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Classic Review: Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
Tales From The Thousand Lakes

Label: SpineFarm Records
Year released: 1994
Duration: 37:49
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: February 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Tales From The Thousand Lakes


This is often lauded as Amorphis' best release, but since most of Amorphis' catalog is utter crap, that isn't really saying a whole lot. This was their second release, back in their Death Metal days in the 90's. So if you say you don't like Amorphis, fanboys will whip this one out on you. "Oh, try Tales From The Thousand Lakes, you'll like this one!" Well, at least this is a Death Metal album, and not crybaby emo wanna-be shit like the band produces now, but it's still not that great.

I don't know. This album has some good riffs on it, and is mostly notable for use of more guitar melodies and some clean vocals – unheard of in 1994, ubiquitous nowadays – but I just don't find it terribly interesting. I like this album okay, and it was undoubtedly influential, as so much of it is a blueprint for everything from In Flames to Dark Tranquility to Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, but it just is not really very exciting to me. Fans of more mainstream melodeth who don't have this should get it, but if you want more aggressive, more inventive Death Metal, there were better bands from the same time period you can check out. Some bands go from great to sucky, Amorphis seem to have started as average and gone downhill from there.

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