Amorphis
Silent Waters


5.0
classic

Review

by TheStig USER (6 Reviews)
March 27th, 2011 | 25 replies | 4,150 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Melodic, heavy and captivating throughout it's entirety.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The term “powerful” has been becoming increasingly common as an adjective for albums that quite simply, do not deserve it. As are the terms epic, classic and even perfect. If you have to think about what makes an album stand out from the rest, it does not deserve the previously mentioned praise. Sure, there are great albums, but they may get lost within your ever-growing music library… Silent Waters is not one of those albums; it is by far one of the most powerful albums I’ve listened to.

The album, as a whole, is incredibly dynamic. It’s heavy, yet incredibly melodic. It’s somber and pained, yet hopeful and ethereal. It’s shows incredible musicianship, and at the same time, the perfect amount of restraint. No member of the band ever over-performs, which makes this album one of the most fluid and musically coherent albums I’ve listened to.

While it would be wrong to highlight one aspect of the music over the others, the performance of the individual members cannot be overlooked. Tomi Joutsen delivers one of the best vocal performances you will hear in metal music. His growls are harsh and deep. His cleans are soft, fitting to the music, and carry incredible melody. Tomi also has something that many vocalists lack, and that’s a middle ground of sorts. The harsh, raspy, clean that he uses for a majority of the album is absolutely stellar.

Tomi’s vocals fit perfectly with the music, which is also done beautifully. The guitar work is phenomenal. The pacing and tone of the guitars are rarely repeated throughout the album’s entirety. There are moments that draw from their days of straight death metal, there are slow acoustic interludes that transition songs beautifully, and there are, most impressively, incredibly melodic guitar leads that hold a very subtle folky vibe. The guitars are layered and dense, but they refrain from ever being overbearing.

The keys add another important layer, but are often subtle enough that they could go overlooked. That would be criminal, as almost every track has a piano melody behind it, and the melodies are done so incredibly well. The keys also work very well with the percussion on this album, especially in certain song transitions where the rest of the music fades out. The drums are tight, very strong and very driving. They push the album along, changing pace seamlessly, and provide a great backbone for the rest of the album.

Silent Waters is a very captivating listen, and one that will not be soon forgotten. The performance by Amorphis on this record is one of the best in modern metal, and will continue to be as my music library grows and grows. For anyone who finds themselves describing album after album as “powerful,” I urge you to listen to Silent Waters.



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Hawks
March 27th 2011



34450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My favorite metal album right here. Nice review dude.

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R6Rider
March 27th 2011



4480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still dig the fuck out of this.



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TheStig
March 27th 2011



253 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah this album just doesn't seem to get old... Don't think it ever will

Hawks
March 27th 2011



34450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah it definitely hasn't for me.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haven't listened to this for quite a while, now that I think of it.

R6Rider
March 27th 2011



4480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yup.

Used to really like Skyforger also but it wore off rather quickly.

Willie
Moderator
March 27th 2011



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of their best albums. Anyone looking forward to the new one?

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R6Rider
March 27th 2011



4480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what new one?!

Hawks
March 27th 2011



34450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fuck yeah I am. Unlike a lot of others, I thought Skyforger was awesome so I'm interested to see where they go from there.

Willie
Moderator
March 27th 2011



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@R6Rider: check the band page on this site. It hasn't leaked so ignore the single rating for it.

TheStig
March 27th 2011



253 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I loved Skyforger too, Hawks. Really excited for the new album

Hawks
March 27th 2011



34450 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hell yeah man.

R6Rider
March 27th 2011



4480 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeeeaaaah buddy!

thanks willie

MO
March 27th 2011



18248 Comments


such a good album, nice review

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TheStig
March 28th 2011



253 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man!

BallsToTheWall
March 28th 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

SO MUCH FLASWANGO

Spare
March 28th 2011



5252 Comments


band is shitty roflmao

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 28th 2011



16258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyone looking forward to the new one?

Yeah, but I'm worried that it will take the same track of blandness as Skyforger.

iFghtffyrdmns
March 28th 2011



7047 Comments


"There moments that draw from their days of straight death metal"
think you meant "there are"

Surprisingly nice review, after a pretty ambitious intro I thought that you were going to fall into your own trap and not quite give the record the praise it deserved and explain what really sets it apart, but instead you did a fine job doing so. Well done :]

TheStig
March 28th 2011



253 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks, iFghtffyrdmns! I appreciate it!

Good catch, fixed it.






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