantele EP) 4:36
German Limited Digipak[7] and Limited editions from Russia[8] and Ukraine[9] Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Weeper On The Shore (Live In Essen Germany 1997)" (Video) 4:46
12. "Against Widows (Ilosaarirock Festival Finland 1997)" (Video) 4:01

Personnel[edit]

Amorphis

Session musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r400707
  2. ^ http://vampster.com/artikel.php?id=1077
  3. ^ "Amorphis – Tuonela". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Amorphis – Tuonela". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Amorphis – Tuonela". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Amorphis – Tuonela". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Amorphis – Tuonela". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Amorphis – Tuonela". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  9. ^ "Amorphis – Tuonela". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-12-10.