Amorphis

KISW (99.9 FM) Metal Shop & El Corazon Present:

Amorphis

Dark Tranquillity, Moonspell, Omnium Gatherum, Blood and Thunder, Convergence

Thu Sep 20 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

El Corazon

$14.00 - $80.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Amorphis
Amorphis
Founded 1990 in Helsinki, AMORPHIS have worked their way to the apex of the European metal scene and won international renown. The band's name, derived from "amorphous" (no determinate form or shape), has been programmatic for the pioneers of Finnish metal over the course of their 20-year career. Setting a diverse, intricate and unique style to their musical approach, often being described as "ahead of their time", the band accrued a large and loyal international fan base. From their independently released demo "Disment of Soul" (1991) through the current releases, Amorphis have always fused elements of traditional heavy, death and doom metal with a great variety of non-metal influences, including folk, progressive and psychedelia, and managed to create an instantly recognizable sound of their own. The band's break-through came in 1994 with "Tales From The Thousand Lakes". The album won the band a massive fan base around the world, reaching a multitude of listeners among and beyond the metal community, and remains immensely popular to this day.

In the early stages of their career, Amorphis consisted of Tomi Koivusaari (guitarist and original vocalist), Esa Holopainen (guitars), Olli-Pekka Laine (bass), and Jan Rechberger (drums). Together they greatly affected the metal underground, gained recognition and soon scored a multi-album contract with Relapse Records. Shortly after, Amorphis released their debut album, "The Karelian Isthmus". Receiving an impressive response, the band chose to venture further into melodic terrain, adding progressive keyboard sounds here and clean guest vocals (performed by Ville Tuomi of Kyyria) there. The result was the classic "Tales From The Thousand Lakes", which to this day is considered to be one of the most groundbreaking albums in the doom/death genre. For the first time incorporating lyrics from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, the album also was the first true manifestation of the influential Amorphis sound: a seamless combination of intoxicating melodies and aggressive sounds delivered with both clean and harsh vocals.

The success of "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" provided Amorphis with the opportunity to tour the European continent several times, and followed by their first US tour in late 1994. Shortly thereafter, the band underwent some major musical and line-up changes. Continuing to feature lyrics based on traditional Finnish folk poetry, the third album "Elegy" introduced a new vocalist, Pasi Koskinen. This adjustment proclaimed a significant transformation in Amorphis' career. Pasi's unique vocals brought a new setting to the music, which now concentrated more on compelling keyboard atmospheres, psychedelic guitar sounds and a distinctive arrangement of the vocals, delivered by both Tomi and Pasi. Encouraged by popular and critical approval, the band members took three years to prepare their next album, honing the newfound style to perfection. "Tuonela" was liberally sprinkled with 1970s-style psychedelic touches and marked another great leap ahead for Amorphis, and its successor, "Am Universum" delved even further into progressive soundscapes.

In 2003, Amorphis released "Far From The Sun". While closer to the band's metal roots than the previous longplayer, the album was again very relaxed and melodic as ever, spiced with Far Eastern touches as well as progressive elements in the vein of Pink Floyd. In the late summer of 2004, long-time singer Pasi Koskinen left the band, and Tomi Joutsen (Sinisthra) joined around the end of the year. With a new singer and new energy, the band recorded "Eclipse", an acclaimed masterpiece that combined the best-loved elements of Amorphis' unique sound with fresh vigour. The album went straight to the top of the Finnish charts and was followed by triumphant live appearances all over Europe before the band retreated again to the recording studio.

"Eclipse" was followed by "Silent Waters" in the late summer of 2007. The dynamic and emotional range of the new songs, all of which were based on a single episode from the Kalevala, went beyond any of Amorphis' earlier albums, yet at the same time hearkened back to the band's past output in all its diversity. The release of the new album was preceded by a string of festival appearances - including Germany's famous Wacken Open Air - and immediately followed by a five-week Finnish tour. The remainder of 2007 found Amorphis in Europe, Russia and Japan, whereas in 2008 they played in southeastern Europe, at a multitude of festivals and, during the fall, in the USA and Canada.

The new album "Skyforger" shares the lyrical concept of the two previous albums, its central character being Kalevala blacksmith Ilmarinen. Musically, the band soars to unprecedented heights; not abandoning the cherished ingredients of their sound but rather refining them, augmenting them with fresh elements, and delivering them with breathtaking passion and intensity. Both the album and the single "Silver Bride" went straight to number one in the Finnish charts, and the live qualities of the new songs were immediately tested and proven on the summer's festival stages. In September, Amorphis went on their first-ever tour of Latin America, followed by the extensive Forging Europe Tour in the fall. In the summer of 2010, the band presented its first-ever live DVD, which includes two full shows recorded in 2009 as well as a career-spanning documentary. The release coincided with the 20th anniversary of Amorphis, which in addition was honored by a compilation of re-recorded classic tracks, released in September 2010.

Nostalgia, however, is not what this band is about. Granted, The Beginning Of Times (2011) showcases their trademark style in perfection, including plenty of reference to the death metal days, yet at the same time it proves that Amorphis have lost none of their progressive edge and experimental spirit. Doing honor to protagonist Väinämöinen, the Kalevala's central character whom myth credits for bringing music into the world, the band brought forth its most versatile and nuanced effort to date; in terms of performance and arrangements as well as rythms and sounds. Iikka Kahri, whose flute and saxophone already graced several songs on Skyforger, was back in the fold, Tomi Koivusaari added a few discreet touches of pedal steel guitar and Santeri balanced the 1970s prog and 1990s death elements with a synth vocabulary straight out of the eighties. More noticeable still was the addition of Netta Dahlberg's backing vocals, which beautifully complement Tomi Joutsen's lead - most poignantly on "Mermaid" and "Soothsayer" but also, for example, on the single You I Need. Besides another number one in Finland, The Beginning Of Times also earned Amorphis their first-ever Top 20 rating in Germany.

At the outset of the third decade, Amorphis continue their musical journey creative as ever – not confined to any predetermined shape, yet always instantly recognizable, always true to their own vision, and always unique.

On August 21, 2012, Amorphis announced on their website that a new album was in the works. On January 17, 2013, the band announced the title and release date for their next record. Circle was released on April 19 in Europe and April 30th in North America. On September 16, 2013, Circle won Metal Hammer´s "The Album of The Year" award. Esa Holopainen on the award, "For us, Album of the Year award is a great recognition for the work done so far. Especially when we got it from our 11th studioalbum."

On August 4, 2014, Amorphis announced on their website and through social media that they would be playing a number of special Tales from the Thousand Lakes 20th Anniversary shows where their 1994 album would be performed in its entirety. Tales from the Thousand Lakes 20th Anniversary shows included festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Maryland Deathfest, and 70000 Tons of Metal with many other tour dates and festivals included.

The band began demoing new songs at the start of 2015, and in 4 March of that same year, it was announced that Amorphis will begin to record a new in album in April 2015, at Fascination Street Studio, Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren.

The lyrics will be written once again by Pekka Kainulainen, who says "Like 'Kalevala', they are descriptions of natural phenomena, seasons and the human mind. Reoccuring situations where hope and uncertainty alternate. Attempting to gain advice from higher powers. The poems do not form a complete story per se, but they are drawn together by a certain theme. We live under a red cloud and once again, time weighs us."

The release of the new album will be followed by a world tour, starting with shows in the band's home country of Finland, then other parts of Europe with Nightwish & Arch Enemy in November 2015.

In 15 June 2015, it was announced that the title for the twelfth studio full-length album is Under The Red Cloud, with the artwork and tracklist revealed and with a worldwide release date of 4 September 2015 by Nuclear Blast Records.
Dark Tranquillity
Dark Tranquillity
"Damage Done" is the much-anticipated sixth full length album from Gothenburg's own Dark tranquillity, a band that has become an institution within the realms of extreme Metal, seeing that they deserve full credit for originally kicking off the stylistic wave of melodic Death Metal which has become established and frenetically followed all throughout the world in the meantime.

During their 13 years of existence, Dark tranquillity have always tried to constantly expand their musical borders and stray away from already-conquered territory, and "Damage Done" is certainly no exception to their own artistic goal, being a truly diverse affair showcasing a host of new approaches and inspirational sources. Compared to the electronically-tinged approach of "Haven" (2000) or the laid-back, lush melancholia of the (Swedish) Grammy-nominated entity "Projector" (1999), "Damage Done" is more technical and intense in feel; a direct and solid sound, yet with lots of complex arrangements and sonic structures emerging from below the surface. While not by any means being a sheepish "back to the roots" album, some of the aggressive aesthetics present in Dark tranquillity's earlier work have resurfaced, giving birth to some faster passages, pounding and inherently catchy throughout. From the relentless thrash-o-rama of opener "Final Resistance" to the sombre closing tones of "Ex Nihilo" (the first instrumental in the band's history), "Damage Done" runs the full gamut and showcases a hungry and confident band that presents absolutely no signs of musical exhaustion or willingness to descend from their position as a leading creative force in the metal scene.

Recorded with long term producer Fredrik Nordström at Gothenburg's famous Studio Fredman facilities, the masterfully written and flawlessly executed eleven new creations on "Damage Done" are determined to fully please the passionate melodic Death Metal following as well as bringing new listeners into the very unique and charismatic sound of Dark tranquillity. Watch out for the band to embark on a massive string of tours following the release of this masterpiece of a new album: The damage is done, my friends!
Moonspell
Moonspell
Portuguese gothic metal band formed in 1989 under the name of "Morbid God". They changed their name in 1992.

Members :
Fernando Ribeiro [aka Langsuyar] (vocals), Ricardo Amorim (guitar, 1995-present), Pedro Paixão [aka Passionis, Neophytus] (keyboards, guitar), Sérgio Crestana (bass, 1997-2003), Miguel Gaspar [aka Mike, Nisroth] (drums), João Pedro [aka Tetragrammaton, Ares] (bass, 1989-97), Mantus (guitar, 1992-95), Aires Pereira (bass), Luis Lamelas [aka Malah] (guitar), Tanngrisnir (guitar, 1992-94)
Omnium Gatherum
Omnium Gatherum
Hailing from Finland, Omnium Gatherum is a band playing fierce death metal with breathtaking melodies and progressive originality for people in the metal field looking for something different that still is catchy. A band that truly walks it's own path proudly and shows some new exciting sides on identifiable character. A band of many directions and styles, some of them clearly visible while others were more unseen - namely working and keeping it all together under the moniker of melodic life-and-death metal and bastardizing it with various influences. Adult oriented death metal that it is!
Blood and Thunder
Seattle's burgeoning metal scene has given birth to a new force where the ley lines of dark melody and brutality intersect: Blood and Thunder. Weaving together intricate guitar-craft, ringing, swirling keyboards, bludgeoning bass and drums, and a mix of crack-ice blackened vocals and wolfish death-metal roars, Blood and Thunder create melodic death metal that both crushes and loads your head with barbed hooks that won't come loose after the music ends.
Convergence
Convergence
The sound of progressive power metal act Convergence are what people are thirsty for. Why else would Convergence amass over twenty thousand views of their first release “Fight Another Day” video within a couple weeks and also have a track record of opening for national touring acts like Stabbing Westward, Sonata Arctica, Otep and Evergrey?

A breath of fresh air in the Seattle scene that scratches an itch for those who desire music and live performance that is dynamic, melodic, memorable and hard hitting; Convergence is the perfect merge and resonance of down-tuned aggression, empyreal keyboards, thundering drums and captivating vocals.

Guitarist Richard Chambliss is known regionally for his adept skill on 7-string guitars and epic solos inspired by guitarists like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Restless and driven, Richard formed Convergence to challenge his playing and song writing in ways that he never before had experienced. Richard plays with relentless precision and draws on decades of experience in live performance with bands that he has co-founded with his brother Clif Chambliss such as dark horse progressive metal acts Chiaroscuro and Dread Effect.

Drummer Tony DelVecchio drives Convergence with atomic accuracy. Tony has played in various progressive rock and metal acts for years and is known to spend half of his night at Convergence shows setting up and then tearing down his super sized kit after blasting the audience into sonic ecstasy. Convergence bassist Clif Chambliss likes to refer to Tony as a “rhythmic jungle gym” with whom to sonically explore and play upon Tony’s limber and refined cadences.

Vocalist Jeff Stark has enough energy, passion and talent to front different acts including Convergence. His dynamic vocal style is in demand as he frequently flies down to California to headline as the front man with grunge legends Malfunkshun who are signed to Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s label “EMP label group.” Jeff is an energizing front man who not only brandishes his signature powerful singing but whips up the crowd into a unison of fist pumping and shouting. Jeff also studied under renowned vocal instructor Pamela Moore who is best known for her guest vocals on Queensryche’s epic “Suite Sister Mary.”

Keyboardist Andy Mayor is a band veteran of working with the Chambliss brothers in former bands such as Dread Effect and a solo duo project with Convergence bassist Clif Chambliss. Classically trained along with the Chambliss brothers since the age of 13 in various instruments in symphonic bands, Andy brings unique aural textures and melodies to Convergence’s sound and doubles as the band’s second soloist.

Bassist Clif Chambliss, who is the twin of Convergence guitarist Richard Chambliss, holds down the low end of the ”wall of metal” that these brothers have been known to create. Clif is an aggressive and versatile bassist who doesn’t hold back when an opportunity to bring the bass up front presents itself. Clif also won an international bass solo competition and has played in various studio and live band projects over the years.

Convergence is currently finishing recording
of their initial material while working on new heights of dynamic composition for 2018. Expect to see Convergence opening up for more national acts on the months to come!
Venue Information:
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