Amorphis is a Finnish metal band started by Jan Rechberger, Tomi Koivusaari and Esa Holopainen in 1990. Initially, the band was a Death Metal act, but with time they have evolved into making music that is more classifiable as death doom metal and, more recently, progressive metal and Hard Rock, utilizing increasingly complex arrangements and a less brutal sound.AMORPHIS GENRES
Amorphis is well known for their use of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, as a source for their lyrics.
In 1989 Jan Rechberger and Esa Holopainen played in a speed metal band Violent Solution, which Tomi Koivusaari had left the previous year to form the death metal band Abhorrence. Violent Solution slowly withered away as the musicians became interested in other things and styles of music. At this point, Jan Rechberger and Esa Holopainen had the idea of putting together a death metal band. In early 1990, Tomi Koivusaari was asked to be the vocalist and Oppu Laine to be their bassist.
During that time the band asked Tomi to pick up the slot of rhythm guitarist as well as singing, which led to the band dumping all original compositions and starting again. With the band starting to move along, Tomi's other band (Abhorrence) split up and he found himself with much more time to put into Amorphis. The band went into gear and started churning out new brutal music.
Shortly after the band had recorded their first studio demo tape, Tomi got a letter from Relapse Records offering Abhorrence a recording contract. Since Abhorrence was no longer active, they quickly sent their own demo in the return mail and eventually got signed to a recording deal. The deal would later almost destroy the band, due a very long commitment and poor artist relations. They quickly released a death metal classic Karelian Isthmus and would later release the original demo as the Privilege Of Evil EP. The EP featured Abhorrence's original vocalist, Jukka Kolehmainen, as a vocalist on the Abhorrence cover song Vulgar Necrolatry.
The band quickly adopted new ways of making music and started incorporating different styles in with the original death metal aspect, creating a very unique and complex soundscape. Their musical growth has not stopped and the band consistently strives to excel in the creativity and unique soundscapes which has always been the band's backbone.
The latest release, Eclipse, is the result of this uncompromising attitude and while the band sheds their musical skin, the fans can rest assured that the direction of the music is still in the same distant horizon as it was when they went in to studio to records Tales from the Thousand Lakes.
Progressive/Death/Doom Metal, Modern Rock/Melodic Metal (later)
AMORPHIS LYRICAL THEMES
War (early), Death, Finnish Legends, Corruption
Finland (Helsinki), formed in 1990
AMORPHIS CURRENT RECORD LABEL
Nuclear Blast Records
AMORPHIS CURRENT LINE-UP
Tomi Joutsen - Clean and Death Vocals (Feelings, Funeral Jacket, ex-Käsi, Sinisthra, ex-The Candles Burning Blue) (2005-)
Tomi Koivusaari - Rhythm Guitar (1990-), Death Vocals (1990-1995) (ex-Abhorrence (Fin), ex-Ajattara, Verenpisara, ex-Violent Solution)
Esa Holopainen - Lead Guitar (ex-Chaosbreed, ex-Violent Solution) (1990-)
Niclas Etelävuori - Bass (ex-Kyyria, ex-Moonspell, To Separate the Flesh from the Bones, Verenpisara) (2000-)
Santeri Kallio - Keyboards (ex-Kyyria, Verenpisara) (1999-)
Jan Rechberger - Drums (1990-1995, 2003-), Keyboards (1991-1993) (ex-Violent Solution, ex-Ajattara)
AMORPHIS PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Pasi Koskinen - Clean & Death Vocals (Ajattara, Mannhai, Shape of Despair, ex-St. Mucus, To Separate the Flesh from the Bones) (1995-2004)
Pekka Kasari - Drums (Road Crew, ex-Stone, Pahuuden Prototyyppi, ex-Ajattara) (1996-2003)
Olli-Pekka "Oppu" Laine - Bass (Chaosbreed, Mannhai, Nuxvomica) (1990-2000)
Kim Rantala - Keyboard (1996-1998)
Ville Tuomi - Clean Vocals (ex-Kyyria, Suburban Tribe, United Underworld) (1994)
Kasper Mårtenson - Keyboard (ex-Mannhai, ex-Sea Reach, ex-Sininen Hevonen) (1994-1995)