Heavy Metal Rockers Amorphis Inspired by Finnish Mythology

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Heavy Metal Rockers Amorphis Inspired by Finnish Mythology


Aberback, Brian, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


If you've heard an Amorphis song, chances are you've also experienced a slice of Finnish culture. The majority of the veteran melodic heavy metal band's lyrics are based on the Kalevala, a 19th-century collection of epic Finnish poetry, folklore and mythology that is considered one of the most important works in the Scandinavian country's literary canon.

"It was required reading in school and, as a young dude, it was boring," guitarist and band co-founder Tomi Koivusaari said from Helsinki. "Later it popped back to our mind when we were listening to a lot of different countries' folk music and we were thinking that those stories would fit perfectly to our music, and that nobody had done that before. It felt unique and original.

"We got really excited about the concept of the Kalevala," Koivusaari said of the band, which performs Saturday in Sayreville. "They are really interesting stories. Even Tolkien was inspired by them when he wrote 'The Lord of the Rings.' "

The Kalevala's poems weave tales of creation, Scandinavian gods, epic battles, betrayal and magical talismans, among other subjects. The band's lyrics are translated into and sung in English.

Their debut album, "The Karelian Isthmus" (1992), is named after a historic Finnish battleground. Amorphis' 1994 follow-up, "Tales From the Thousand Lakes," was a concept album that followed Kalevala tales in melodic-metal standouts like "Black Winter Day," "To Father's Cabin" and "Magic and Mayhem."

On the band's third album, "Elegy" (1996), Amorphis focused on the Kanteletar, another collection of ancient Finnish ballads and poems. Koivusaari said his favorite song on the album is "My Kantele." "It tells a lot about Finnish mentality, that music is made from griefs and sorrow more than from joy," he said.

Amorphis has a total of 12 albums to their name. The band's latest disc, "Under the Red Cloud," was released in 2015 -- the lyrics take their overall themes from the Kalevala. …

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