Amorphis' crowning achievement. The perfect blend of Finnish death metal and folk. Pasi Kosinken really lights up this album and Tomi Kouvissaris' gutteral vocals really contribute to the feel of the album. The subltle use of keyboards and other non traditional instrumentation add a nice touch of ambiance without overpowering, unlike some of thier later albums. The album is finished off with a mellow, acoustic, version of My Kantele.
Elegy could have been a better album if the sound was more compelling. Instead, the changes and increase of influences do little to contribute to the music which, if taken aside, has been drained. While there are enough moments that stand out in the album's runtime to give it a much needed bump up, even these feel stale compared to what Amorphis are clearly capable of.