Amorphis
Silent Waters


5.0
classic

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
September 23rd, 2007 | 743 replies | 42,070 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Amorphis once again showcase their amazing musical talent, this is as close to perfect as you can get.

We all have our favorites, we all know what kind of music makes us grin from ear to ear. For me, I love music which is dark and serene, melancholic and sorrowful, surreal and brooding. I want music which literally takes me away from it all, and like a narcotic, drags me into a world of bliss and serenity. I did not know what perfection was before I heard this, as a matter of fact I did not even believe that a band could create a "perfect" CD. Storm Of The Light's Bane wasn't perfect, Blood Fire Death wasn't perfect, Oceanic wasn't perfect, The Gallery wasn't perfect, even Blackwater Park wasn't perfect. So why here, why now, do I look at an album so overlooked as Amorphis' latest epic Silent Waters as as close to perfect as music can be? Plain and simple; it is dark and serene, melancholic and sorrowful, surreal and brooding, all the factors which I look to find in my so called "perfect" album.

The fact that I almost didn't even buy this shocks me. I was actually looking for Amorphis' previous album Eclipse, but since the store didn't have any in stock, I went with their latest album Silent Waters. I haven't heard anything Amorphis has made since way back on Tales From The Thousand Lakes, so I honestly didn't have a clue what this album was going to sound like. What I got was one of the biggest shocks of my life, an album so powerful and emotional I think it makes Opeth look silly in comparison. The masterful guitar leads and solos, the surreal and haunting clean vocals, the furious death metal growls, the epic song structures, the classical piano, the acoustic guitars, the pounding drums, it's nearly impossible to take it all in with one listen. However, as the album spun in my car CD player on the way home I could do nothing but smile with pure glee at the monumental genius of this album. The way everything fits together and weaves within itself, the way it sounds like Amorphis didn't even know or fathom how epic this album would turn out to be. Each song is a killer, most bands would only dream of making even one song like these in their entire career, let alone a whole album of them.

The cover art is a masterpiece in itself, a scene of a dark and calm lake surrounded by the cold night air, the brooding forest, and the freezing moon. A single bird floats calmly in the lake, seemingly unaware of the epic, somber scenery looming behind it. The band's logo is entwined in a flowery plant, with the simple text of "Silent Waters" written underneath it. If the impressive cover art doesn't get you to buy this, the music contained within it will knock you to the floor. We have here 11 tracks, or chapters if you will, of one massive story. Seriously, you could combine this album into one 46 minute song and it would flow beautifully, the transitioning between songs is barely noticeable.

The guitars are obviously the strongest point of this album. They play some of the best, most melodic riffs I've heard in years. Take one listen to the riff in the flawless second track "A Servant" and you will know you have just heard genius songwriting at work. The guitars are pretty much constantly melodic, even epic at times. The choruses are usually where this showcased, but the guitar solos featured throughout the album show you that Amorphis means serious business with their music. Also used very frequently is the acoustic guitars. They open songs on more than one occasion, like in "Enigma", "Shaman", and "Black River". It's worth noting here that the production on this album is pretty much as good as it gets, the picking on the acoustic guitar is very audible, and no instrument is too loud or too prominent. The drumming is extremely solid, keeping a good pace and variance throughout the playtime of the album. A sweet fill here or there is present, as well as some double bass work, but all in all the drums keep their presence known but never go over the top to be noticed or to stand out, something I'd like to see more.

Vocal wise, this is the album to end all albums. There is a fairly consistent transitioning between clean and growled vocals, both of which are some of the best I've heard in a long, long time. The growls have a tone much like the vocals of the awesome Doom Metal band Swallow The Sun, being very low and throaty, adding the crushing and brutal atmosphere to most of the songs. The clean vocals are fantastic, they aren't whiny at all and are very, very relaxing to listen to. They shine in the choruses, where they often become really catchy and epic, such as the more or less orgasmic chorus to the title track Silent Waters. No songs ever feel too short or rushed, and never drag on longer than they should, something I can't say about a lot of other band's out there. The song is over when it's over, and there are absolutely no filler tracks to make the album seem longer than it actually is.

As for standout tracks, each one is performed with the utmost quality and each track has something worth mentioning or something that stands out, but songs like "A Servant", "Silent Waters", "Shaman", "I Of Crimson Blood", and "Black River" go above and beyond expectations, putting the listener in a world of complete serenity and ecstasy.

I can say things like, "Well, the bass isn't noticeable at all points in every song", but that wouldn't be worth my time. When it comes down to the sound of Amorphis' latest epic Silent Waters I can tell you four simple words: "Album Of The Year". I'm sorry Dark Tranquillity, I'm sorry Sigh, I'm sorry everyone else, but the perfection here is like nothing I've heard in a long, long, long time. If you don't own this yet, you are missing out on the best album of 2007. Buy it. Love it. Embrace it.

Pros

+Fantastic, Top-Notch Vocals
+Guitars Create Some Amazing Melodies
+No Filler Tracks
+Crystal Clear Production
+Unmeasurable Amounts Of Musicianship

Cons

- None At All



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Comments:Add a Comment 
blackmilk
September 23rd 2007



584 Comments


this is so amazing
possible the best album of all time

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007



17920 Comments


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blackmilk
September 23rd 2007



584 Comments


the cover art is the most beautiful thing i have ever seen, how that flaswango contrasts the brooding forest and freezing moon. it makes me want to cry.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007



16264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the cover art is the most beautiful thing i have ever seen, how that flaswango contrasts the brooding forest and freezing moon. it makes me want to cry.


ha ha ha.

funny.


Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007



17920 Comments


its like you see this grim moon and forest and its all blackness and despair but look at the flaswango OH THE CONTRAST


D::::::::::::::::::::

blackmilk
September 23rd 2007



584 Comments


the production on this is really good. it's like the guitars are punching my blatter

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007



17920 Comments


the production takes me away to fairyworld where i fist elves

Angmar
September 23rd 2007



2689 Comments


The amount of failed humor in those comments is enough to fill an empty lake. On another note, this is a good review, and I will most likely end up checking this out.This Message Edited On 09.23.07

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007



16264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The amount of failed humor in those comments is enough to fill an empty lake. On another note, this is a good review, and I will most likely end up checking this out.


Thank you, finally a comment about the album!

blackmilk
September 23rd 2007



584 Comments


most of the good humor is in the review

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007



16264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I want to buy Eclipse now also, I hear it's supposed to be a lot like this CD.This Message Edited On 09.23.07

Crimson
September 23rd 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eclipse is nothing compared to this.

Crimson
September 23rd 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh yeah, forgot to say good review.This Message Edited On 03.06.08

BallsToTheWall
September 23rd 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, my vote is hizzer. Yet to find this cd in stores.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007



16264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, I hope to find Eclipse in stores somewhere but I might have to buy it online. I really need to listen to Amorphis more.

BallsToTheWall
September 23rd 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Me too. I bought eclipse last christmas and lost my cd case a little bit later. I want to delve into their older stuff.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007



16264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You'd love "Tales From The Thousand Lakes". It was the first Amorphis album I'd heard and I still love it.

rattlehead42147
September 23rd 2007



1345 Comments


the gallery isn't even that good in the first place. 3 for me.

and im going to suggest that you become a contributor to the mods, you deserve it. excellent work, thats exactly how i feel about music, in that first paragraph.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2007



16264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nothing really, but crysis definitely deserves that extra little line next to his name.


Thanks, I try to make each review I write worth reading if you're interested in buying the album.

Zoo
September 23rd 2007



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=blackmilk]how that flaswango contrasts the brooding forest[/quote]

Yeah, that flaswango looks absolutely amazing.

Crysis, that first paragraph really makes me want to check this out. But I don't know, I don't seem to like this music, usually.



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