Amorphis
Tales From the Thousand Lakes


5.0
classic

Review

by CaptainWaits USER (3 Reviews)
July 12th, 2005 | 92 replies | 9,941 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


1 of 2 thought this review was well written

This is quite possibly the best Atmospheric Death Metal Album to date! It could be classified as many different styles: Melodic Death, Progressive or Doom. But the style is errelevent. All that matters is how terrific this album is! All of the lyrics are based on the Finnish National Pole Book, "Kalevala", as is the bands following release, "Elegy".

The intro track, "Thousand Lakes", is simply a piano instrumental, which delivers a soothing sound of Lakes and Legends. Very peaceful and comforting.

The following track, "Into Hiding", is quite possibly the best on the album. It has an average paced tempo, with a real heavy guitar riff that drives the song forward. The guitar melodies in this song, as well as many others, are so enjoyable and meaningful, you loose care in everything else. Ville Tumoi's clean vocals are a great switch off with Tomi's death sounding vox, and they help out the songs in large quantaties.

Next up, "The Castaway", is another song at the top of this album. It's very repetative at the beginning, up to about 1:40, but despite the repetivness, it's fun to listen too. A great riff! The chorus of this song is the highlight. The keys featured in it follow the guitar chords, and it's so exact and fullfilling. Great Track!

"First Doom" is one of my less liked tracks. It just doesn't sound much like everything else on this album. It eventually speeds up, but neverless, it doesn't get much better.

"Black Winter Day" is basically the pinacle of this album. It begins with a wicked key chord, and the keys in this song are the focal point of it. Some great work done by Kasper. Ville's Clean vocals are again a nice switch-off from Tomi's. Great Song!

Following up, "Drowned Maid", speeds up the tempo for the album. One guitar plays a heavy riff, as the other plays a nice melody (like in most songs). Not much more to say about this one, but it's a great one to listen too!

"In the Beginning" is another fairly weak track. Nothing really special happens here. Kind of boring to listen too, and it just combines components of previous tracks.

"Forgotten Sunrise" is an interesting number. The very beginning drum beat brings hope for another fast paced song, but instantly after it slows it's tempo, and makes it another slow track. There's many different sections to this song, like it's a bunch of songs combined together. Good overall.

"To Father's Cabin" is one of my favorites on the album. The keys are wonderful (like in every song) and I love the riff. At about the minute mark, there's a clean speech section by Ville, which could've been improved on. But when it ends, after about 40 seconds, the song becomes wicked again. Good track.

The last track on the album, "Magic and Mayhem", is another amazing piece. There's two parts to it: The very simple, soothing keys section, and the ***ing wicked heavy faster paced section, where the keys are still a big element. Love this song!

This album is a must have for all you dudes who want creative/artsy music. Even if you don't like it creative, try this out. I almost *** myslef during my first time with this album. Another cool thing is the image the lyrcis put in your mind. You can sit back and read the lyrics, even when not listening to the music, and think of what's going on in the song. The Artwork in this album is phenomenal too! Highlight tracks are: "Into Hiding", "The Castaway", "Black Winter Day", "Drowned Maid", and "Magic and Mayhem"

*Tales From the Thousand Lakes was also re-release with the Black Winter Day EP later on*

Original Review written for http://www.entertainment-forums.tk


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CaptainWaits
July 13th 2005



21 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Woops, I forgot to add the Line Up in my review, So there may be some confusing spots regarding the band line-up in my review

CaptainWaits
July 13th 2005



21 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

O alright. thanks a ton. I couldn't find an edit spot anywhere's, which seemed kind of odd. Thanks for clearing that up for me

CaptainWaits
July 13th 2005



21 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

D*mn. I also put my review down as Progressive, and now it shows up in the rock section, when this album needs to be in Metal. There's no option for editing that though, so am I stuck??

94_Hours
July 23rd 2005



73 Comments


i have this album, and the guitar and drums are so complex my heads going to explode

StormRider VS IronMan
August 29th 2005



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is one of the best Death metal albums ever but unfortunatelly the sound is preety bad.
It used to be my favourite but now I prefer Tuonela

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2007



16028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Classic album, a must have for a death metal fan's collection, I'll never get enough of the cold, ominous atmosphere of this CD. As close to perfect as you can get in this genre.

Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

rattlehead42147
June 19th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sounds cool i should check this out

FR33L0RD
December 6th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Interesting, i want it

FR33L0RD
December 7th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow.....i didnt knew that band, what a shame, its real good melo death, i love it

Crimson
December 7th 2007



1935 Comments


Need. This.

Hawks
March 27th 2008



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is their second best after Silent Waters. This is probably the best Death/Doom Metal album ever. Silent Waters is more Death/Progressive/Folk Metal.This Message Edited On 03.27.08

HinDae
May 12th 2008



27 Comments


i listen to black winter day on a black metal compilation CD once. i foamed at the mouth, scratched things and i think a c*** in my pants. it kicks ass, ima get it as soon as i can

Hawks
May 12th 2008



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why was Black Winter Day on a Black Metal compilation?

Wizard
August 25th 2008



18799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Someone seriously needs to redo this review seeing as this is their best to date and should be represented accordingly.

Digging: Lord Mantis - Death Mask

Bleak123
August 25th 2008



1902 Comments


what about "Silent Waters"?

Hawks
August 25th 2008



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Silent Waters is definitely their best, but this one is very close behind.

Wizard
August 25th 2008



18799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not even close.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2008



16028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree, Silent Waters is a lot better than this but I still absolutely love this album.

Wizard
August 25th 2008



18799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And here we go again with Silent Waters being consider a 'good' album hahahaha. I think I'm on my own with this one.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2008



16028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I could start telling you how Silent Waters is a hundred times better than Watershed but I won't. ;)



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