Amorphis
Privilege of Evil


2.0
poor

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
July 15th, 2007 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The start of Amorphis' long and varied career. Unfortunately, it wasn't a good start and doesn't nearly reflect the quality and thought of most of Amorphis' later work.

For those that are unaware of Amorphis and their past I’ll start with a short history. Amorphis started out as an average death metal band that cycled between fast sections and slower doom sections. By their third release, Tales From the Thousand Lakes, they had shed the speedy death metal parts that were occasionally used before, and stuck with the slow doom metal that made up the other part of their albums. By their fifth album, Tuonela, they had shed all the death metal and doom influences and were playing rock music with some 70’s prog influence. As of 2007 they have gone back to their roots a little bit, playing more metal-oriented songs and they also brought back the occasional death metal growl.

Moving on to the album at hand, Privilege of Evil was the first release by Amorphis and took the form of a six song EP. One of the main problems with this album is the production. The guitar sound is thin and far too trebly. Due to this fact it makes it hard to listen to it at high volumes or with headphones. Another problem is that the bass guitar is almost non-existent and even when it does become audible it’s just about as trebly as the guitars. Those two things combined leads to an album with almost no bottom end at all, making it sound far too thin. The main source of any kind of lower end on the album comes from the bass drums which have a deep sound but still kind of hit with a dull thud. The same thing could be said about the drum sound in general - they just have a dull, hollow sound to them.

The music itself is your average death/doom offering with very little in the way of surprises or originality. The guitars cycle between fast, black metalish riffs and slow doom riffs, never really changing in tone or coming across in any kind of memorable fashion. Which leads to another issue with this EP; all of the songs just seem to blend together without much to differentiate themselves. It almost feels like the same slow riff, moving into the same fast riff, moving back to the same slow riff for six songs. The only minor flourish added to the songs is the very occasional use of a keyboard sound or two, which does help a little, if only because it slightly breaks up the monotonous music. The vocals are the typical deep growl associated with this genre of music and are another source of monotony as they maintain the same pitch and volume throughout. I do know that it’s possible for death metal vocalists to add pitch and inflection to their vocals, this vocalist does it on their next three albums just fine; it’s only this album that he hasn’t quite grasped that concept yet.

This EP is definitely not one that I would recommend to anyone that is looking for a good death/doom album. The music is average at best, and is made worse by way of the horribly thin production. Also, three of the six songs can be found on their first full length, The Karelian Isthmus, with a better sound, better vocals, and also slightly re-worked. The only reason anyone might want to get this album is if you’re like me and just want to complete your collection or if you’re curious about how they started out. Otherwise, I’d recommend Tales From the Thousand Lakes or even Elegy as a good place to start checking out Amorphis' doom/death side.



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BallsToTheWall
July 15th 2007


44351 Comments


never expected to see a 2 on an amorphis review

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Willie
Moderator
July 15th 2007


15972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If it wasn't for the production I could have been ok with a 2.5 or 3, but I could never say it was anything more then average. It hurts to do because of how good they usually are... they just had a false start but made up for it beginning with their first full length.

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rattlehead42147
December 6th 2008


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i thought my reviewing days were over but giving this a 2 is just unacceptable. :upset:

Willie
Moderator
December 6th 2008


15972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, I'm glad I could motivate you to write again ;)
this was one of my first reviews. I forgot that I even wrote this, but I still stand by it.

rattlehead42147
December 6th 2008


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i'm pretty lazy these days

i'll agree the production is thin but it kind of gives the music a sinister vibe imo. i'm gonna guess you don't like the karelian isthmus too much either?

Willie
Moderator
December 6th 2008


15972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I do like that album a lot more. It has a better sound, the vocals improved, and there's more variation.

Edit: so when should we expect the review???

fireaboveicebelow
December 6th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

these songs are much better live, lets put it that way

Willie
Moderator
December 6th 2008


15972 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I could see that for a few reasons. One, the better sound and two, they probably don't play them all back-to-back so they don't get monotonous.


fireaboveicebelow
December 6th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha, well they did signs from the north side, and it was one of the best songs of the night

rattlehead42147
December 8th 2008


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I do like that album a lot more. It has a better sound, the vocals improved, and there's more variation.

Edit: so when should we expect the review???

and the production isn't as treble heavy thank god.

there's really no telling if i'll actually muster the energy to do it. but i have to lower my rating back to a 4.5. i'm questioning this having classic status but superb is more fitting. last two songs are easily 5/5 though especially excursing from existence.This Message Edited On 12.08.08

Tzidkiyahu
January 17th 2009


26 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I didn't find the production on this album to be too bad, and overall it's a decent album, but it is a bit monotonous for my taste.

fireaboveicebelow
January 17th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

simplicity isn't always a bad thing

Set
December 12th 2009


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You guys really don't listen to much death metal, huh? Privilege of Evil is classic Finnish old-school.

TheFreezingMoon
October 30th 2011


28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm sorry, but this is fucking awesome. (The album that is.)

Hyperbore
October 30th 2011


856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"they just had a false start"
lol this is a recognized classic of the genre learn2dm

Cyanade1
October 8th 2012


20 Comments


lmao at all the falses

this album is nowhere near a 2.5. idiots.

corony666
February 14th 2013


2 Comments


3.5 at the LEAST

great album

Flugmorph
September 15th 2014


459 Comments


funny how this is labeled pop/rock on itunes



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