As good as the last albums of Amorphis were, the greatest attraction of the Finnish sextet always lay in the band's metamorphoses. However, since singer Tomi Joutsen joined the band, absolute musical continuity has also been the order of the day. Continuity, which unfortunately also brought a little routine with it. The band members apparently agreed that new points of interest had to be set. In the case of "Circle", the eleventh album of the Nordic dark rockers, the changes are noticeable from the first second on. The change at the mixing console in particular provided a breath of fresh air. Instead of the usual cooperation with Nightwish bassist Marco Hietala, Hypocrisy-/Pain mastermind Peter Tätgren now gives the band a much harder sound, which will fit Amorphis very well for many years to come. Singer Tomi Joutsen also relies on nasty growls again. Of course you shouldn't fantasize about a return to "Tales From A Thousand Lakes" times right away. The nature of the compositions has changed too much over the years.
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