"The Beginning Of Times", the new album from Finnish melancholic dark rock/metal masters AMORPHIS, landed at position No. 1 on the official chart in the band's home country.
Released on May 27 via Nuclear Blast Records, "The Beginning Of Times" is described as "the most challenging AMORPHIS album so far in terms of both music and lyrics." Its central character is the iconic hero of Finnish mythology, Vinminen, whose tale has been masterfully retold by lyricist Pekka Kainulainen.
"The Beginning Of Times" was produced by the band; vocals were recorded under the guidance of Marco Hietala (NIGHTWISH, TAROT) 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.
"The Beginning Of Times" track listing:
01. Battle For Light
03. My Enemy
04. You I Need
05. Song Of The Sage
06. Three Words
09. On A Stranded Shore
11. Crack In A Stone
12. Beginning Of Time
13. Heart's Song (digipack bonus track)
The "You I Need" video can be viewed below. The clip was filmed on April 29 in Berlin, Germany. Check out photos from the video shoot at Metal-Hammer.de.
Later this month, AMORPHIS will embark on the extensive "The Beginning Of Times" tour, which is scheduled to continue through 2012.
"The Beginning Of Times" audio samples:
"You I Need" video: