Amorphis is a Finnish heavy metal band founded by Jan Rechberger, Tomi Koivusaari, and Esa Holopainen in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they evolved into playing other genres, including heavy metal, progressive metal, and folk metal. They frequently use the Kalevala, the Epic Poem of Finland, as a source for their lyrics.
In April of 2017, bassist Niclas Etelavuori left Amorphis citing poor management. His replacement is one of the band's original members, Olli-Pekka Laine, who had departed in 2000. 'Queen of Time' resembles the typical Amorphis record--clean and extreme vocals, robust keyboards (piano and organ) and a pageantry for Finnish folklore. Production by Jens Borgen keeps it slightly abrasive while protecting the melodic and organic nature of the music. After this many Amorphis records, I can't even keep track of what's coming or going. Great band, massive catalog, another record.
Recommended for fans of: My Dying Bride, Katatonia, Paradise Lost