Amorphis - Halo (2022)


Just when you think that Amorphis music can not get any better, the band comes out with their killer latest release “Halo”. Dropping over 55 minutes of stellar music, the band continues to deliver polished, highly melodic, and extremely intoxicating Melodic Metal songs. Full of the epic vibe that the band’s releases carry, this album takes things further with even more bombastic arrangements and soaring vocal melodies.

Quickly warming up, “Northwards” delivers epic arrangements on top of the band’s traditional bombastic sound. Thanks to killer guitars provided by Esa Holopainen (leads) and Tomi Koivusaari (melodic), the band’s signature sound stays intact, with a few additions of more folky elements courtesy of Santeri Kallio’s synths on pieces like “On the Dark Waters”, “A New Land”, “War”, and “When the Gods Came”.

For how melodic and engaging the band’s music is, sometimes as listeners we forget that there are growls used pretty consistently, perfectly achieving that balance where all elements blend magically and with no weird contrasts, as on “Seven Roads Come Together”. One of our favorite tracks in this release has to be the title track and its very moody tempo changes, clean female vocals, and superb additional orchestrations courtesy of Francesco Ferrini from Fleshgod Apocalypse.

Closing with the proggy ballad-esque, “My Name is Night”, the band also showcases how some tracks in this release are more simple and yet direct, fully connecting with the listener on a primal level. Overall, “Halo” is one of those extremely well crafted releases that is near perfect, thanks to the collaboration of a set of musicians at their best alongside an experienced producer such as Jens Bogren. There is no other simpler way of putting this: If you like Amorphis, you will love this release and its magic.

Band: Amorphis Album: Halo

Label: Atomic Fire Records

Release: February 11th, 2022

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Genre: Melodic Metal

Country: Finland

Rating: 98/100

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