Kalevala Day news from Amorphis
In honour of Kalevala Day, Amorphis has announced the name and track listing of the upcoming album, due for release at the end of May. In April, the band will offer a first glimpse of the new material in the form of the single You I Need.
The central character of the new songs is the iconic hero of Finnish mythology, Väinämöinen, whose tale has been masterfully retold by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen. Titled THE BEGINNING OF TIMES, the new album is Amorphis’ most challenging release so far in terms of both music and lyrics. It comprises 12 songs with a total length of 54 minutes. In addition, the first edition digipack will include the bonus track Heart’s Song.
THE BEGINNING OF TIMES was produced by the band; vocals were recorded under the guidance of Marco Hietala in his home studio in Kuopio. Like its predecessors, the album was mixed by Mikko Karmila. Its cover artwork shows Travis Smith’s magnificent interpretation of the mythological birth of the world from a goldeneye’s egg.
In June, Amorphis will embark on the extensive THE BEGINNING OF TIMES tour, which is scheduled to continue through 2012.
AMORPHIS – THE BEGINNING OF TIMES:
1. Battle For Light
3. My Enemy
4. You I Need
5. Song of the Sage
6. Three Words
9. On a Stranded Shore
11. Crack in a Stone
12. Beginning of Time
(digipack bonus) 13. Heart’s Song